There is an increasing amount of speculation that current Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen will be let go during the upcoming offseason. Guillen has been on owner Jeffrey Loria‘s last nerve ever since he made the comments in April about Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Guillen has tried to keep his mouth shut, but it just seems to be who he is.
Now it is time to decide who could replace Guillen at the helm. Names like former Major Leaguers Mike Lowell, Brad Ausmus and Mike Redmond have been thrown around. The Marlins were even after Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter before the Houston Astros snatched him up last week. The Marlins have options, but the organization seems to want to go with the former player type since it has been working out for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox.
A name you may not expect to be in the mix is Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. Valentine is not expected to last in Boston either since has he has led his team to the bottom of the American League East division. Clashes with players like Josh Beckett have led to them being traded 3,000 miles away. The Valentine situation will be reassessed in Boston at the end of the season.
Before Loria opted to hire Guillen, he extensively looked at Valentine as the man for the job. It is not quite known if Valentine’s managerial career is finished, but if he’s not with the Red Sox or the Marlins at the start of the 2013 season, he could be with the Cincinnati Reds as manager Dusty Baker‘s deal is about to expire.
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