After it became evident the growth of the franchise had stagnated in the last couple of seasons under Don Mattingly, the parties agreed it was time to look for a new skipper.
General manager Kim Ng and the team took some time to examine all candidates, and Schumaker was the chosen one.
The young manager, who is about to lead his first MLB team, took some pictures with his family, at LoanDepot Park, which will be his home stadium.
Settling in at home. 💙 pic.twitter.com/k9a51HBhDJ
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) November 3, 2022
He was also spotted getting a tour to what will be his new home.
Marlins Fans Have High Hopes But Schumaker Needs More Talent On Offense
Marlins fans hope he can help the franchise get back to relevancy: with a 69-93 record in 2022, it’s evident that there is some work to do.
The offense doesn’t have too many talented players beyond Jazz Chisholm and Jorge Soler, if healthy.
Fortunately, they have a deep pool of useful pitchers in likely NL Cy Young Sandy Alcantara, Trevor Rogers, Pablo Lopez, Elieser Hernandez, Cody Poteet, Max Meyer, Eury Perez, Edward Cabrera, and others.
They can even entertain the possibility of trading one or two of them for a promising bat.
The organization needs to find a way to put a better offense to Schumaker’s disposal.
He may have fresh ideas and a modern way of viewing baseball, but if the decision-makers don’t give him talent to work with, he won’t get very far.
Managing the Marlins, who are usually stingy and cash-strapped, will definitely be a challenge for him and his coaching staff.