Jeffrey Loria is comparable to Jerry Jones, but there’s one catch, Loria has little idea of winning championships. The one championship he did, was due to his predecessor John Henry, the Marlins team was already in place back in 2002. Their nucleus was formatted, they just needed a supporting cast, and Loria was responsible for that. When you hear names like Juan Pierre, Pudge Rodriquez, Mike Lowell, Derek Lee, Miguel Cabrera, and Josh Beckett as young prospects. How could you lose?
Jeffrey makes all of the decisions, it is just rare that you see him announcing it publicly like Jones. Nevertheless, it’s either his way or no way. That’s why Mike Redmond is without a job now. Redmond was standing up to what Loria said and was fighting the system. If you notice, Dan Jennings, who was the General Manager, is now filling in for Redmond as the interim manager. But, unlike Redmond, he has not had any prior experience as a player or a coach. At least, Mike Redmond had experience playing as a former catcher for the Marlins and Twins. Now, Jennings does have 31 years of experience in the front office, and 13 years being with the Marlins organization. Despite, his lack of experience, the best managers have not all been the best players themselves. There were several players whom you would think based on their playing resume, how could they successfully manage in the major leagues? Well, I have some good news for Marlins fans and supporters of Loria’s new hire at manager. And like Tony La Russa, he stood in defense of Loria, acknowledging that most managers began as first-time skippers and that shouldn’t be held against Jennings. La Russa played only 132 in the majors, connecting on 35 of 176 at-bats, to establish 7 RBI with a .199 batting average through six seasons. Now, this couldn’t have hindered La Russa since he went on to win three World Series titles, six pennants, and amassing over 2,728 victories (which is 2nd in baseball history).

Jim Leyland had no playing experience in the majors, only appearances in the minors through 7 seasons. Well, Leyland had 1, 769 victories, 2 pennants, and 1 world series (that being in 1997 with the Marlins). Other prominent managers to either struggle from the plate or not even step up to plate include : Walter Alston (only 1 at bat as a player, 7 pennants; 4 World Series as a manager ), Bobby Cox (.225 batting average 2 years as a player, 5 pennants; 1 World Series title managing), and Tommy Lasorda (had 0 wins despite a 6.48 era through six seasons playing, 2 World Series titles managing).

Jennings is just someone who will adhere to Loria from the front office and accepts willingly what he’s striving to do. But, ever since, Loria has taken over as owner back in 2002, he has managed to win only one championship back in 2003 with one playoff appearance. And that World Series team was assembled by the previous owner of John Henry, Loria had just acquired the team at the right time. If you notice, the Marlins have yet to have a winning season since 2009, where they went 87-75, finishing second in the NL East. Jennings since taking over back on May 18, he has only pitted a 4-10 start, thus losing his first five games. Now, you can say it is humble beginnings at its finest, but the Marlins look for this to turn around quickly, as they are now in fourth place in their division with 20-32 record.
So, when you look at Jennings, he might be in good shape after all since these other managers were so successful with little to none or mediocre experience as a former player. History has shown, that your resume has not prevented an amateur player from managing or winning as a manager. Let’s hope for the Marlins’ sake, that Jennings can be as successful as Jim Leyland was with the Marlins. Maybe Jeffrey Loria knows what he’s doing after all. It has worked before, maybe it can work again.