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Report: Edwin Rodriguez to return as Marlins’ manager

Nov 2, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

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It was easy to see where this one was headed after Bo Porter signed on to be the third base coach with the Nationals earlier today, but Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel just confirmed what we all expected. Edwin Rodriguez will return as Marlins’ manager next season.

Rodriguez was offered and accepted the job during a meeting with Marlins owner Jeffery Loria in New York City earlier today. The Marlins are expected to officially remove the interim tag from Rodriguez tomorrow.

Rodriguez began the 2010 season managing Triple-A New Orleans before being promoted to interim manager after Fredi Gonzalez was fired at the end of June. The first-time manager led the Marlins to a respectable 41-41 record, finishing the year at 80-82 and in third place in the National League East.

I’m glad this is finally over, but with a new ballpark on the way in 2012, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Marlins are out there looking for a new manager again next offseason.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 2, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    And no coincidence that he was the least expensive option, either. As I understand it he had a lot of respect and affection from the players, especially Dan Uggla, and Larry Beinfest may well have felt that it was necessary to sign Rodriguez if they were serious about keeping Uggla. On the other hand, if they lose Uggla – which they will if he intends to collect his true market value; Scrooge McLoria will never pay $11 million/yr/4 years, which is what Danny Boy is rumored to want – it won’t matter much who the manager is. As it won’t matter even with Uggla without some serious Boolpen overhauling.

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