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Samson discusses why Redmond was fired, why Jennings was managerial choice

Marlins President David Samson spent 10 minutes answer questions about why the organization decided to fire Mike Redmond and make the unconventional move of replacing him with general manager Dan Jennings.

Here's a transcript of the conversation:

Q: Does this move show a weakness of stability in the organization?
"We've had stability on the manager's seat however from our standpoint this is a move about stability and continuity. Staying in house with a different voice and his ability and go in and seamlessly take over. That builds stability and continuity. I recognize people may look at this and say he's not qualified. But we're with him every day. We know that he's qualified and we know how right it felt when we came to the conclusion he should be the manager. So we're not as worried about the lack of experience between the lines because he's managed thousands of games in his career. He's got a very experienced bench coach. We've talked about the mechanical issues of managing. That he'll be able to put the right arm when there's a lefty or righty, lineup cards, double switches, going to the umpire for things like that. His ability to get the respect and the most out of the 25 guys that's the only issue. Not his experience. Not how many games he's managed. Literally can he get 25 guys to perform at the extent of their ability and Dan can do that."

Q: Said this change of manager started to come up after the 3-11 start. Was there nothing Mike could have done to save his job?
"I meant it -- we talk everyday. We talk amongst the three of us every day. We talk to Jeffrey almost every day. We talk after every win, every loss. We see trends and our job is to see things before they happen. We did not see the 3-11 coming. So once it was in front of us we were not fooled necessarily by what happened after, which was 9-1. We saw things that were not the way we needed them to be for sustained winning. So we started talking. And like we do we came to a conclusion which is a change has to be made and only if you have the right person. And there was only one right person. And when it came to us, it just came naturally. And that helped."

Q: What lacked in Red's leadership?
"I don't think it was Red's leadership that was lacking. I think that sometimes -- the old story a turnaround specialist may be different than the person needed once the turnaround is ready for its next phase. I think that may be something I got wrong. Red was really great turning it around and navigating through is '13. I may have been wrong for the same voice continuing that process."

Q: But you gave Redmond an extension through 2017 last September. Why?
"I think what changed during the off-season we made a longer commitment to Red and one would say that 38 games in that's not stability or continuity. My answer is that that extension was more in our mind of our view of Red the man and Red the manager and rewarding him for the job he has done. But all of us are signed to 2018 and there's still going to be questions that come up for Mike, for DJ, continued every year. So just because your extended it doesn't mean the question stopped."

Q: Stanton said team wasn't playing with enough fire, was he right?
"You know the results speak for themselves. From Giancarlo's standpoint, he's the leader of this team. He's the face of this team. He's signed longer than all of us combined. So what he says matters. And what he has to do is understand is what it means to be the face and the leader of this team. And he's made unbelievable strides in that regard. He is our leader. When he says things like that, you listen. That wasn't about Red. It was about the situation. It was a frustration he felt and our job with Giancarlo is to separate a game result versus the overall issue. I think the conclusion that we came to as the front office is that a new voice was needed."

Q: Some fans may say the Marlins couldn't find anybody else?
"No. I would look at it the opposite. I would say sometimes the greatest things in life are right next to you and you may just not know it. And we were very careful not to be blinded by someone with 30 years experience or 20 years or someone who had recently been released or not released. When you think what you have right with you is the best, there's no reason to do something else. And when we thought about what we needed at this moment, we came to the conclusion that Dan Jennings was the right man."

Q: What was your biggest hesitation about making Jennings the manager?
"Our biggest hesitation was Dan making sure that Dan felt it. He had to feel it and make sure that he could get 25 guys to feel it too, and he can. So that was the hesitation."

Q: How much was having lack of experience taken into account?
"It's certainly a part of it and when Mike Goff was named bench coach, there's a reason for that. Mike Goff, who has experience in the dugout, can slow the game down. The game's going to be fast. It goes quickly. Sixth inning on it's going 100 miles an hour. And when you've got someone in there that can slow it down that helps. But we manage every game during the game and maybe a little differently than others."

Q: Is manager of the clubhouse more important than the game itself?
"I think managing the clubhouse is a critical role to get the best out of your employees and your players. I think most of what people do as a managing editor of a newspaper, you want to get the most out of the people writing the articles. I want to get the most out of our employees. That is a critical job of being manager and that's the number 1 thing Dan brings. The Xs and Os of it I'm very confident in his ability."

Q: You're still paying Ozzie Guillen and now have to pay Mike. Did that factor at all?
"It was not a factor at all. Not a factor at all."

Q: Previous managerial sources it led you to hire guys that didn't work out, why do you think your due diligence on Dan will produce different results?
"The process of getting to Dan may have been a little different than in previous managerial choices. It was literally organic how it happened. We were sitting around -- me and Mike and Dan and we were talking and sometimes it just hits you. And it did. I'm not sure other managerial processes go that way. And to the credit of Mike and DJ and Jeffrey letting this process happen the way it happened I think will be to the benefit of this team."

Q: Who did it hit first? Who said it first? Do you remember?
"I do. It hit us all. That's the right way to say it. Listen, we're all responsible. But it didn't finish until Dan slept on it. But when Mike and I approached him it came to Jeffrey immediately as well and it just fit."

Q: So Jennings had to be convinced to take the job?
"No. What he said is he wanted to make sure in his mind that it was the right decision for the team. And, he was pretty sure given how we all came up with it. But he wanted to think about it over a night, two nights and nothing ever wavered from our standpoint."

Q: Did you talk to Stanton or any other players?
"No."

Q: Was it alarming when Stanton said the team was lacking fire?
"No."
Q: Was it a factor?
"It wasn't a factor or alarming. It was a fact."

Q: Sunday's near no-hitter play a role?
"Zero. Yesterday's outcome had nothing to do with this decision."

Q: So 3-11 had more to do with it?
"This decision started to be made at 3-11 when we started taking a look at the mistakes. Believe me, Mike, DJ and I are just as responsible as Mike Redmond. Right now Mike Redmond lost his job as manager. But the fact is we put this team together and we are now in the clubhouse. There's no where else to look anymore. We're running out of layers."

Q: Will Jennings keep the GM title?
"He's the manager now. He'll be the manager. But his involvement will be much more than that of other managers in that we use him for evaluate purposes, for trades, signings. But as far as the day-to-day, what he was doing will be managed by other people in the organization like Dan Noffsinger, who will be working closely with us, but will be even more active now."

Q: Will anybody have the title of GM?
"No."

Q: Is there a scenario where at the end of this season you guys decide Jennings wasn't the right manager and he goes back to GM?

"Yes. He'll be evaluated just like we're all. At the end of the year we do an evaluation from the bottom up and top down. And that will continue regardless of how long the contract is."

Q: Was there ever a point in the conversation where you said this is so out of the box people won't digest it?
"No. We don't think about it that way because we're doing it. We look at what we think is best and we're responsible if it works or doesn't work. So we actually don't factor in outside opinion when it comes to that sort of thing. When you have a situation like we had -- when there is a true public issue not sports related. That's a different story. This to me is not that, not even in the same zip code as that."

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