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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: McKeon likely to be fired

The Miami Herald reports and a second source confirms for Kartik's World that Marlins Manager Jack McKeon's job is in serious jeopardy. The last place Marlins, picked to be one of the best clubs in the National League as of last night have fallen below .500 for the first time this season and have struggled all year to win close games.

McKeon led the Marlins to the 2003 World Series Title and has a 214-173 record as Marlins manager. The Marlins according to the Herald may complete a deal with Baltimore to acquire Larry Bigbie, Sidney Ponson, and Jorge Julio in exchange for Coral Gables own Mike Lowell and A.J. Burnett. The Marlins acquiring the temperamental and highly over rated Ponson if it happens will likely spell the final doom for this team's 2005. Trading Burnett is an admission that this team is not capable of signing its own high priced players on an open market and the decision to take on Ponson's salary could be a total disaster. I'm surprised that Larry Beinfest who has been a magician with personel moves would concieve such a clearly one sides trade that works against the Marlins.


Joe said...

Whoa! I don't think either this trade or change at the top is in the Marlins best interest. Can anyone say fire sale.

egcanes said...

I agree with Joe. That trade is AWFUL!

Matt said...

I am stunned that Jack McKeon who led us to a World Series title has been blamed by managment for poor personel decisions like the signing of Al Leiter and the trading of Derek Lee. It is Beinfest and Sampson who are responsible for this year's disgrace.

Jill said...

The Marlins have been doing worse than expected ever since lifting the World Series trophy. The team seriously underachieved last year and this year they have been the biggest dissapointment in Baseball. I am a Braves fan, so I'm happy to see them do so poorly, but for those of you that support the Fish you better hope some serious changes are made.

Kartik said...

The latest has the Marlins trying to reacquire Mark Redman, who led the World Series Champs of 2003 in wins from Pittsburgh. could A.J. be going to the Piurates- no way they cannot take on his salary- it would have to be part of a 3 way deal.

Anonymous said...

Word is that Ismael Valdes will be back next week. He will Burnett's role in the starting lineup.

Tim L said...

Truthfully, despite winning a World Series, McKeon has spent most of his career taking good teams and making them lose, and this years Marlins team which is more talented than either the 1997 or 2003 Championship teams is just the latest in McKeon's flops.

The Marlins should fire him now. Like Jill,I am a Braves fan so the longer you guys keep him, the longer I'll be happy! :)

Tom Andrews said...

McKeon can join Kory Mitchell on the unemployement line!

Joe said...

I had heard Michell was canned by Maddox. You know you're really bad news when a candidate who is desperate to stay viable fires you!

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