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Marlins fire Dan Jennings

The strange saga of Dan Jennings and the Marlins has come to an end.

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

While Dan Jennings was initially expected to resume his role as general manager of the Marlins, that is no longer the case. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins "have dismissed" Jennings, as "they believe it's in the best interests of [the] organization."

Jennings was named GM of the Marlins at the end of the 2013 season, and he remained there until May 17th of this year, when he became the manager.

Just yesterday, Scott Gelman wrote that it didn't appear likely that Jennings would return to the Marlins, as his absence from the managerial search process was more than strange.

"While the Marlins did quickly start to interview a handful of candidates, and also brought Bowa in for a second interview, one common theme has been made clear of late: Jennings was not present for any of the meetings.

When Jennings agreed to take over as manager and replace Mike Redmond, he might not have seen the move as one that would result in a decrease of power within the organization. But that appears to be exactly what happened."

This is just the latest move by the Marlins which has signaled their continuing disfunction as an organization. For years, their owner Jeffrey Loria has promised a culture change, but Jennings' dismissal only confirms that nothing has changed.

According to Bob Nightengale, Jennings and Loria's "relationship soured when Jennings played rookie Marcell Ozuna, going against Loria's wishes." He also notes that this is likely the best case scenario for Jennings, as there are more than a few teams already interested in hiring him in an AGM capacity.

Jon Heyman is reporting that the Marlins will not hire anyone to replace Jennings, and that Mike Hill will assume his responsibilities.