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The Marlins have dismissed Dan Jennings as general manager


UPDATE: The Marlins have officially announced that Jennings has been relieved of his duties. Team president Michael Hill will take over as general manager.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Jennings is owed $5.6 million over the next three seasons. I wouldn’t say it’s a skill, but the Marlins are really good at paying people who don’t work for them anymore.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the relationship between Jennings and Loria became frayed when Jennings played outfielder Marcell Ozuna against Loria’s wishes. Of course, the Marlins demoted Ozuna earlier this year and kept him in the minors for what was largely believed to be motivated by service time. Ozuna compared his time in Triple-A to jail and Loria probably didn’t take kindly to that. Sounds like a fun situation for Don Mattingly to walk into.

6:11 p.m. ET: On the day that we learned that Don Mattingly will be the new manager of the Marlins, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the team has dismissed former general manager and manager Dan Jennings.

This completes what has been a bizarre year for Jennings, who stunned the baseball world when he moved from the front office to the dugout after manager Mike Redmond was fired in May. Jennings led the Marlins to a 55-69 record through the end of the regular season. He wasn’t expected to return as manager, but the belief was that he’d move back to his role as general manager, a position he had held since the fall of 2013. However, it was reported earlier this month that Jennings’ relationship with owner Jeffrey Loria “deteriorated” during his time as manager and that he wasn’t coming to the office at Marlins Park or taking part in typical GM duties. In other words, the writing was on the wall. As Jackson puts it, the Marlins believe letting Jennings go is “in the best interests of the organization.”

It’s unclear who will replace Jennings as general manager, but Marlins’ vice president and assistant general manager Mike Berger would be a natural successor. And heck, we could hear some speculation about Alex Anthopoulous, who stepped down as Blue Jays general manager today.

You have to feel for Jennings after all he has been through this year, but he likely won’t be out of work for long and should find a home with an organization which isn’t nearly as dysfunctional.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.