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More Marlins intrigue

It's hard not to wonder about the timing of Jeffrey Loria's decision to fire manager Fredi Gonzalez (both pictured at left) and some of his coaches. Usually, when you fire the manager and install an interim, you don't make coaching changes until you know who the permanent manager is going to be, because that puts the new coaches in limbo.

I'm also wondering if there is a connection with the Orioles managerial search, since one of the top free agent managers -- Buck Showalter -- is set to interview with the Orioles today and Eric Wedge is expected back for a second interview soon. Maybe Loria won't be outbid by Peter Angelos this time.

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Maybe it wasn't intentional, but the timing and the location of the decision certainly create an interesting juxtaposition between Loria -- who moved decisively with his team still on the fringe of contention -- and Angelos, who waited until the Orioles were beyond hope before approving the dismissal of Dave Trembley.

There are all sorts of subplots here, including the one involving Hanley Ramirez, who publicly questioned Gonzalez's qualifications to manage the team earlier this season. Should be some interesting coverage in South Florida.

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