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Marlins fire manager Girardi after rift with owner

 

STEVEN WINE

 

Associated Press

MIAMI - Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi was fired Tuesday, a move that had been expected after his rift with owner Jeffrey Loria boiled over in an on-the-field confrontation two months ago.

 

Girardi lost his job even though he's considered a strong candidate for NL manager of the year. The Marlins had baseball's youngest team and lowest payroll at $15 million, but Girardi led them to a 78-84 record, and they were in contention for a playoff berth until a late-September fade.

 

The cost-conscious Marlins wanted Girardi out so badly they were willing to let him go with two years left on a guaranteed three-year contract he signed in October 2005, when he became a manager for the first time. At 41, he was the second-youngest manager in the major leagues after spending 15 years as a big-league catcher.

 

Atlanta third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez is considered the front-runner to replace Girardi. Gonzalez was runner-up in the Marlins' search a year ago after Jack McKeon resigned.

 

Girardi's strained relationship with Loria and general manager Admin Beinfest became public in August. Loria subsequently declined to endorse the job Girardi did in his first year as a manager, even though the Marlins far exceeded expectations while playing 22 rookies.

 

The rift erupted at a game Aug. 6, when Loria berated an umpire while sitting behind the plate. From the dugout, Girardi asked the owner to stop, witnesses said. Loria angrily left his seat and confronted Girardi after the game during a 90-minute clubhouse meeting.

 

Loria declined to comment on the episode or respond to published reports that he fired Girardi, then changed his mind.

 

Beginning in spring training, Beinfest clashed with Girardi over personnel decisions, and during the second half of the season the general manager was rarely seen in the clubhouse or manager's office.

 

The power struggle had no apparent affect on the team. The Marlins were widely projected to lose more than 100 games, but instead they rallied from an 11-31 start and trailed in the NL wild-card race by only two games on Sept. 12 before fading.

 

The Marlins became the first time to climb above .500 from 20 games under. They also became the first team to have four rookies win 10 games, and they set a record for most home runs by rookies with 112.

 

As a player, Girardi was a member of three World Series championship teams with the New York Yankees. He spent seven seasons with the Chicago Cubs and also played for the Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals before retiring as a player in 2003.

 

The Illinois native and Northwestern graduate becomes a potential candidate to replace Dusty Baker, who was fired as manager of the Chicago Cubs on Monday. Two other teams are also looking for managers - Washington parted with Frank Robinson, and San Francisco cut ties with Felipe Alou.

 

The Marlins' managerial change will be the eighth since their first game in 1993.

 

 

 

Done deal.

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Florida Marlins Fire Manager Girardi

 

MIAMI -- Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi was fired Tuesday, a move that had been expected after his rift with owner Jeffrey Loria boiled over in an on-the-field confrontation two months ago. Girardi lost his job even though he's considered a strong candidate for NL manager of the year. The Marlins had baseball's youngest team and lowest payroll at $15 million, but Girardi led them to a 78-84 record, and they were in contention for a playoff berth until a late-September fade.

 

http://www.nbc6.net/news/9989847/detail.ht..._09070110032006

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lol now marlins come back next year with freddy as manager and win it all.... then it will be considered a "good" move.... honestly... i dont know what to think of this... i remember alot of games i was at that the marlins lost due to poor managing..... but at the end of the season u cant help but like the guy... oh well.... cant wait till 07!!

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lol now marlins come back next year with freddy as manager and win it all.... then it will be considered a "good" move.... honestly... i dont know what to think of this... i remember alot of games i was at that the marlins lost due to poor managing..... but at the end of the season u cant help but like the guy... oh well.... cant wait till 07!!

 

All the people that are pissed off that Joe was fired are gonna do two things. If the team is better next year they will say it's because of the players that they got better but if the team gets worse it's because Freddie isn't a good manager.

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MIAMI ? (AP) ? Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi was fired Tuesday, a move that had been expected after his rift with owner Jeffrey Loria boiled over in an on-field confrontation two months ago.

 

Girardi lost his job even though he's considered a strong candidate for NL manager of the year. The Marlins had baseball's youngest team and lowest payroll at $15 million, but Girardi led them to a 78-84 record, and they were in contention for a playoff berth until a late-September fade.

