It's time to exhale Marlins fans. The last 24-hours have been a crazy spell of misinformation, drama, and a new manager. Regardless of what your thoughts are, here's some background info on the Marlins new head man, love him or leave him he's here, at least for now.
Dan Jennings' baseball story started at the Southern Miss. A graduate of the same school that produced Brett Farve, Jennings played college baseball for the Golden Eagles. After he graduated Southern Miss, Jennings went undrafted but spent one month in Spring Training with the Yankees. He played with the Greensboro Hornets (Now the Grasshoppers and an affiliate of the Marlins) but after just one month of professional baseball experience hung up his cleats.
The new thing, managing. Jennings managed the baseball team at Davidson High School in Alabama but departed the position in 1986 to become a scout for the Reds in 1986 and then moved to the Seattle Mariner organization in 1988. In 1995, Jennings was promoted to the role of crosschecker within the Mariners organization but later that year accepted a position as head of scouting for the Tampa Bay Rays.
In 2002, Jennings became the Marlins vice president of Player Personnel and quickly moved up the ranks within the organization. In 2007 Jennings became the Marlins assistant General Manager, eventually leading to the position as the GM in 2013. Then today, May 18th, Jennings was hired as the manager of the Marlins following the firing of manager Mike Redmond. This is the first managerial opportunity Jennings will have to manage a level above High School. The unprecedented move may be the biggest risk Jennings has ever taken, putting himself in a position to either succeed as a manager and become the first successful front office person to become a manager, or it could end badly for both the Marlins and Jennings.