Top Marlins executives met last Thursday to discuss the organization's future and Dan Jennings' job status is unclear. The Marlins are known to be seeking an experienced manager, and according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, Rick Renteria could emerge as a candidate to become the next Marlins' manager.
Ron Gardenhire, Dusty Baker, Bud Black and Ron Roenicke are all possibilities to manage the Marlins next season, but since the Marlins do want a candidate with experience, Renteria might prove to be an ideal option.
Chicago opted to replace Renteria with Joe Maddon but given his history, Renteria is likely to be considered by multiple clubs with managerial openings, Cafardo notes. Renteria was considered by the Tigers before they hired Brad Ausmus and if Ausmus is dismissed at the end of the season, Renteria could emerge as a finalist once again.
While he does bring experience, Renteria would "be an ideal fit" because of his ability to connect with Latin players, Cafardo also points out.
Since they have lost several starters to injuries, the Marlins have reportedly been plagued by negativity in the clubhouse. Some of that has been blamed on Jennings, who lacks extensive managerial experience, but several players have reportedly also been vocal with regard to the way the season has gone and how the front office has handled various situations. Renteria might be an ideal candidate since he has proven in the past he can control a clubhouse and could connect with players in ways that Mike Redmond or Jennings were unable to.
Miami will likely interview multiple candidates before making a decision and individuals familiar with the organization, such as Mike Lowell or Jeff Conine, are not thought to be realistic options since they do not have major league managerial experience. Before the Marlins attempt to improve the roster, hiring the right manager will be key. Renteria would make sense but could find himself managing elsewhere.