Miami — Miami Marlins general manager Dan Jennings is the team's new manager.
He succeeds Mike Redmond and was introduced at a news conference Monday. Redmond was fired Sunday after the Marlins were nearly no-hit in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta that completed a three-game sweep.
The defeat dropped Miami to 16-22. Bench coach Rob Leary was fired along with Redmond.
Jennings was in his second season as general manager, and has been with the Marlins on the personnel side since 2002. He briefly coached in high school in Mobile, Alabama, in the 1980s, but has no experience as a manager or major-league player.
"There's really an element of surprise to everybody here," Jennings said. "It is out of the box, I will not deny that."
"We wanted a leader," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "We wanted a motivator. We wanted someone knowledgeable in the game. There's no better person I can think of. There's no one who knew our players better than DJ."
The new bench coach will be Mike Goff, who was a Marlins advance scout. He was a coach for the Mariners in 2005-2007.
Jennings once had a brief tryout as a pitcher in the Yankees organization. He then paid his dues by driving up to 50,000 miles on his car every year while scouting 300 games before he joined the Marlins.
The Marlins' shake-up was the latest orchestrated by owner Jeffrey Loria, reinforcing his reputation for impatience with managers.
"Jeffrey Loria makes me laugh!" former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones tweeted.
Jennings is Loria's fifth manager in the past six seasons.
By going with Jennings, Loria will avoid the expense of adding someone to the payroll. Redmond was under contract through 2017. Loria also is still paying Ozzie Guillen, who had three years left on his deal when he was fired as manager in 2012.
Redmond had managed the Marlins since 2013, and in his final game he had a hard time finding anyone who could get a hit. Shelby Miller was one out from a no-hitter when Justin Bour singled.
The Marlins had the same 16-22 record in May 2003 when Loria fired Jeff Torborg as manager. Replacement Jack McKeon led a turnaround that resulted in an improbable run to the World Series title. The Marlins haven't been to the postseason since.
"In my heart, this is a playoff team," Jennings said. "That's the message that is now my job to convey to them."
Following a busy offseason highlighted by the signing of slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a record $325 million contract, the Marlins had big hopes of ending their playoff drought. But their bullpen has been woeful, and the batting order has struggled aside from major league RBIs leader Stanton and batting leader Dee Gordon.
The Marlins have lost nine of their past 13 games and are fourth in the NL East.
Loria has a reputation for impatience with managers. Along with the early season firing of Torborg, he dismissed Fredi Gonzalez in June 2010, and fired Joe Girardi and Ozzie Guillen after one season each.
Jennings has long been close with Loria. Last year Jennings recalled his first meeting with the Marlins owner in 2002, when he interviewed for a job.
"All I ever knew of Jeffrey Loria were things I had read, and it had not been very favorable, right?" Jennings said with a laugh. "Within five minutes, you would have thought we were next-door neighbors. We talked for four-plus hours and it was great. I was going, 'How can people say these things about this guy, and this is how he comes across?'"
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