The Miami Marlins have shown signs of wanting to compete as soon as 2023.
They finished with a 69-93 record, so they certainly have a lot of margin to improve.
Before thinking about the roster and the evident offensive deficiencies, the organization must name a manager.
Don Mattingly, who had been at the helm for the last seven seasons, won’t return in 2023 after he and the Marlins decided it was time to move on.
He had been the manager since 2016, so it’s clear the Marlins’ front office value loyalty and is looking for a manager with the potential to stay for a long time.
It’s understandable that they are taking their time to thoroughly analyze every application.
“By my count the Marlins have interviewed at least 10 managerial candidates once, and 4 of those candidates received second interviews. This is by far the most extensive interview process I can recall by the organization in quite some time,” Marlins insider Craig Mish tweeted.
By my count the Marlins have interviewed at least 10 managerial candidates once, and 4 of those candidates received second interviews. This is by far the most extensive interview process I can recall by the organization in quite some time.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) October 24, 2022
There Are Four Finalists
Yesterday, it was reported that the four finalists for the job were Skip Schumaker, Joe Espada, Matt Quatraro and a mystery candidate.
It was later reported throughout the day that the mystery candidate was, in fact, Luis Rojas, who managed the New York Mets in 2020 and 2021.
He is the only one with experience as a big league manager, but that doesn’t make Schumaker, Quatraro, or Espada worse candidates.
They are seen as modern forward-thinking managerial candidates, likely with a strong grasp on analytics.
Quatraro works with the Tampa Bay Rays, Espada with the Houston Astros, Schumaker with the St. Louis Cardinals, and Rojas with the New York Yankees.
It seems like the Marlins finally want to do things right.
Will they make strides to fix their awful offense after hiring a manager?