From the Palm Beach Post:
Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi was fired Tuesday, a move that had been
expected after his rift with owner Jeffrey Loria boiled over in an on-field
confrontation two months ago.
Girardi lost his job even though he's considered a strong candidate for NL manager of the year. The Marlins had baseball's youngest team and lowest payroll at $15 million, but Girardi led them to a 78-84 record, and they were in contention for a playoff berth until a late-September fade.
The cost-conscious Marlins wanted Girardi out so badly they were willing to let him go with two years left on a guaranteed three-year contract he signed in October 2005, when he became a manager for the first time.
At 41, he was the second-youngest manager in the major leagues after spending 15
years as a big-league catcher.