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Manager Marshall
2005-02-09 15:04
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The Second Mike Marshall, former outfielder of the Dodgers, was set to be named manager of the El Paso Diablos in the independent Central League today, reports Darren Hunt in the El Paso Times.

Marshall, considered in the early 1980s to be the preeminent Dodger prospect before a solid if not spectacular career analagous to, say ... Tatum O'Neal? Timothy Hutton? Belinda Carlisle? ... has been active in the independent minors since his retirement as a player, according to Hunt. Just turned 45 (can you believe it?), Marshall has been a player-coach with the Schaumburg Flyers, manager-general manager of the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs, and Northern League director of baseball operations.

Following a sale of the team, El Paso left the Texas League in November 2004 after 23 seasons. A history of the Central League can be found here.

Update: Here's a story following the official announcement.

Marshall, who has already hired ex-major league hurler Jack Cusack as his pitching coach, describes independent leagues as "kind of the major leagues of minor leagues."

"It's not about pitch counts and a parent club telling you who has to play and who doesn't," he said. "We're out there to win. And major league teams love independent leagues now, because we do their job for them. Half of them are tapping into independent leagues for replacement talent."

Marshall also said, "I'm very serious, very intense. ... I demand a lot from my players," according to this KFOXTV.com brief.

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