The Marlins have fired manager Fredi Gozalez, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Also let go were hittin coach Jim Presley and bench coach Carlos Tosca in a move that I find surprising due to the fact that the low budget Marlins are relatively competitive near the .500 mark in a tough division.
So, what does this have to do with the Cardinals?
Well, there was a report last week that the Braves front office favored Gonzalez as the club's next manager when Bobby Cox retires at the end of the season -- if Atlanta could get Florida to give Gonzalez up. Step one... Check.
If the Braves follow through on that plan, it would mean that former Cardinals third baseman Terry Pendleton would not be Atlanta's next manager. And that helps forward my plan: When Tony La Russa hangs 'em up, Pendleton becomes the next manager in St. Louis.
Pendleton has spent a lot of time with managers of significant pedigree including Cox and Whitey Herzog. He understands slugging baseball. He understands small ball. He's well respected by players and he is already a member of the Cardinals family. Plus, I think he's more of a commanding leader than Jose Oquendo, a first rate coach who many think is La Russa's heir apparent in the Redbirds dugout.
Stay tuned on this one. It will be interesting to see where Gonzalez lands for the balance of this season.
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