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Leyland might be Marlins bound

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

This isn't Jack McKeon's fault. Not even close.

He's not the reason the Florida Marlins are still stumbling around close to 500 in mid-July. He's not the reason they rank near the bottom of the league in runs, home runs and bullpen ERA.

But when an ultra-competitive owner like Jeffrey Loria signs a $52 million free agent (Carlos Delgado) in January and authorizes the highest player payroll in team history ($66 million), sustained mediocrity simply isn't acceptable.

That's why the Marlins could soon alter the aroma that emanates from the manager's office at Dolphins Stadium. Trader Jack's signature cigar smoke, so vital during the World Series run of 2003, could be a few more bad losses from giving way to the cigarette smoke of the only other man to bring such October glory to South Florida.

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That's right. Jim Leyland.

At least that's the name you keep hearing around baseball when the subject of a potential Marlins opening comes up.

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