Asdrubal Cabrera hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Tuesday night. After signing a one-year deal with Miami for the 2015 season, Suzuki endured multiple offensive slumps.
If the Marlins’ decision to name Dan Jennings their manager earlier this season was one of the most surprising hires in recent memory, moving him out of that job surely was among the most predictable. The team said it could interview anywhere from four to 20 candidates for the opening.
Counting his nine seasons in Japan, Ichiro has 4,213 professional hits. “We’re trying to make it play more fair”.
The choice of Jennings, who is highly respected as a talent evaluator but had never managed above the high school level, to take over when Mike Redmond was sacked May 17 following the Marlins’ 16-22 start, was criticized throughout baseball. The change failed to spark a turnaround, and the injury-riddled Marlins finished 71-91, their sixth consecutive losing season. “I regret everything that doesn’t work”.
As to why Jennings didn’t succeed in turning the season around, Samson said: “I think there were a lot of factors”.
Dan Jennings is introduced by the Miami Marlins as the team’s new manager.
Jennings’ coaches were told they’re free to seek jobs elsewhere, except for first base-infield coach Perry Hill, who is under contract for next year. “And with good health, this is a playoff team”, he said. “I think it’s very comparable to what the [playoff-bound Chicago] Cubs have”.
“In our opinion, it was simply what we thought at that time was the right thing for the Marlins to do in order to salvage the 2015 season”, Sampson said.