Marlins reassign coach Butler; Harris assumes 3B duties
The Miami Marlins shook up their coaching staff prior to Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Lenny Harris, who also serves as the assistant hitting coach, will assume third base coaching duties for Brett Butler. Butler will remain as the outfield/baserunning/bunt coach on the bench.
Harris, in his fourth season with the Marlins organization, spent three seasons (2012-14) as a coach for the Gulf Coast League Marlins. Prior to that, he worked as a hitting coach in the Los Angeles Dodgers system from 2009-11.
Butler, who was in his second season as the third base/outfield coach, previously spent five years as the manager for Triple-A Reno in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
"Lenny’s going to go out and be our third base coach," manager Dan Jennings told reporters in Pittsburgh. "He’s done it through the minor leagues, and we’re going to bring Bugsy inside the dugout and utilize his expertise. Seventeen years in the big leagues, I think 558 bases, and allow him to work from here, see some things that can help us put the game in motion, get some reads off pitchers and be able to utilize all the things he did when he played, a great career. I think it’ll be beneficial for us as we move forward into the season."
It marks the second major move on the coaching staff in two weeks. On May 17, the Marlins dismissed manager Mike Redmond and bench coach Rob Leary. A day later, Jennings took over as manager, while Mike Goff became his bench coach.
There were reports that confusion on signs led to this third-base decision. When asked, Jennings didn’t confirm them.
"I’m not going to talk about things that happened on the field,” Jennings said. “Those things are internal. Anyone can speculate, but I would say Brett Butler has been — as a player — was that guy that utilized his speed and took advantage of certain things, and I just feel like going forward that helps us. Helps us relay to our players and see things that will make us be able to put the game in motion and be aggressive, which is how we want to play."