06/28/10 6:46 PM EST
Source: Valentine likely out of running
Process still ongoing, but Marlins job could be wide open
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
A baseball source close to the situation said that the process is still ongoing, but earlier on Monday morning, reports swirled that Valentine would not take over as the Marlins' manager. FoxSports.com, SI.com and two area newspapers, The Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reported that Valentine was out of the running, and those reports were later confirmed to MLB.com.
Marlins president David Samson, when asked about Valentine, said: "I've got nothing on that." Team owner Jeffrey Loria also declined comment on the managerial search.
It was unclear as to where the Marlins were headed in the process of hiring a new manager. Interim manager Edwin Rodriguez and Arizona third-base coach Bo Porter have been interviewed.
Valentine was removed from the process, reports said, because of philosophical differences, not money. Loria is a longtime friend of Valentine.
Last Wednesday, the Marlins dismissed Fredi Gonzalez and Rodriguez was promoted to be interim manager. A Puerto Rican native, Rodriguez was serving as the manager of the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs.
Rodriguez formally interviewed for the job on Saturday afternoon. Porter, the Marlins' third-base coach from 2007-09, interviewed for the job on Friday.
The Marlins, swept in a three-game weekend series by the Padres, are 1-4 since Gonzalez was dismissed. They will play the Mets in a three-game series in San Juan beginning on Monday. Even though the Marlins are struggling with a 35-40 record, the organization boasts some of the top young players in the game, including All-Stars Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson.
Rodriguez is the first Puerto Rican-born manager in MLB history, and Loria has already said he will manage the series against New York.
"We have to do what we have to do, and that's process," Loria said Sunday morning. "Right now, Edwin is the manager. We'll see what happens."
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.