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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 03 October 2006 02:40

Joe GirardiWhat has been speculated for over a month has, today, become a reality. Joe Girardi has been fired as manager of the Florida Marlins after one season with the club. He had a three-year guaranteed contract, meaning the Marlins will have to pay him for the two seasons he would have otherwise managed.

As we reported Sunday, Fredi Gonzalez is expected to fill Girardi's shoes.

As reported:

Girardi's strained relationship with [owner Jeffrey] Loria and general manager Larry Beinfest became public this summer. Loria subsequently declined to endorse the job Girardi did in his first year as a manager, even though the Marlins far exceeded expectations while playing 22 rookies.

The rift erupted at a game Aug. 6 when Loria berated an umpire while sitting behind the plate. From the dugout, Girardi asked the owner to stop, witnesses said. Loria angrily left his seat and confronted Girardi after the game during a 90-minute clubhouse meeting.

Loria declined to comment on the episode or respond to published reports that he fired Girardi, then changed his mind. Beginning in spring training, Beinfest clashed with Girardi over personnel decisions, and during the second half of the season the general manager was rarely seen in the clubhouse or manager's office.

(The South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

 
 
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