Marlins Hire New Manager

The Final Four is now down to a winner. The Miami Marlins, after conducting a number of interviews and second interviews, have decided on St. Louis Cardinals bench coach Skip Schumaker as their new... Skipper. 

Schumaker, 42, first joined the San Diego Padres as a first base coach upon retiring; he began there in 2018 and was eventually promoted to associate manager under then-Padres dugout boss Jayce Tingler. After Tingler was fired in 2021, Schumaker joined the Cardinals as bench coach. 

Don Mattingly was let go as manager at the end of this season after seven years at the helm in Miami.

Schumaker takes over a promising situation, as the Marlins have one of the best young—and controllable—pitching staffs in the game. Their ace, Sandy Alcantara, is likely to be named the NL Cy Young Award winner in the next few weeks. 

Schumaker beat out the other 3 finalists for the job, Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, New York Yankees third base coach Luis Rojas, and Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada—who has now interviewed for 8 managerial jobs in the last several years and come up empty. Even worse, from the sounds of this report from Marlins Insider Craig Mish, Espada finished a distant 4th. 

Mish reports that both Matt Quatraro and Luis Rojas were also strongly considered. 

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