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First Base Coach Dave Collins Resigns out of Loyalty to Fredi Gonzalez

   Dave Collins wanted one thing made clear. He has the highest respect for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, president David Samson and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. But he also felt a strong committment to Fredi Gonzalez, and after the manager was fired on Wednesday, Collins felt he should step away, too.

   Collins resigned -- unexpectedly -- on Saturday.

  The reason: "Just basically, when I first came over here, my commitment was to Fredi, and I thought my job was to help Fredi keep his job. When Fredi was let go, I was really disappointed. Initially I told them I wasn't going to leave."

  But the more Collins thought about it, the more he came to the realization that it would be better for everyone, including the new manager, to resign. Collins said his departure has nothing to do with reports that Bobby Valentine is expected to get the job.

  "Bobby and I were teammates in '75 with the Angels," Collins said. "I have great respect for Bobby Valentine as a teammate and as a manager. But I certainly didn't want to be in a position where Bobby doesn't have the flexibility and freedom to bring in the people he wants. That was another reason to step away."

   Still, the overwhelming influence to leave the Marlins was a feeling of duty to Gonzalez.

   "My reason was my respect and commitment for Fredi Gonzalez," Collins said. "That means more to me."

   

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db21

Smart man... the Marlins are a joke of an organization and he'll be set with Freddi and the braves for a long time.

Ferrigamo05

Screw you Loria, Samson, and Beinfest !!! Way to go Collins !!!

Angler

That was dumb, is Freddie going to pay your mortgage and put food on your table?

ThankGodFrediIsGone

Bad move by Collins - Even worse the organization didnt do nothing to keep the guy knowing what he meant to our players. Fredi and Tosca were the cancers, we got rid of them - Pres, Collins wouldve been good guys for Bobby V to have on his staff and their would be comfort among players.

Matt

As if Fredi being gone will make a darn bit of difference in team results. Same players = same outcome regardless of the puppet who sits in the dugout. The front office is the culprit as to why this team is horrible. No moves in the offseason by Beinfest to improve the bullpen, etc. This front office talks a big game, but unfortunately they don't deliver, ever.

ThankGodFrediIsGone

Yes, Fredi being gone will make a world of difference. He was our biggest problem. This team has what it takes to be more competitive than they have been - Fredi just doesnt have what it takes to bring that out of them. He ws the cancer holding back this team from reaching its full potential.

Matt

Yeah, Fredi was totally holding back the bullpen. A cancer? You're a dope.

Mark

Both a smart and classy move at the same time. His words were really smart and beg for him to get rehired in the game quickly whether with Gonzalez or without.

E L

TO ALL YOU FREDDIE BASHER, MYSELF INCLUDED: HE WAS NOT 100% AT FAULT, ONLY 50%, HOWEVER, the insane ownership of this team has to GOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Sell the team EL CHEAPO, RESIGN LITTLE HITLER AND JOKER BEINFEAST.. You guys are like the 3 STOOGES, you look like and act like them.

If I am wrong, then show us in the next week that you have the BALLS to help this team NOW. Go out and get a quality reliever(give up on minor leaguers pitchers that will never pan out); get a bat in the middle of the line up(Bird-Cubs, McClutchen-Pirates) Cody is not an every day player. JUST DO SOMETHING, GIVE THEM A SHOT AT WINNING THE WILD CARD......

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