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Marlins narrowing managerial search

Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:38 am
Edwin Rodriguez The Marlins are down to four or five candidates for the manager's job, the Miami Herald reports , with one of the candidates in current interim manager Edwin Rodriguez.

While president David Samson wouldn't divulge any of the other candidates, the Herald names Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and Padres bench coach Ted Simmons likely among the finalists. Ex-manager Jim Fregosi and current ChiSox manager Ozzie Guillen could also be considered.

What's for certain is Florida won't dilly-dally around when it comes to finding the next permanent skipper.

"Obviously, we'd like a manager hired as we head into the offseason, as the team takes shape, as we head into the new ballpark,'' Samson said Sunday.

"[The hiring process] could happen quickly or it could take time, and the reason is we'll go through a process of identifying the exact direction we want to go,'' he added.

Rodriguez is 43-41 since taking over for the fired Fredi Gonzalez and is the first Puerto Rican manager in baseball history which plays to the Marlins' quest to be considered the Latin American team of baseball, hoping to attract Hispanic fans to the park.

Pena skippered the Royals for four seasons, taking over partway through 2002 and then helming the team to an improbable winning record of 83-79 that caught many by surprise in '03, but fell to 58-104 the next season and was dismissed in 2005 after tarting 8-25. He has been with the Yankees since.

Simmons is a long-time minor league manager who is becoming a very popular candidate to take over a team while Fregosi, a 15-year managing veteran, hasn't led a dugout since after the 2000 season.

-- Evan Brunell

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