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Edwin Rodriguez resigns as manager of the Marlins

Jun 19, 2011, 11:52 AM EST

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According to the Marlins’ official Twitter feed, manager Edwin Rodriguez announced his resignation before Sunday’s game. Bench coach Brandon Hyde is taking over the post on an interim basis, but 80-year-old Jack McKeon is also in consideration to finish out the season as skipper.

Rodriguez had been on the hot seat since the Marlins let go of hitting coach John Mallee in early June, and he decided to end the suffering himself after Saturday night’s 7-4 defeat in Tampa Bay. It was Florida’s 17th loss in the last 18 games.

The Fish courted ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine this past offseason and also showed heavy interest in current Nationals third base coach Bo Porter. They might look to make a long-term hire before the year is through. Or, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports suggests, the Marlins could wait until the offseason to make a run at White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.

Rodriguez led the Marlins to a 46-46 finish in 2010 and managed the club to a 32-39 record this year. It’s not yet known if the 50-year-old native of Ponce, Puerto Rico will attempt to continue coaching.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 19, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Sunday, bloody Sunday. Good for Edwin. No sense waiting around to be lopped off with one of Scrooge McLoria’s rusty swords, though I can envision that he was offered some kind of deal whereby he resigned, left his bridge unburned, his income stream intact if diverted in return for sparing the Feesh front orifice the criticism of yet another punitive and recriminatory firing.

    Just, dear Buddha, please don’t let it be Ozzie. Please please please please.

    • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2011 at 12:14 PM

      Coda: just scanned the various Feesh kelpvines and see no spin doctoring so far from the Feesh grointrust. This indicates to me that Rodriguez’ move may have actually taken them by surprise. If they’ve proven themselves adept at anything, it’s a remarkable penchant for spinning translucent webs of bullshit around any and every fiasco they have engendered, so if they have been silent all morning, you have to imagine that they’ve been placed at a serious propaganda disadvantage by Flat Eddie’s bailout.

      The absurd devolves to the ridiculous. What’s next?

  2. JBerardi - Jun 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Jack McKeon? Seriously? They want to play that card again?

    • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      That’s hard to believe, but then everything about the past three weeks has been hard to believe. If they were desperate or stupid enough to hire McKeon – and he was desperate and stupid (if not addled) enough to accept – it’d bee like those early days of the Mutts when Casey Stengel would fall asleep on the bench in the middle of games and the coaches would just quietly take over running the game till he woke up.

      The managerial selection will tell us a lot about whether or not McLoria and co. have given up on the season. If they have, it should be quite the salary dump before the trade deadline. According to the local media shunts, Bo Porter is the likely guy. He was runner up to Flat Eddie in the wake of the Bobby Valentine fiasco last weenter. But then the scuttlebutt about that fabled bagatelle is that Bobby decided that the Chihuahua was such a schmuck that he wanted to bypass him and be accountable directly to Scrooge McLoria; the Chihuahua threw a fit and we see where it all wound up.

      • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        Breaking news! The Feesh just lost their 10th in a row, 2-1. To their credit, the Razed made a gift of that single run. There’s a bunch of guys whose beauty of heart nearly makes up for the ghastliness of their stadium.

        It’s lucky the Feesh are hitting bottom now. If they had taken a fall like this 60 million years ago, we’d have no dinosaurs left.

  3. jimbo1949 - Jun 19, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    I’m chalking up the whole fiasco to the Buster Curse. All those Jints faithful, poking sharp implements into any and all piscine facsimiles in an effort to assuage their rage over their fallen superhero, appear to have summoned demons powerful enough to derail the season of the feesh. Perhaps the practitioners of Voodoo and/or Santeria resident in the Macondo can assist in the removal of said curse, or maybe just pile on in an effort to divest themselves of the even more powerful Curse of The Scrooge.
    .
    And so it goes

    • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM

      The Santeras down here have been too busy necronomicating for rain lately. Over the last couple of days they managed to put out a brush fire west of Krome Avenue in the eastern Everglades. I have it on good authority that in order to raise the dead, the entire team would need to be flown to Haiti. Problem is, Sean Penn has booked all the available seats for months in advance.

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