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Marlins to interview Jack Howell for hitting coach position


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The Florida Marlins requested and received permission Monday to talk to Diamondbacks minor league field coordinator Jack Howell about their vacant hitting instructor's job.


Howell, a former University of Arizona standout, has been in the Diamondbacks' system since 2002 when he managed Missoula before becoming hitting instructor for Triple-A Tucson in 2003 and moving to organizational hitting instructor in 2004.


While he was at Tucson, the Sidewinders had a .279 team batting average.


The Marlins are looking to replace Bill Robinson, who was the hitting instructor for two World Series championship teams: the 1986 Mets and the 2003 Marlins. Robinson and the rest of former manager Jack McKeon's staff were let go at the end of the season.


Howell played 11 years in the majors with the Angels, Padres and Astros before spending four years in Japan where he hit a league-leading 38 home runs for the Yakult Swallows in 1992.


The Marlins also are believed to have interviewed ex-sluggers Andres Galarraga and Dante Bichette for the hitting instructor's position.



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Funny Girardi's name is nowhere to be found in this story. :mischief2


One has to wonder if team officials have taken over the search (atleast publically) after the whole Jimmy Key idea blew up in Girardi's face at the expense of Wiley's relationship with Girardi and the Marlins.

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