The Miami Marlins have a new manager who is literally a new manager.
General manager Dan Jennings will move out of the front office and into the dugout, the team announced Monday.
“There’s really an element of surprise to everybody here,” Jennings said at a news conference announcing the move. “It is out of the box, I will not deny that.”
Jennings has worked for the Marlins since 2002 as a front-office executive and became the general manager after the 2013 season.
He never played in the big leagues or minor leagues, but he got a tryout for the New York Yankees as a pitcher in 1984.
His last role on the bench was coaching an Alabama high school team before joining the Cincinnati Reds as a scout in 1986.
Mike Redmond was fired as manager on Sunday after the Marlins were swept by the Braves and fell to 16-22 on the season.
Since Jeffrey Loria bought the Marlins in 2002, the team has had eight managers (not including Brandon Hyde’s one-game stint as interim manager in 2011 after Edwin Rodríguez resigned).
Loria’s latest move brought derision on Twitter.