Mr. Marlin is a Marlin no more.
Jeff Conine, who served as a special assistant to former team president David Samson, told the Miami Herald that he turned down an offer from new ownership, led by Tampa resident Derek Jeter, to remain with the organization in what would have been a sharply diminished role at lower pay.
"To say I'm disappointed, that I won't have a role in this organization, yeah, I'm disappointed," said Conine, an original Marlin and member of both World Series teams.
Conine and three other special assistants — Jack McKeon, Tony Perez and Andre Dawson — were fired last month by Samson under orders from Jeter, right after Jeter and Bruce Sherman completed purchase of the franchise.
Conine, Perez and Dawson were offered new positions for lower pay. They were reportedly making $100,000 annually and were offered half that to remain with the team, the Herald reported.
Put a stake through this one
Charlie Morton addressed a meaty matter before his World Series debut: No, he does not own Morton's The Steakhouse. During the ALCS, someone added to his Wikipedia page that the family of the Astros pitcher owned the chain of about 75 restaurants. That was deleted, and this week a sentence was inserted that proclaimed he is "infamous for owning a steakhouse and is a steak connoisseur. It is Morton's routine to eat a 2 pound steak before each start." "I feel like I might know who the culprit is, but I don't want to say so," he said before describing a person much like Jason Grilli. "There's a former Pirate that loved to get on Wikipedia, a former right-handed relief pitcher who threw a lot of sinkers, and he's really tall. I'm not saying that's him, either, because I don't have the facts."
'Tex' weighs in
Former Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira believes bench coach Rob Thomson "would be perfect in New York" and sees him as the best candidate to fill the vacancy left by Joe Girardi, who was not retained after 10 seasons. Thomson is expected to be interviewed by GM Brian Cashman, along with current first-base coach Tony Pena, Triple-A manager Al Pedrique and third-base coach Joe Espada.
"I whiffed. There's no other way to categorize it. He's young, he was under club control. That was one I wish I could undo."
Jerry DiPoto, Mariners GM, on trading postseason star Chris Taylor to the Dodgers for minor-league RHP Zach Lee in June 2016. Lee is no longer in the organization.