The Marlins are "moving fast" to interview Bobby Valentine as soon as possible, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Rosenthal says other candidates are in the mix for the job Fredi Gonzalez held until this morning.
Jack McKeon, who managed the Marlins to a World Series title in 2003, is not in the running to manage the team again, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post (via Twitter). No more than ten candidates have a shot at the position and the Marlins hope to hire a new manager by the All-Star break (Twitter link).
Team president David Samson spoke with Valentine this morning, according to Capozzi (via Twitter). Interest is mutual at this point; Valentine has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Orioles' opening and said he would consider managing the Marlins.
I wouldnt expect McKeon to be in the running, he turns 80 later this year
Jeffrey Loria and Bobby Valentine deserve each other.
What a joke. Bobby Valentine is a complete jackass, and he clearly only wants to be in Miami to be close to the action. This is a horrible move for a young team.
Here’s a thought….why not Jeff Torborg? He’s done great things with young teams. (and yes, I know he was let go right before the Marlins took off in 03)