(despite appearances to the contrary, this photo is a few years old)

From the AP/Palm Beach Post

Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi was fired today, a move that had been expected after his rift with owner Jeffrey Loria boiled over in an on-field confrontation two months ago.

Atlanta third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez is considered the front-runner to replace Girardi. Gonzalez was runner-up in the Marlins’ search a year ago after Jack McKeon resigned.

Girardi said he was fired during a brief meeting in his office with team president David Samson, general manager Larry Beinfest and assistant general manager Mike Hill. Loria did not attend.

“They came in and said, `We’re going to make a change,'” Girardi said. He said no reason was given.

“To hash over what happened doesn’t make any sense,” Girardi said.