JUPITER -- You would think Dolphins Executive Vice President Bill Parcells would be busy at work with the NFL free agent period now in full swing -- or at least celebrating Friday's signing of new inside linebacker Karlos Dansby.
Not the case. The Tuna is spending Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium where two of his favorite baseball teams -- the Marlins and Cardinals -- share the spring training facility and face each other twice this weekend. Saturday morning, as the Marlins left the clubhouse to begin stretching Parcells emerged with manager Fredi Gonzalez. Parcells has long shared a friendship with Cardinals manager Tony Larussa. But according to Gonzalez, he's becoming a bigger fan of the Marlins.
"He's close with Tony, but we're trying to convert him," Gonzalez said. "He loves baseball. I brought [Marlins top prospect] Mike Stanton in this morning. [Parcells] wanted to meet Mike. Stanton was a pretty good football player in high school. But Bill said he's a little too 'wormy' for him. Hanley [Ramirez] knows him. The guys just like to pop in and say hi to him. He knows our roster up and down."
Gonzalez, who is close friends with former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, said he's not shy about picking up the phone and calling Parcells, mentor Bobby Cox, Larussa to pick their brain on how to be a better manager.
"It's all about managing people," Gonzalez said. "We're not hearding cows here. We're managing people. It doesn't matter what sport we're in."
BAKER OUT UNTIL MIDWEEK: Gonzalez updated catcher John Baker's status, saying he has a tight forearm. Gonzalez said Baker won't return to game action until the middle of next week.
> Saturday's Marlins lineup against the Cardinals: 1. Chris Coghlan LF; 2. Jai Miller CF; 3. Hanley Ramirez SS; 4. Jorge Cantu 3B; 5. Dan Uggla 2B; 6. Logan Morrison 1B; 7. Ronny Paulino C; 8. Scott Cousins RF; 9. Josh Johnson P.