Tampa Bay Times

Marlins lifer Conine walks away

- Times wires

Mr. Marlin is a Marlin no more. Jeff Conine, who served as a special assistant to former team president David Samson, told the Miami Herald that he turned down an offer from new ownership, led by Tampa resident Derek Jeter, to remain with the organizati­on in what would have been a sharply diminished role at lower pay.

“To say I’m disappoint­ed, that I won’t have a role in this organizati­on, yeah, I’m disappoint­ed,” said Conine, an original Marlin and member of both World Series teams.

Conine and three other special assistants — Jack McKeon, Tony Perez and Andre Dawson — were fired last month by Samson under orders from Jeter, right after Jeter and Bruce Sherman completed purchase of the franchise.

Conine, Perez and Dawson were offered new positions for lower pay. They were reportedly making $100,000 annually and were offered half that to remain with the team, the Herald reported.

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