Update: The Marlins appear to be going with Jeff Conine, per the latest report.
Marlins third base coach Brett Butler is a candidate to become the Marlins’ next manager, at least on an interim basis, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro suggests. Frisaro adds that he would be surprised if the decision hasn’t already been made, though the Marlins won’t make an announcement until Monday.
The Marlins fired Mike Redmond as the team’s manager after Sunday’s 6-0 loss to the Braves in which they were one out away from being no-hit by Shelby Miller. Redmond had been on the hot seat for quite a while as the Marlins got out to a 3-11 start before rattling off nine wins in 10 games. They’re currently 16-22, six games behind the first-place Mets.
Butler’s managerial experience has come entirely at the minor league level in the Diamondbacks’ organization. He led the Single-A Lancaster Jethawks in 2006, the Double-A Mobile BayBears in 2007, and the Triple-A Reno Aces from 2009-13.
NEW YORK — New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil was carted off the field Thursday after crashing into the left field wall in the first inning to rob the Washington Nationals’ Asdrubal Cabrera of a two-run extra-base hit.
McNeil, a natural infielder who has been manning both outfielder corners for the Mets since last year, raced at full speed to the warning track and made an impressive lunging catch for the final out of the inning. He crashed into the wall with both arms extended and raised his glove hand as he fell to indicate he had the ball.
But McNeil was in obvious pain as he covered his eyes with both hands and yelled before flinging his glove off. He briefly tried getting up but only made it a few steps with a trainer and manager Luis Rojas before sitting back down.
McNeil was able to walk to a cart on the warning track before being driven off the field.
The Mets said in the fourth inning McNeil was still being evaluated and an update would be provided after the game.
McNeil, who has started at third base and left field this season, is batting .293 with seven RBIs in 16 games. He made the All-Star team last season and is a career .319 hitter in 212 games.
Billy Hamilton pinch-hit for McNeil in the bottom half of the inning.