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Filed under: Baseball | Ex-Mets
by Kingman on June 29 at 4:58PM
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There are just some guys who can't help but be controversial.

Poor Bobby Valentine is one of those dudes. Everywhere he goes, things get complicated, awkward, tense.

He gets the Mets to their first world series in 14 years. A few years later, he's gone. He goes to Japan and wins but can't stay there.

Now the Marlins want him for their manager. He wants to be their manager. He'd be perfect as their manager. And it doesn't look like he'll get to be Marlins manager. At least not anytime soon.

Here's the latest from the Sun-Sentinel:

The Marlins did nothing Monday to unravel the mess that's become their managerial search.

Owner Jeffrey Loria and team president David Samson declined to answer questions amid multiple reports Bobby Valentine no longer is being considered for the permanent job.

"I've got nothing," Samson said. "Usually I do, but not today."

Valentine has not acknowledged he's no longer a candidate either. Via e-mail, Valentine summed up his reaction to the reports he was out of the mix in one word: "Wow."

After firing Fredi Gonzalez last week, Samson said he didn't anticipate securing in-season permission to interview candidates on their short list currently working for other organizations would be a problem. The Marlins already have spoken with Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach Bo Porter.

The Marlins may ultimately decide to leave interim manager Edwin Rodriguez in place through season's end and conduct a more comprehensive search in October.

Rodriguez said he did not inquire about a timetable when he interviewed.

"They keep that poker face," Rodriguez said. "No body language to read, nothing ... I have no idea and to be honest I'm not even trying to find out that information. I don't even want to read the papers. I don't want the [front office and players] to think I'm more worried about whether I get the job [than winning games]." 

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