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Bobby Valentine may still be a candidate for the Marlins' gig

Jun 29, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

It sounds like there's a serious power struggle going on in Marlins Headquarters

We haven’t gotten any official, on-the-record word from anyone about what’s going on with the Marlins’ manager hunt, so we may as well fight the unconfirmed “Bobby V. is out” fire with some contradictory fire from the Miami Herald:

On Sunday, a major-league source told The Miami Herald that Bobby
Valentine, who was believed to be the front-runner for the job that
opened when Fredi Gonzalez was fired last week, was no longer a
candidate. Other local and national media outlets reported the same
information, and baseball commissioner Bud Selig was notified of that
decision.

On Monday, though, another big-league source said not
to count out Valentine just yet.

“Everybody’s still a
candidate,” including Valentine, the source said.

Asked on
Monday if the Marlins had told him he was no longer being considered,
Valentine text-messaged a one-word reply: “No.”

This has all the stink of an internal power struggle, not a falling out between Valentine and the team. If it was the latter, both Valentine and the Marlins would have had their spin out by now, with Bobby V. surrogates talking about mixed signals from the team and team surrogates talking about Valentine being a prima donna or whatever.

We have none of that. We do have someone leaking to the Miami reporter that they’re still considering Bobby and someone else leaking to Jon Heyman — who makes his home in Miami in the winter — that the team has moved on to other candidates.

It’s all speculation on my part, if I had to guess, the Valentine-loving Loria or someone close to him is talking to the Miami Herald and someone closer to baseball operations is talking to Heyman, each side trying to create their own reality with the spin.

Which is great fun for all of us who aren’t Marlins fans.

(thanks to Old Gator for the heads up)

  1. JBerardi - Jun 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Ummm… why does Bobby Valentine want this job?

  2. Old Gator - Jun 29, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Because the assistant general manager of the Chiba Lotte Swallows was willing to stab him in the back, but had too much pride to agree to walk up and down on him with stiletto heels – but the Chihuahua definitely would. This is what he gets for taking a stool on the ESPN set that used to belong to Marv Albert.

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