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Even at 80, Jack McKeon is going strong but the Marlins want stability at a position heading into a new era.
Current Manager: Jack McKeon
Status: After Edwin Rodriguez resigned in late June, McKeon took over as the interim manager, hoping to reignite the ballclub like he did with the 2003 Marlins, who went on to win the World Series.
However, the Marlins have yet to repeat the exact magic they were looking for and will certainly want to have a stable manager once they play the first game at the new ballpark vs. the Cardinals on April 4 of next year. If McKeon returns, it will only be for a single season, which I doubt the Marlins will want to do knowing it could effect their negotiating ploy with free agents this offseason.
There is no doubt the Marlins have and will go for a big name for the job this offseason. We have seen them go twice after former manager and TV analyst Bobby Valentine, but for whatever reason negotiations fell apart and of course they tried last season to "talk" to Ozzie Guillen but were negated.
Obviously, the new stadium is all the "talking" the Marlins could hope for in luring in their favorite target, and odds are stacked in their favor they will land a front office favorite and ownership favorite in the White Sox skipper.
If they do, they would also land Guillen's guy, pitching coach Don Cooper, if La Russa comes blowing into Chicago with his own guy, Dave Duncan.
Frontrunner: Ozzie Guillen
Chances it Happens: High