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Marlins fire manager Joe Girardi

Updated: October 3, 2006, 4:55 PM ET
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MIAMI -- In the end, Joe Girardi's job security had more to do with dealing with the front office than his rookie-laden team.

The first-year manager was fired by the Florida Marlins on Tuesday, a move that was followed shortly by the hiring of Fredi Gonzalez.

One of the leading candidates for the National League Manager of the Year Award, Girardi had an outstanding debut in the dugout, guiding baseball's youngest and lowest-paid team to a surprising 78-84 record.

After an 11-31 ...

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