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ESPN: Bobby Valentine Withdraws Name from Consideration for Marlins Manager

 

        Forget about Bobby Valentine.

        According to ESPN's Tim Kurkjian,Valentine has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the Marlins' next manager.

         Valentine has long been the preference of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to take the helm in the dugout. But never at any time was Valentine a fit as far as the rest of the organization was concerned. After Fredi Gonzalez was fired in June, Valentine appeared primed to take his place.

        But negotiations blew up, and Edwin Rodriguez was charged with managing the team through the end of the season.

         Valentine has interviewed with Seattle and Toronto the past few days.

         With Valentine officially out of the picture, the Marlins can continue to focus on a list of candidates that includes -- in addition to Rodriguez -- Tony Pena, Ted Simmons, Bo Porter and Jim Fregosi.

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