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Marlins president says firing manager Edwin Rodriguez “is not something I’ve pondered”

Jun 17, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT


Yesterday the Marlins lost for the 14th time in 15 games to slide into sole possession of last place in the NL East and judging from Hanley Ramirez‘s comments about having Edwin Rodriguez’s “back till death” the players clearly think their manager is on the hot seat.

Team president David Samson told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that firing Rodriguez “is not something that I have pondered.”

He stopped well short of saying Rodriguez’s job is safe, however, as Capozzi notes that he “chose his words carefully” and “left that door open a bit” while saying:

Obviously we are going through an unprecedented bad stretch and we are disappointed. But as quickly as things have gone bad, we are hoping they can get good again. I am confident we have the ability to get out of this. We’ll just have to see how we do it. You hear this from us every year: Everyone is always evaluated every day, always.

Roughly translated, that sure seems like “we’re not ready to fire him right now, but we’re also not ruling it out if the losing continues for much longer.”

Rodriguez, who took over as manager in the middle of last year when the Marlins fired Fredi Gonzalez following back-to-back winning seasons, has gone 78-83 in one game short of a full season at the helm.

  1. halladaysbicepts - Jun 17, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    It’s not Edwin’s fault at all. You could bring in Connie Mack to manage that team and they would still be terrible.

    • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM

      First of all, it’s hilarious to hear the Chihuahua yipping that he hasn’t pondered firing Flat Eddie. He’s the team spin doctor, not much more, and he’s not even as good at it as Ron Zeigler. He’s there at all because he’s Scrooge McLoria’s son-in-law. Hank Goldberg used to call him “the paper boy.” They wouldn’t let him sign a check to get his hair straightened. Scrooge and Slick Larry Beinfest will make the decision when the time inevitably comes.

      Second, how would you like it if you were the manager of the Feesh under these conditions and the most vocal guy who “had your back” was carrying a .205 batting average into battle on your behalf?

      Finally, I spent all of yesterday driving from Macondo to Baltimore (because I wanted to) and the last waning signals of Macondo area wee hour tawk raydeeo carried sounds of the local fans sharpening their pocket knives for Flat Eddie. I have to hand it to the locals: they can smell blood in the water like a starving squalus.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        Well, you know the old saying “you can’t fire the team, so fire the manager.” When things go bad, people always want accountability. In this case, though, it’s not warranted.

        The Fish need to ride this out for the season the way it is, go into next year with your new ballpark, and hope you get a major influx of people attending the games. When you have guys like Wes Helms in your lineup, I think some upgrades are needed.

        Greater attendance=more money=better players.

        Florida needs to look at Phillies model and try to emulate it to some degree.

  2. addictedzone - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    I think it’s very safe to say that a statement roughly translated as, “we’re not ready to fire him right now, but we’re also not ruling it out if the losing continues for much longer” could come out of the mouth of every owner of every major league baseball team after a 1-14 stretch. The exception to the rule being past owner George Steinbrenner of course for reasons obvious to most here.

  3. 12strikes - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    The best cheif in the world can not make a Souffle with rotten eggs.

  4. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    This team has also fired Joe Girardi and Freddie Gonzalez in recent years. Maybe they should fire the owner and GM.

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