ST. LOUIS — The Marlins and vice president of scouting and player development Gary Denbo parted ways on Wednesday.
“We appreciate all of Gary’s efforts during his time with the Marlins organization and wish him the best in his next endeavor,” general manager Kim Ng wrote in a message to MLB.com. “Our entire baseball operations team will continue to work together to attract and develop players across the organization to support our journey to continued success and the return of championship baseball to South Florida.”
In October 2017, Denbo marked the first major hire of then-CEO Derek Jeter, who has more than two decades of history at Denbo.
Denbo, now 61, had spent the past eight seasons with the Yankees, the last three as the vice president of player development. A former minor league player, he had 31 years of experience in various coaching, scouting and front office roles with the Yankees, Guardians and Blue Jays and Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan. Denbo managed Jeter with the Minors and was hitting coach for the Yankees in 2001.
Before joining the Marlins, Denbo was a key architect in building the Yankees’ farm system into one of the deepest in the major leagues. The hope was that he could do the same for the Marlins, who had one of the worst in baseball. While organization improved, making the top 5 in 2021 and 22 earning the most top 100 prospects, the Marlins struggled to develop hitters.
When Jeter and the Marlins agreed to part ways on February 28, many expected it was only a matter of time before Denbo would follow, as he was considered Jeter’s right-hand man.