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The Marlins to hire Valentine; kill Puerto Rico's buzz

Jun 25, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

The timing of Valentine's hiring shows that Jeff Loria's heart is too sizes too small.

UPDATE:  Maybe my indignation is premature: Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post quotes Valentine as saying it’s “absolutely not true” that he’d be starting the Marlins job by Monday.  Was this all a misreport by Heyman, or is this an example of Bobby Valentine having way more sense about all of this than Loria?  We’ll likely know more as the day goes on.

10:05 A.M.: It will surprise absolutely no one that the Marlins, as reported by Jon Heyman, have decided to hire Bobby Valentine.  We knew that was happening yesterday.  What is surprising, I think, is the timing of it: According to Heyman, Valentine is to start no later than Monday.

The significance of Monday? That’s when the Marlins start a three-game series with the Mets in Puerto Rico.  The same Puerto Rico in which Marlins’ interim manager Edwin Rodriguez was born, raised and where he calls home. The same Puerto Rico that, according to, is going nuts with joy over the fact that Rodriguez is their first native son to be a big league manager, even if everyone knows it’s just an interim job.

Jeff Loria, however, doesn’t seem to care.  He can’t be bothered to let Rodriguez and the fans in Puerto Rico have three freakin’ days of national pride over his ascendancy to a major league managerial job.  Gotta get Bobby V. in there now!  Why? Who knows. Maybe Loria’s clueless and doesn’t realize how important this would be to Puerto Rico and, in all likelihood, Rodriguez. Maybe he thinks that having Valentine in uniform to manage against the Mets will somehow stick it to New York. I have no idea.

Whatever the reason, though, it’s a poor, poor move on Loria’s part. These three games aren’t going to make a huge difference in the Marlins’ season. They would, however, make a huge difference to Puerto Rico and Rodriguez if he were still at the helm.

Bobby V. has been waiting for months for a major league job, Loria.  I’m sure he’d have no problem waiting a couple of days longer and take over the Marlins on Friday.  Cut Puerto Rico and Rodriguez a break, would ya? Let the man manage in Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 25, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    I agree, seems like Scrooge McLoria has the same tin ear as Tony Hayward.

  2. Xpensive Wino - Jun 25, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Ah yes, the damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t scenario. If he left Rodriguez as manager, then you and your kind would be ripping Loria for a grotesque publicity stunt by naming Rodriguez manager right before the Puerto Rico trip and go off on some tangent about how he’s manipulating the poor guy because he’a a native son in order to milk the angle and get attention for his team, blah, blah, blah…….

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Jun 25, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    That’s ridiculous. We’ve known this series in PR has been happening for months. If anyone was inclined to rip Loria over Gonzalez taking over as a “publicity stunt” we would have done it already. I defy you to find one example of that happening anywhere.

  4. greatpretender - Jun 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Frankly, it’s not Loria’s job to be concerned with Puerto Rican “national pride” (btw, PR is a commonwealth, not a sovereign nation). His job is to run a business and put the best possible team on the field. If he has hired Valentine to manage, Valentine should manage. As another poster pointed out, delaying Valentine’s debut so that a “native son” can manage smacks of manipulation and a p.r. stunt to sell tickets. He is indeed “damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.”

  5. NYCBaseball - Jun 25, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Funny, it sounds like you take Loria’s job more seriously than Loria does.

  6. Old Gator - Jun 25, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Well, as Eddy Murphy famously said, follow the rich white man. I figure that whatever Scrooge McLoria decides to do, it’ll be a financial decision, human interest be damned. Even so, I’m surprised that no one has wondered aloud which manager would be better for the Feesh’s ego after the worst team in baseball kicked the living crap out of them yesterday.

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