SI.com’s Jon Heyman and FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal report that Bobby Valentine is no longer in the running for the Marlins’ vacant managerial position.
Rosenthal reports talks broke down because of philosophical differences between Valentine and the Marlins. Valentine and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria are longtime friends, so Rosenthal speculates that the two could still get together and hammer out an agreement.
Earlier Sunday, Valentine told ESPN’s Karl Ravech on "Baseball Tonight" (where Valentine is a studio analyst) that he was still in the mix. "This managerial hiring is a process," he said. "People need to be interviewed, decisions need to be made. I think they’re right in the middle of this process.
"It’s a terrific situation where they have a new stadium coming up in a couple of years and an owner (Loria) who really wants to win and a front office who never makes mistakes."
Valentine demurred when asked by Ravech to put a percentage on his chances of managing the Marlins sometime this season. "I can’t even mention that chance, that percentage … because I’m in the middle of the process," he said.
Valentine was thought to be the prohibitive favorite to succeed the fired Fredi Gonzalez, and there were reports several days ago the sides had reached a tentative agreement. But a Friday meeting with Loria was later postponed, with Valentine telling the Miami Herald that the "process needs a little more time."
Edwin Rodriguez is the Marlins’ interim manager. He interviewed with team executives on Saturday. Loria told MLB.com Rodriguez will be the manager for the club’s series with the Mets this week in Rodriguez’s native Puerto Rico.