Redmond meets with owner Loria, GM Jennings
PHILADELPHIA -- Just after 4:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria walked through the visitors clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park and strolled directly to manager Mike Redmond's office. A few minutes later, general manager Dan Jennings joined the two -- as well as former Major League player Marlon Anderson -- and what was said after the door closed was kept private.
That said, it's not hard to imagine that the topic of conversation was the state of the team and Redmond's job. Especially after a report surfaced on Sunday that Redmond's job could soon be in jeopardy.
"I'm not interested in any palace intrigue -- period," Loria said after the meeting. "It doesn't have anything to do with anything."
The Marlins opened the year with three wins in their first 13 games after being tagged as one of the up-and-coming teams entering this season. Spring Training brought talk of a potential playoff run, and while the season is still in its infancy, 3-10 is 3-10.
This past offseason, the Marlins invested in their future, handing big contracts to the likes of Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich, both of whom are off to slow starts.
"We're working on it," said Yelich, who was scratched from Tuesday night's series opener against the Phillies with back stiffness. "Hopefully it gets better soon."
No one understands the pressure involved better than Redmond. After two seasons in which the Marlins exceeded expectations, Redmond signed a three-year extension at the end of September.
"First of all, nobody is more disappointed the way that we started than I am," Redmond said. "We expected to get off to a good start and it hasn't happened. I can't control what people write. All I can do is be consistent, and I think over the past few years, I've shown that. I think the guys know where I am and where I'm coming from.
"[Loria and Jennings] are here almost every series. My focus is on what I can control, and that's to prepare this team to win ballgames."