Eliminate Bobby Valentine and Mike Lowell from the list of prospective replacements for fired manager Ozzie Guillen. Sources said Valentine is definitely not a candidate and Lowell said in an email response that, at this time, he is not interested in managing. Jeff Conine said a month ago that he, too, was not interested in managing at this time.
"For me, managing is not on my agenda at this time," said Lowell, a popular former Marlin. "I continue to root for the Marlins and wish them great success."
Valentine, who was recently dumped as manager of the Red Sox after one season in Boston, has also been ruled out, a source said. Loria wanted Valentine as his manager in 2010 when Fredi Gonzalez was fired and again last fall when the Marlins looked to replace Jack McKeon. Guillen ended up landing the job instead.
Mike Redmond, a former backup catcher for the Marlins who managed last season at Single A Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays) is a candidate. Others will also be interviewed, but no announcement is expected to be made until after the completion of the World Series.
Guillen wasn't the only member of the field staff to get the heave-ho on Tuesday.The Marlins also decided not to retain hitting coach Eduardo Perez, pitching coach Randy St. Claire, first base coach Gary Thurman and bench coach Joey Cora.
The Marlins plan to bring back infield coaching guru Perry Hill, who underwent knee surgery to correct a problem that led to his resignation.