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The Marlins have fired Fredi Gonzalez

Jun 23, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

Whoa — this came out of the blue. Our own Matthew
Pouliot said just a few weeks ago that Marlins’ manager Fredi Gonzalez should get canned
, but I didn’t think it would actually happen. Now Joe Capozzi is reporting that the Florida Marlins have fired Gonzalez and two coaches. Edwin Rodriguez has been named interim manager.

The Marlins are currently 34-36. They’ve hit a bad stretch in the past couple of weeks, but they just took 2 of 3 from the Rays. Most projection systems had them as a sub-.500 team this season, so they’re actually overperforming.

Of course, Jeff Loria seemed none too eager to keep Gonzalez around after last season anyway, flirting with Bobby Valentine and everything. And of course, there was Gonzalez’s little tiff with Hanley Ramirez recently which, however on the side of angels Gonzalez happened to be, had to have harmed his relationship with his best player. A player that the owner buys jewelry for, for cryin’ out loud.

  1. JCD - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Wow, that’s pretty stunning. I hope he goes to the O’s straightaway and helps them start righting that sinking ship.

  2. BC - Jun 23, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    The way he handled the Ramirez thing doomed him.
    Hey, Loria is the same guy that fired the Manager Of The Year (Girardi) a few years back. This should not be a shock.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 23, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Well, I don’t want to toot my own vulvazoola, but…I told you so, didn’t I ?
    If anything “doomed” Fredi, it was the genetic component that determined the configuration of his central nervous system, especially the top front part. Hearts are not breaking all over Macondo tonight, in any case. Most Feesh fans that I know – yeah, yeah, all twelve of them – thought, as I did, that he was a terrible tactician, but would hang on because he was a good lapdog for a Scrooge McLoria badly bruised by Joe Girardi’s hard-earned contempt. Problem is, McLoria already has a Chihuahua and needed a Mexican Hairless like a hole in his wallet. Maybe managing a designatedhitterball team would work better for him; his cranial tubes would be less likely to overheat.
    The biggest problem that any Feesh manager faces is Scrooge McLoria himself. The Prince of Impecuniousness actually believes that he can forge a winning team on peanuts. The gypsy told him so – but he probably stiffed her too, and I bet she’s still out there looking for him thinking is name really is Larry Talbot. And I do mean peanuts. With cowries going for ten dollars a bag at the Zuni markets in Gallup, chances are he won’t be…ahem…shelling out any of those, much less any bags of luchre of any kind, to build a team that has balance, ballplayers playing their actual positions, a marginally functional middle relief corps and a manager with a working mind in his brain who can find ways to win consistently. As long as Loria tries to validate upon the field of dreams his cheapskate ways through sheer force of will, this, folks, is the mediocre product you can expect from this organization. Marlins? More like farm raised catfeesh.

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