This is the time of year when managers and general managers of underachieving teams are at greatest risk of being fired. The Atlanta Braves let go of general manager Frank Wren on Monday.
But for the first time in four years, the Marlins aren’t planning to hand pink slips to any of their top positions.
Manager Mike Redmond’s job is safe.
So is Mike Hill, president of baseball operations, and Dan Jennings, general manager.
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The last time the Marlins didn’t make an end-of-season change with any of those job positions was in 2010 when Edwin Rodriguez remained as manager and Larry Beinfest continued in his post as president of baseball operations.
The Braves, in contrast, had not made such a move in 24 years before Wren was fired on Monday.
STANTON NAMED MARLINS MVP
Giancarlo Stanton was chosen by the Miami chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America as the Marlins’ Most Valuable Player for 2014. It is the third time Stanton has received the award.
The only other Marlin to be named MVP three times was Hanley Ramirez.
Stanton set career highs in home runs (37) and RBI (105) before going down for the season when he was struck in the face by a pitch.
The local writers chapter also announced the following annual winners:
▪ Marlins “Rookie of the Year” — Sam Dyson.
▪ Jeff Conine “Mr. Marlin” Award, given to the player whose commitment to the game is embodied in his integrity and unselfish play: Casey McGehee.
▪ Charlie Hough “Good Guy” Award, given to the player who fosters a positive working relationship with the media: Mike Dunn.
The awards will be presented during Wednesday’s pregame ceremonies.
Anthony DeSclafani lost his appeal and began serving a three-game suspension on Tuesday for hitting Carlos Gomez with a pitch in Milwaukee.
Both benches had been warned after both Stanton and Reed Johnson were struck by Mike Fiers pitches on swinging strikes. Two innings later, DeSclafani hit Gomez with a pitch, resulting in his ejection.
DeSclafani could be available to start for the Marlins on Friday when they face the Washington Nationals in a day-night doubleheader.
▪ Wednesday: Marlins LHP Brad Hand (3-8, 4.59 ERA) vs. Philadelphia Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (9-13, 4.73), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
▪ Thursday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (9-10, 3.76) vs. Phillies RHP David Buchanan (6-8, 3.77), 4:10 p.m., Marlins Park.