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UPDATE: Valentine no longer being considered by Marlins

Jun 27, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

Something must have gone seriously wrong on Saturday or Sunday in south Florida because Bobby Valentine is no longer under consideration for the Marlins' opening at manager. Or is he?

UPDATE, 10:34 PM:  Spencer now says that Heyman got it right.  Valentine is no longer in the running for the job.

UPDATE, 8:50 PM:  Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald heard from a “high-placed source” late Sunday night that Valentine is still a candidate for the job.

UPDATE, 6:24 PM:  This is all news to Valentine, who texted “I have no idea” to the Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi when asked about Heyman’s report and whether or not he is still in the running for the job.

6:11 PM:’s Jon Heyman reports that Bobby Valentine is no longer in the running for the Marlins’ managerial opening.

What an odd turn of events.  Valentine seemed like a near-lock for the gig on Friday when Heyman posted this on Twitter:

marlins, valentine have at least a tentative deal for him to manage. he starts by monday, when florida plays mets in P.R.

And Heyman was not alone.  Many in the baseball industry, even those with close ties to both Valentine and the Marlins’ thinking were penciling the Baseball Tonight analyst in as the team’s new manager.

Now it appears that the Marlins will stick with interim skipper Edwin Rodriguez as they travel to Puerto Rico for a three-game set with the Mets.  It’s a nice honor for Rodriguez, who is from the country, but whether he will have his interim tag removed altogether remains to be seen.  The Marlins cut ties with manager Fredi Gonzalez last week after the club got off to a 34-36 record this season under his watch.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 27, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Bobby probably asked for assurances that Scrooge McLoria would remove the minefields and laser traps around his wallet and give him the players he would need to build a winner. That’d be a deal breaker with this regime, toot sweet. If that’s the case, Bobby lucked out. He’s got a nice situation as a commentator and needs the kind of grief that would come with working for this puckered organization like a hole in the head. The fans, of course, get screwed again. And they wonder why the attendance is awful here?
    The Feesh seem to be in freefall, on the field and off of it – looking as clueless topside as (dare I say it) the Mutts themselves. It’s the fruit of Scrooge’s tightwad approach and delusional conviction that he can build a winner on a shoestring. True, just throwing money dumbly at a payroll won’t guarantee a winner. But strangling your payroll while you stuff your pockets will guarantee a loser. I have the nauseous feeling that we’re looking at the onset of Peetsburgh Sur.

  2. 27xchamps - Jun 28, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    loria is the worst …. too bad booby v could of put an extra 10 fans in the seat to bring attendance to a whopping 76 a game …

  3. Jonny5 - Jun 28, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Well I heard it through the grapevine that Valentine wanted an unlimited supply of teeth whitener built into his contract, which for him is a one month supply for every week. Loria apparently found out how much that would cost him and ripped up the contract out of sheer anger and had Valentines agent forcefully removed bouncer style, to the sidewalk. Is he insane? I heard the new ballpark is going to have quarter activated urinals and the stalls will charge 50 cents per linear foot of T.P.

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