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The Marlins shuffle their front office

Sep 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

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These aren’t major moves, but they’re the kind of day-to-day things that keep baseball teams up and running: the Marlins have named a new Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations, a new Vice President of Scouting and a new Vice President of Player Development. They are, respectively, Jim Fleming, Stan Meek and Marty Scott.

Fleming and Meek are longtime Marlins front office types simply changing jobs.  Scott spent the last three years as the manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs of the Independent American Association, and before that spent 34 years working in baseball, most notably as the Rangers Director of Player Development from 1985-1994.

Uber-Marlins fans may have some insight as to the where and the why of these moves.  Some more insight can be gained from Larry Beinfest’s blog post. Upshot: the Marlins just want to get a bit better in the draft, scouting, etc.

My takeaway: while the Marlins’ ownership is a hot mess, Florida has long had some pretty darn competent men manning the baseball operations side of things.  These are the people who have so often squeezed more out of their roster and payroll than anyone thought they could.  One may presume that this kind of rejiggering of jobs that most people don’t pay any attention to contributes to that sort of thing.

  1. kellyb9 - Sep 7, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    The team janitor is now in charge of paying the team’s payroll.

    • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2011 at 10:05 AM

      Normally, his just sits upstairs in the big clock, picking the dog hair from between the bristles of his big broom, occasionally sniffing the Simple Green to be sure that it’s still fresh, and looking sagely down at the world. I think he’ll make a fine, sad paymaster.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    One of the Feesh’s problems this year – though it showed up more in the standings of their minor league teams than on their blighted big league field – is that their minor league system is pretty well bereft of major talent. This may be true for one of the very few times since Dave Dombrowski fled to….Detroit????

    Anyway, the Feesh have pilfered the farm of their best bets, including Stanton, the apparently chastened Tweeter, Alex Sanabia, Jose Ceda, Brad Hand – not all of whom seem to be panning out, at least not yet. Their top current prospect, Matt Dominguez, is a slick fielder at third but bats in the .250 range in AAA and couldn’t cut ML peetching this past spring. The Feesh P/R department – dwarfed, of course, by their Department of Redundancy Department and by whatever department it is that the Chihuahua heads, charged directly with alienating fans in droves (aside from which it has never been clear just what the Chihuahua does, except maybe falsify financial records for his suzerain) – has been cranking out occasional press releases to the beat writers that always refer to Top Prospect Matt Dominguez, as though his mother wrote that entire name on his birth certificate.

    It’s not that the Feesh couldn’t use someone at third who can stop a ball heading down the line before it reaches the outfield wall – they haven’t really had anyone like that since Mike Lowell – but given their demonstrated penchant for orphaning baserunners this lost planet season, someone with a hotter stick than Dominguez’ would probably be better fit. That there isn’t one down in the ethanol fields is more of a reason for this little rejiggering than anything else.

    • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      Erk. Stanton = the Iron Giant.

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