Fredi Gonzalez is a candidate to serve as Miami’s next third base coach, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro and Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald, but Gonzalez is reportedly considering all of his options.
A reunion with the Marlins makes sense, most notably because Gonzalez managed the Marlins and is familiar with the organization. After the Marlins parted with third base coach Lenny Harris, Gonzalez might be deemed the favorite.
Some are questioning whether Gonzalez would want to return after recalling the way his last tenure in Miami ended. However, it’s important to remember things didn’t end that poorly.
The Marlins hired Gonzalez in 2007, and he was handed a relatively young roster. In 2009, Gonzalez made the most of what he was given. Miami opened the year winning 11 of its first 12 games and ended the season with an 87-75 record. The Marlins were not supposed to compete at that point.
Owner Jeffrey Loria reportedly wasn’t pleased with the club’s performance, but it might not have been the only factor in Miami’s decision to part ways with Gonzalez. There were also a pair of incidents between Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez, who at that time was the face of Miami’s franchise.
The front office had a role in Gonzalez’s departure from Miami, and the same was likely true as Atlanta’s front office didn’t provide him with the best of rosters to work with. And here we are, with Gonzalez looking for another job.
If the Marlins hired Gonzalez, he wouldn’t be in charge of controlling the clubhouse, which Don Mattingly did a good job of during his first season as Miami’s manager. The limited responsibilities might be beneficial to him personally, and his experience could be valuable, especially within the National League East.
Gonzalez might receive a better opportunity, but if he doesn’t, he should be appreciated in Miami.