PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins are hitting the ground running in the offseason, as they're expected to interview Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa on Monday for their managerial job. Dan Jennings, who has been informed he will not be returning as manager, is likely to return to the organization as general manager, according to sources.
Miami wrapped up its season with a 7-2 loss on Sunday to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Many top Marlins front office officials were in Philadelphia for the series, and team owner Jeffrey Loria lives in New York. So they could meet with Bowa in the Northeast.
Bowa, 69, last managed the Phillies from 2001-04, posting a 337-308 record. The former big league shortstop also managed the Padres in 1987-88. His overall record is 418-435.
The Marlins have already interviewed Braves third-base coach Bo Porter, formerly the manager of the Astros, and Manny Acta, who has managed the Nationals and Indians.
Miami is seeking candidates with previous big league experience, and the organization plans on interviewing a number of candidates. The process may last a while, because some choices appear to be on staffs of teams in the playoffs.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly could receive strong consideration, if he becomes available.
Jennings went from general manager to manager on May 18, replacing Mike Redmond.
Miami is riding a string of six straight losing seasons, after winding up 71-91. Under Jennings, they were 55-69, but showed great improvement in the final month. They went 19-12 since Aug. 31, and won eight of their final 10 series.
The front office is going through some restructuring, and as an organization, they plan on increasing their use of analytics. They plan on creating a metrics department. Recently, they interviewed Rays director of player personnel Matt Arnold, who is a strong candidate to be part of that department.
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