FORT LAUDERDALEOne mans misfortune is another mans opportunity. Or in the case of the Marlins, two and two.
The Mothers Day massacre that claimed manager Jeff Torborg and pitching coach Brad Arnsberg opened the door for the promotions of Doug Davis and Wayne Rosenthal.
Davis moved from minor league field coordinator to bench coach under new manager Jack McKeon. Rosenthal, who had been drawing raves for his work as minor league pitching coordinator, replaced Arnsberg as pitching coach. Former bench coach Jeff Cox was reassigned to bullpen coach.
Before the moves went through, farm director Marc DelPiano was asked for his thoughts on both men. He gave both Davis and Rosenthal glowing recommendations.
"Im a big Doug Davis booster," DelPiano said. "He has a very quiet demeanor about him, but he is professional and hes got a real good feel for managing. Hes a patient and a poised presence and a good teacher as well."
Davis, 39, spent five seasons managing in the Mets system at three different levels. His 1998 Capital City club won 90 games and the low Class A South Atlantic League title. His 2000 Double-A Binghamton club, which featured Ty Wigginton and Mike Kinkade among others, won 82 games and a division title.
Considering McKeon is 72, the oldest manager or head coach in pro sports history, there are some in the organization who view Davis as a natural successor in the next year or two.
"Doug is very organized," DelPiano said. "Everybody says he commands respect. When you meet him, you understand why. Im fond of him. Hes a great addition."
DelPiano had similar praise for Rosenthal, a fellow New Yorker and friend from their days in the Rangers system a decade ago. Rosenthal, 38, is so committed to his pupils, he was willing to continue supervising their progress in addition to running the big league staff.
"Thats the kind of guy he is," DelPiano said. "I had to tell him, Hey, Rosey. Youre going to hear from one voice, and its going to be me. The guys are not calling you. "
Lefthander Dontrelle Willis, the Marlins top pitching prospect, notched his first big league win in San Diego. Willis made his debut five days earlier in Florida against the Rockies.
With Todd Hollandsworth struggling and top prospect Miguel Cabrera tearing up the Southern League at Double-A Carolina, there was discussion about moving Cabrera from third base to left field. Hollandsworth heated up at the plate, however, and Cabrera will likely stay put.
Previous organization report: Don Levinski
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