Don Mattingly has been the skipper of the Marlins since 2016 and with his contract up at the end of the 2019 season, is it time to start looking at a replacement for Donnie Baseball?
Mattingly signed a four-year contract to manage the Marlins in the fall of 2015 and is now entering his final year of that contract. He has failed to make playoffs in his three years managed thus far. I don’t blame Mattingly for his unsuccessful tenure with the club. He was dealt a poor hand.
In his first year as manager, he lost his Ace pitcher in Jose Fernandez. Even before Jose’s death, the pitching staff was in shambles, the bullpen was unreliable, the rest of the rotation behind Jose was inconsistent. You can’t win games without pitching. It was the same story during the 2017 season. The offense did what they could to win games, but the pitching faltered.
2018 was the first year of the Marlins’ “rebuild” so it was expected that the team would not be successful. Mattingly was open for the challenge in managing a roster full of inexperienced players and a what challenge it was. The Marlins finished with the the fourth worst record in all of Major League Baseball. The other three teams behind them were the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles.
So who should manage the Marlins in 2020? My two choices would be Jorge Posada or Joe Girardi.
Posada was recently hired to join the Marlins front office as Special Advisor of Baseball Operations. It’s possible that after Mattingly’s time is done, Posada will be given consideration to become the next Marlins manager.
Jorge Posada played 17 years in the majors, and all of them with the Yankees. Posada is Derek Jeter’s best friend and he is very knowledgeable about the game. He won four World Series championships while with the Yankees and while Posada may not have managing experience, he was indeed a catcher and catchers are among the best managers in the game.
Joe Girardi on the other hand, does have managing experience and also has four World Series titles, three of them as a player and one as manager. Girardi has managed the Marlins once before.
In 2006 he managed the Florida Marlins and earned Manager of the year in his first and only season as their manager. He was later relieved of his duties after taking the Marlins close to Wild Card contention. The relationship between former Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria and Girardi was not a healthy one. Not a surprise at all with Loria being the owner at the time.
However it is possible that Girardi may not even be considered for the job given the relationship he and Posada had was a bitter one while playing for Girardi. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
These are my two top options for a new Marlins’ manager in 2020, who are yours?
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