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New Marlins ownership to fire four legendary special assistants

Jack McKeon, Jeff Conine, and Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez will all be let go.

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The new Miami Marlins ownership was suspected to shake things up. Big changes are coming to this organization from the front office down to the roster. Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman are already grabbing headlines.

A quartet of baseball icons were notified they will not be retained once the sale of the franchise is completed, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Former coach Jack McKeon, former star Jeff Conine, and Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez will no longer be apart of the Miami Marlins front office. The four celebrated baseball men weren’t apart of the core leadership for the front office, but all have deep roots with the organization and have provided key contributions. We don’t often see four respected figures fired when they’ve have such an influence on an organization.

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While reckless speculation can’t be made about this eye-opening move, it suggests that new ownership is exhausting all efforts to make significant salary reductions. This figures to be one of many changes in the front office and roster, but it’s unclear how this will affect the roster plans moving forward. If ownership are willing to move on from key figures, are they willing to part ways with players like Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna? Just how far is ownership willing to cut expenses while testing the patience of Marlins fans?

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Jeter and Sherman could extend current players and will replace front-office employee with cheaper options. The move to cut out such prominent figures suggests they are willing to part from anyone in the front office and roster. Some baseball operations personnel will be on the hot seat, and it’s unclear who is safe — if anyone.