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Could Marlins be eyeing Wally Backman to replace Mike Redmond?

The struggling Marlins could be looking to Vegas—and the Mets organization—for their next manager.

Chris McShane

Mike Redmond has been the manager of the Miami Marlins since 2013, recording a 141-195 record since taking the job. That's not good, especially with a bona fide superstar on the team, a crop of young players hoping to take the next step this season, and a group of veterans present to guide the way.

So with the Marlins headed to Philadelphia after being swept by the Mets in a four-game series this weekend, there's a rumor that Redmond—a fan favorite with the club during his playing days and a member of the franchise's 1997 and 2003 championship teams—may not last the season, let alone the week. One of the names that have come up as a possible replacement is former Mets second baseman and current Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman.

According to sources who have heard rumblings, Redmond is on the hot seat and the the organization is already bouncing around possible replacements. One possibility: Wally Backman...

Sources said Loria is not happy with the team's play, and Giancarlo Stanton's post-game comments Friday suggesting the team lacked "fire," while in no way directed at the more laid-back style of Redmond, might have had the unintended effect of creating that impression. Loria has always had a strong preference for fiery managers.

Certainly the Marlins were expected to be much more competitive in the early going, but they have gotten off to a slow start, even with Giancarlo Stanton under contract until 2027 and veterans such as Ichiro Suzuki, Martin Prado, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Michael Morse around to guide the team's group of young players like Adeiny Hechavarria, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich. Backman, of course, was floated as a possibility to replace Terry Collins before the 2015 season. But whether or not he is Miami's next manager—or if the Marlins even end up making a move at all—remains to be seen.