Update: As first reported by SI.com’s John Heyman, the Marlins have hired 80-year-old Jack McKeon as their interim manager. McKeon, who led the Marlins to the 2003 World Series title after replacing Jeff Torborg, becomes the second-oldest manager in the history of the game.
McKeon will be hard pressed to recreate the magic his 2003 team had. That 2003 team was darn good. Actually, they were really talented. This Marlins team doesn’t have nearly the talent that 2003 team has too many holes to make that kind of run again.
Original Post, 6/19/11: The Florida Marlins have accepted the resignation of manager Edwin Rodriguez according to a report by ESPN. Rodriguez was in his first year as Marlins manager and has guided them to a 32-39 record.
At the time of Rodriguez’s resignation, the Marlins were in the midst of an historically bad June. The Marlins are 1-17 this month and the wheels have completely come off. The odds were, if Rodriguez didn’t resign, he would have given his walking papers by ownership.
The Marlins already fired hitting coach John Mallee, so the other shoe was going to drop on Rodriguez at some point. Marlins bench coach Brandon Hyde will take over in the interim.
ESPN’s Buster Olney just reported that Washington Nationals coach Bo Porter could be a managerial candidate in the future, but if the Marlins can’t get their hands on Porter, I’ll say that either Bobby Valentine or New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena will be Florida’s manager in 2012.