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Bobby Valentine rips the Marlins on ESPN

Jul 1, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

Bobby Valentine on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” yesterday, talking about the Marlins’ hiring process:

“If this is a major-league process, I hope I’m never in the process
again. It’s very
disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times, but it’s over.”

The linked articles goes a bit more into the details of why he and the Marlins couldn’t come to a meeting of the minds, suggesting that Valentine’s desire to have say in personnel decisions was in conflict with the baseball operations people’s preferences for a less-demanding manager.

This explanation makes sense and feeds into what, to me at least, seemed like an internal clash on the Marlins’ part between Jeff Loria on the one hand, who clearly wanted his friend and big media wheel Valentine, and team president David Samson and GM Larry Beinfest on the other hand who — no matter what you say about the Feesh — run a pretty tight and competent ship on their side of the equation and probably prefer more of a company man in the dugout.

After all of this, one wonders if the Samson-Beinfest team even wanted to fire Fredi Gonzalez in the first place.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 1, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Not that I am the biggest Bobby V. fan, but good for him here. Why go there when there could be some better openings after this season.

  2. JB (the original) - Jul 1, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    The ideal for this situation would be Tom Kelly, but I just don’t think he wants to grind his life up managing again. That said, he is a “teaching, fundamentals” type manager who was used to the constant loss of developed talent and worked with what he had, and made it work. I’m sure Bobby V. interviewed with a ‘well, here’s what I’m gonna do’, only to be shot down with a ‘wait, we’re not changing our philosophy, we’re just hoping a managerial change might let us squeeze a bit more performance out of what we have’

  3. hnirobert - Jul 1, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    I’m a Marlins fan, born and raised in Miami but I’m at my wits end when it comes to Loria. Can the MLB interject here and hijack this team from the scumbag? He’s truly doing a disservice to the community. He gets a free stadium, isolates the Broward and Palm Beach county fans by building a ballpark in super South Miami and continues to not want to put a productive product on the field. The 2003 championship was a once in a lifetime situation, not the norm.

  4. JBerardi - Jul 1, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    I have never really understood why A) Bobby Valentine wanted to manage for the Marlins, or B) why the Marlins wanted Bobby Valentine to manage for them. So maybe this isn’t such a surprise.

  5. 27xchamps - Jul 1, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Loria is the biggest piece of crap in MLB if not the worst in professional sports period.. and at the calle ocho stadium there will be more fish in the aquarium behind homeplate the jose’s in the seat thats for sure people go to crack town to watch the heat aint nobody gonna go watch the fish flop… p.s. bobby v you made out best in this situation ..marlins dont deserve him.. loria should feed himself to a shark to try and get more then 18 people to a game.. i would pay to watch him OUR misery(as baseball fans)

  6. Old Gator - Jul 1, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    I slept through most of this nonsense today, since I’d already gotten an earful of it last night on the Dan LeBatard show on 790 Thee Teekit. The linked article exists in the same neverneverland as the Feesh ownership: the fans aren’t going to root or not root for the team because they like the idea of an underdog manager. They’re going to continue staying away in droves – as they have been for years – because they’re turned off by a mediocre product on the field and a tightwad ownership that rakes in profits and won’t invest in the team on the field. Why should they walk through the turnstiles when the owner pisses on their heads?
    I imagine that with that parting shot, Bobby Valentine probably burned his bridge to Scrooge McLoria as well. He should have had a personal Polonius to caution him before he got himself mired in discussions that were doomed to go nowhere. Bobby, being pretty intelligent, probably figured that Scrooge had seen the error of his ways, realized that he wasn’t going anywhere with this team on a puckered budget, and was calling him only because he was ready to open up the money vault and give him what he needed to win. Mis-take. Scrooge McLoria has the intellectual flexibility of a glass rod, and Bobby is clearly better off not having it up his tailpipe.

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