Mr. Marlin is a Marlin no more. Jeff Conine, who served as a special assistant to former team president David Samson, said he turned down an offer from new ownership 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,” Conine said by phone Thursday. Conine is a South Florida baseball icon, an original Marlin and member of both World Series teams. “I spent 7 1/2 years as a player and the last nine years as someone working with the organization,” Conine said. “I’ve always considered myself a Marlin. I’m a member of this community. I want to see them win again. I want to see them get back to the World Series and the playoffs.” But Conine wasn’t keen on remaining with the organization in a reduced role. As a special assistant under previous ownership, Conine was often in uniform for batting practice “to help (players) be better big leaguers.” He also sat in on trade discussions at the annual Winter Meetings, providing input and advice on proposed deals and free agent signings.
Derek Jeter offered Mr. Marlin less pay and a diminished role. He said no thanks.
Miami Herald | Oct 27