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June 30, 2010 10:01 AM

Another Missed Opportunity

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On Tuesday the Marlins announced that Edwin Rodriguez would remain on as manager for the rest of the 2010 season.

For Rodriguez, that's no small feat, especially considering the fact I'm sure you've heard by now, but I'll repeat because it's pretty amazing:  The Marlins have had 10 managers in their 17 years of existence - the most of any team in that span.

It must be a tough place to manage.  (See: Joe Girardi)

But I would have liked to see another person given the chance to manage the team.


Of all the names that came up during the Marlins' managerial search, Gary Carter was never mentioned.

I just don't get it.

He's had nothing but success as a minor league manager, but has been awfully quiet since the end of his season managing the Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish in 2010.

I know he wanted to be home with his grandchild, which was part of the reason he took the college job, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity:

-The Marlins are not far from where he makes his home in Florida.

-The Marlins are where he began his post-playing career, as a broadcaster (that's why the autograph he sent me for my 16th birthday is on Marlins 'stationery' at left).

-Plus, it's a major league job, which I don't think he'd turn down.

So I'm sure it's not him not taking advantage of an opportunity - it seems like for some reason Gary Carter is not wanted.

He's a Hall of Famer, and he's shown he's a pretty good manager.  He's outspoken, but he will draw good attention to your team.  I find it hard to believe that just because he talked about a desire for Willie Randolph's job before Randolph was out of a job, he's cost himself a shot at ever managing in the majors.  Who doesn't want to manage the Mets?  Sure, he probably shouldn't have said anything.....but I don't see that as enough reason to make him an outcast.

There's a chance Rodriguez won't be back with the Marlins in 2011 (a better than 50% chance based on their history, I'd say), so I guess there's a chance Gary Carter could be considered in an off-season search.

And I hope he does get considered.  Because if he doesn't even have a shot at the Marlins job, I don't think he'll ever get a shot at managing in the majors.

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