The Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond today and will announce their new manager tomorrow morning at a press conference. Though no one knows who the club will name as their new skipper, speculation has surfaced throughout the afternoon about many potential candidates.
According to reports, the next manager will be someone within the Marlins' organization who is a shocking, outside-the-box candidate. Here's a look at some of the names that have been mentioned so far:
Talk has "centered" around the current Marlins' general manager, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, meaning that Jennings now appears to be the favorite for the job. A move from the front office to the dugout, although not unprecedented, would be "outside-the-box" and internal for the Marlins, making Jennings a fascinating but logical choice to take over for Redmond.
Pudge, who formerly played for the Marlins, "does not appear to be in the mix at this time", according to Heyman. Rodriguez would have fit the "outside the box" candidate who the Marlins are looking for and was being discussed throughout the industry as a potential candidate, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.
Frisaro speculates that Dawson, a Hall of Famer, could be the manager due to his status within the organization.
Perez, who has managerial experience in the majors, currently works within the organization and could be an option, according to Frisaro.
Though reports earlier in the night tabbed Conine as the Marlins' next manager, Frisaro now says that the special assistant and former Marlin will not get the job.
Butler, the Marlins' third base coach, was considered an internal candidate to take over the job, but is no longer expected to be named manager on Monday, according to a report from MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. The ex-major leaguer was the manager of the Triple-A Reno Aces from 2008 to 2013, and has been on the Marlins' staff for the last two seasons.
Though reports surfaced last month that the Marlins were interested in replacing Redmond with Backman, who is currently the manager of the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, ESPN.com's Adam Rubin reports that the Marlins never asked the Mets permission to speak to Backman, meaning that he is almost certainly not going to be Redmond's replacement. Backman is considered a leading candidate to get a major-league managing job in the near future due to his success in the minor leagues.
Washington will not be the next Marlins' manager, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Washington had interviewed for the Marlins' job before and may have been of interest to the team, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Roenicke, who was fired by the Brewers earlier this month, may be of interest to Miami due to his big-league managerial experience, according to Navarro. It is unclear if Roenicke is looking to jump back into managing so quickly after losing his job in Milwaukee.
Porter has not been contact by the Marlins, according to a report from Heyman. Porter is currently serving as the Braves' third base coach after being fired as the Astros' manager last season, and was thought to be ready for a jump back into the manager's seat, as reported by Navarro. He served as the Marlins' third base coach from 2007 to 2009 and has the managerial experience that the team was reportedly looking for.
Baker recently expressed a willingness to jump back into managing, and Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that he would "make perfect sense" for the Marlins' opening. Baker has taken the last two seasons off after being fired by the Reds after the 2013 season and has almost twenty years of experience managing in the majors with the Giants, Cubs and Reds.
The Marlins are still paying Guillen to manage them although he's been sitting at home for the last two years, and ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick tweets that Guillen could be the fiery candidate that team owner Jeffrey Loria is looking for. Guillen has recently expressed a willingness to jump back into managing after more than a year off.
A favorite of Loria, the 84-year old McKeon can never be considered out of the running for a Marlins' managerial job, but he will not be the choice this time, according to a report from Nightengale.
The University of Miami alum was thought of as a candidate in some circles as a candidate for the Marlins, but sources indicate that he is not their choice. Cora interviewed for the Rangers' managerial opening over the winter.