After the firing of Mike Redmond yesterday, there was practically round-the-clock speculation over who was going to be the Miami Marlins' next manager.
Reports from last night and early this morning stated that the Marlins would be moving general manager Dan Jennings to new duties as manager of the ball club. Many different reactions came about from that, with Jennings never having any professional playing or coaching experience, despite being considered "a great baseball mind."
The Marlins brought those reports into reality this morning, as they officially announced the demotion/movement of Jennings from the general manager position to team manager. Miami also announced that Mike Goff, an Advance Scout, will be their next bench coach.
"We can't think of anyone better suited for the job than Dan Jennings - one of the people responsible for putting these players together, who can now play a more active role in getting the most out of them," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said in a team press release. "DJ is a passionate baseball man with decades of experience in multiple Major League roles."
The 52-year-old Jennings has been in baseball for 31 years and has been with the Marlins for 13 seasons (including the current season). He was first hired by the Cincinnati Reds in 1986 to be a scout and has worked his way up through the ranks in the front office.
Jennings has not coached baseball since coaching the Davidson High School (Mobile, AL) team over three decades ago. While this is an interesting move by the Marlins, it is yet to be seen if it will help improve their disappointing 16-22 record.