Edwin Rodriguez Deserves To Be the Marlins' Manager in 2011

Tony MenendezCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2010

PHOENIX - JULY 08:  Manager Edwin Rodriguez of the Florida Marlins during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 8, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Marlins 10-4.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Let me be straight right off the bat.

Edwin Rodriguez should not have left Sun Life Stadium in Miami last Sunday without word as to whether he will remain at the helm of the Florida Marlins next season.

The former major leaguer that played once for the New York Yankees deserves the opportunity to be back. Period.

Rodriguez does not deserve it because he became the first Puerto Rican to manage in the major leagues.

It should be because he has demonstrated that he is capable of doing the job.

Ask any of his Marlins' players that played for him in the franchise's minor league system.

Even the Marlins' veterans, Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla, want him back on the bench.

His first-year 46-46 record probably doesn't amaze anyone. However, he did his best with a team mostly of rookies, who gave their hearts and souls to finish third in the National League East Division.

Names such as Gaby Sanchez, Logan Morrison, and Puerto Ricans Ozzie Martinez and Mike Stanton were the core of the Marlins' lineup the last half of the season.

On the last day of the season, English language TV and radio commentators all said that Rodriguez, if not the Marlins' manager next season, could possibly end up at the helm of other team.

The Blue Jays, Braves Brewers, Cubs, Mets and Pirates are known to be looking for a new skipper.

The Marlins' management is well known around baseball for their no-nonsense decisions. However, this time it makes sense to bring Rodriguez back.