 

The cost-conscious Marlins wanted Girardi out so badly they were willing to let him go with two years left on a guaranteed three-year contract he signed in October 2005, when he became a manager for the first time. At 41, he was the second-youngest manager in the major leagues after

spending 15 years as a big-league catcher.

 

Atlanta third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez is considered the front-runner to replace Girardi. Gonzalez was runner-up in the Marlins' search a year ago after Jack McKeon resigned.

 

Girardi said he was fired during a brief meeting in his office with team president David Samson, general manager Admin Beinfest and assistant general manager Mike Hill. Loria did not attend.

 

"They came in and said, 'We're going to make a change,''' Girardi said. He said no reason was given.

 

"To hash over what happened doesn't make any sense,'' Girardi said.

 

Marlins officials did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

 

Girardi, an Illinois native and Northwestern graduate, becomes a potential candidate to replace Dusty Baker, whose contract with the Chicago Cubs was not renewed Monday. Two other teams are also looking for managers ? Washington parted with Frank Robinson, and San Francisco cut ties with Felipe Alou.

 

Girardi said he has no idea what he'll do next season and plans to discuss options with his wife.

 

His strained relationship with Loria and Beinfest became public this summer. Loria subsequently declined to endorse the job Girardi did in his first year as a manager, even though the Marlins far exceeded xpectations while playing 22 rookies.

 

The rift erupted at a game Aug. 6 when Loria berated an umpire while sitting behind the plate. From the dugout, Girardi asked the owner to stop, witnesses said. Loria angrily left his seat and confronted Girardi after the game during a 90-minute clubhouse meeting.

 

Loria declined to comment on the episode or respond to published reports that he fired Girardi, then changed his mind. Girardi also declined to discuss his differences with Loria and Beinfest.

 

"Obviously, the things I did, whether they were perfect or not, the players responded. We won,'' Girardi said.

 

Beginning in spring training, Beinfest clashed with Girardi over personnel decisions, and during the second half of the season the general manager was rarely seen in the clubhouse or manager's office.

 

The power struggle had no apparent affect on the team. The Marlins were widely projected to lose more than 100 games, but instead they rallied from an 11-31 start and trailed in the NL wild-card race by only two games on Sept. 12 before fading.

 

The Marlins became the first team to climb above .500 from 20 games under. They also became the first team to have four rookie pitchers win 10 games, and they set a record for most home runs by rookies with 112.

 

"People thought we were going to lose more games than any team in baseball, and we didn't,'' Girardi said. "And that's because of the players.''

 

As a player, Girardi was a member of three World Series championship teams with the New York Yankees. He spent seven seasons with the Chicago Cubs and also played for the Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals before retiring as a player in 2003.

 

The Marlins' managerial change will be the eighth since their first game in 1993.

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All the people that are pissed off that Joe was fired are gonna do two things. If the team is better next year they will say it's because of the players that they got better but if the team gets worse it's because Freddie isn't a good manager.

Very few people look at this situation rationally. On both ends of the spectrum, there's way too much extremism.

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Loria is a f***wad. A cheap one at that.

 

 

So Jeffrey Loria is a f***wad because he did what was best for the organization?

 

As far as I'm concerned Girardi brought this upon himself. Why?

 

A) Terrible in game management

B) Clashing with the FO and one of the best GMs in baseball, especially when the FO didn't want him in the first place

C) Publicly cursing out his only supporter in the Front Office (Loria)

 

Come on I know it's fun to bash Loria but lets us think for a minute and consider what happened. This firing is not solely based on an owner v. manager feud rather a Front Office v. manager feud. To bad The Herald likes spinning the story for their cause.

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There's a 2pm press conference scheduled where it's anticipated the new manager will be announced.

 

Any word on whether it will be televised?

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I thought this was kind of funny, I copy/pasted it from the article on MLB.com about Girardi being fired:

 

At one point, Girardi wanted to switch Miguel Cabrera to first base, use Dan Uggla at third base and have Mike Jacobs open the season in Triple-A. Beinfest overruled the manager on those ideas. Girardi also wanted Josh Willingham to be the primary catcher over Miguel Olivo, Beinfest's choice to be behind the plate.

 

 

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MOD EDIT: Always add the link when quoting a source. Thanks.

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