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Marlins looking for a “new voice” after firing manager Mike Redmond

Mike Redmond (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

With the 2015 baseball season moving along daily and certain teams getting off to slow starts, managers on the hot seat were a daily topic.

Ron Roenicke of the Milwaukee Brewers was rumored to be the first to get fired and he was.

The second name was Mike Redmond of the Miami Marlins due to the fact that management went out and made trades and spent money in the off-season to give the team a chance to challenge the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

On Sunday, Redmond learned his fate after a disappointing 16-22 start to the 2015 season. The Marlins also let his bench coach, Rob Leary go after the team was swept by the Braves.

The Marlins entered the season with high hopes, but got off to a 3-11 start. Miami then rebounded and improved to 12-12 on May 2. But since then, the club has played inconsistent , going 4-10 after the latest sweep by Atlanta.

The club will announce Redmond’s replacement at an 11 a.m. ET news conference on Monday and rumors suggest that the new manager could be Dusty Baker, former manager Jack McKeon, current third base coach Brett Butler, special assistant to the GM Jeff Conine. Tony Perez and Andre Dawson also work in the Marlins’ front office.

The 44-year-old Redmond, who replaced Ozzie Guillen after the 2012 season, had his contract extended through 2017 before the final game of 2014 where the Marlins improved by 15 wins, and finished 77-85.

The former major league catcher inherited a young team that went 62-100 in his first season. Overall, he finishes with a record of 155-207.

President of baseball operations Michael Hill said, ”Really, we’re just looking for a new voice.”

 

 

Tino Martinez resigns as Miami Marlins hitting coach amid verbal abuse reports

Tino Martinez as a Yankee (photo by Amin Eshaiker via wikipedia commons)

Former Major League Baseball player Tino Martinez was known to be one who thrived on pressure.

During his career with Seattle, the Yankees twice, St. Louis and Tampa Bay, who would always come up with clutch hits.

His career stats showed he had a nice career hitting .271 with 339 homers and 1,271 RBI’s.

Martinez was named the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins for the 2013 season, replacing Eduardo Perez.

Apparently as the hitting coach of the Marlins, Martinez could not handle the pressure of working with and helping young players on a losing team.

Martinez resigned his position just hours after complaints by players about him verbally abusing them became public.

The allegations included him physically abusing Derek Dietrich several months before the resignation. Martinez’s behavior in the clubhouse was reported to also include verbal attacks towards other Marlins’ players, Justin Ruggiano and Chris Valaika and minor leaguer Matt Downs.

Martinez was in his first season as an MLB coach.

No collapse in 2012, as Braves clinch NL playoffs berth with win over Miami

 

In 2011, the Atlanta Braves led the St. Louis Cardinals by 10 games in the National League Wild-Card race only to lose it and a chance at the playoffs. The Cardinals went onto to become the NL champions and World Series champions.

In 2012, the Braves have weathered the storm and will make the playoffs.

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Retiring third baseman Chipper Jones led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a double to right-centerfield off the Miami Marlins’ Mike Dunn, the losing pitcher who falls to 0-3. He advanced to third on a wild pitch before Freddie Freeman homered to send the Braves to the postseason for the second time in three years.

Jones’ double in the ninth tied him with Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar for 57th place on the all-time major league career list with 2,724.

Chipper Jones (photo by Dirk Hansen via wikipedia commons)

Atlanta starter Kris Medlen pitched seven innings, allowing three runs and five hits, striking out eight and walking none. He did not figure in the decision but he and the Braves go into the record books. The Braves have won Medlen’s last 22 starts, tying a major-league record set by Whitey Ford and Carl Hubble.

 

Info compiled from MLB.com & Atlanta Braves news

Better deal has Astros trading Lee to Miami, not Los Angeles

 

Carlos Lee (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Carlos Lee to the LA Dodgers was the talk of last week but never materialized.

But the Houston Astros received a better deal from the Miami Marlins and thus, they traded the only threat in their lineup to South Beach.

First baseman/outfielder Lee was traded on Wednesday in exchange for two prospects, third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen.

The 36-year-old Lee, as a 10-and-5 player, had the right to agree to a trade and where.

He spent five-plus years in Houston and is hitting .287 with five homers and 29 RBI’s in 65 games for an anemic Astros offense.

 

Info compiled from Houston Astros & Miami Marlins news

Zambrano good on the mound and at plate in win over Phillies

 

Carlos Zambrano (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Carlos Zambrano, despite all of his temper tantrums over the years, has always been a good athlete.

He is a threat to win every game he pitches and also has to be dealt with at the plate.

On Sunday, against the slumping Philadelphia Phillies, Zambrano went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs.

He also hit a home run, which is the 24th of his career.

Zambrano leads all major league pitchers in career home runs since 1974. He is a switch-hitter.

On the mound, the right-hander pitched 7.2 innings, allowed one run and four hits in the Miami Marlins 5-1 win.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Miami Marlins, Radio & TV news

 

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