Muckdogs hitting coach Roger La Francois recently suffered a partially-torn Achilles tendon and has to wear an air cast on his leg when not in uniform coaching.
Oliver Marmol was an infielder for the Palm Beach Cardinals who sensed his end as a professional ballplayer was near. The 24-year-old, taken in the sixth round of the 2007 draft from the College of Charleston, was scuffling. While Marmol was batting just .221 in 104 at-bats over 33 games this season, it was actually an improvement over his career mark of .203.
Not wanting to continue his playing career elsewhere following his release by the Cardinals on July 21, Marmol expressed a desire to get into coaching. The Cardinals obliged, offering Marmol a shot to serve as bench coach for manager Dann Bilardello's club, while assisting the slowed La Francois and serving as first base coach while the manager remains at his customary third base station.
Last week, I spoke with Marmol about his career transition and what he hopes might be ahead.
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