As the 2015 season came to a close, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Marlins. It was known that Dan Jennings would not be asked to return as the manager, which left a hole at that position, but it was unknown if he would return to the front office as the General Manager.
Just over a week into the offseason we have some clarity about the Marlins hierarchy. Jennings decided to return to the Marlins as the GM. With the GM position solved, the next task on the Marlins offseason to-do list is to hire a manager. The club hopes to have a manager in place ahead of the MLB offseason, which gets under on Nov. 9 with the GM meetings. The Marlins have mad some progress on the manager front and most recently interview Phil Nevin last Thursday, via Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:
Add one more names to the Marlins' managerial hiring mix: Phil Nevin. Nevin interviewed Wednesday for the position.
Nevin is a former big-leaguer who played 12 seasons on seven different clubs. The former number one pick in the 1992 draft appeared in one All-Star game while playing for the Padres. After he retired following the 2006 season, he began managing two years later. He started managing in the independent leagues, then moved on to the Tigers minor league system, and more recently he has been the manager of the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate in Reno for the past two seasons. His record as a manager in Reno stands at 151-137.
Nevin has been connected to MLB managerial jobs in the past, as last year he was interviewed for the position with the Houston Astros. This offseason he has been connected to the Padres and Nationals manager positions.
The Marlins have already interviewed Larry Bowa, Manny Acta and Bo Porter. There are also reports that the club plans on interviewing Don Mattingly whenever the Dodgers postseason run concludes. The search for a new manager is expected to be extensive, but once again the Marlins hope to hire someone before the MLB offseason activities begin. As of now, one thing we know for sure is the club is obviously interested in bringing in a manager with experience.