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Marlins owner wants 80-year-old Jack McKeon to serve as interim manager

Jun 19, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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Yeah, that Jack McKeon.

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, it is owner Jeffrey Loria’s desire that the 80-year-old former skipper returns to Major League Baseball as interim manager of the Marlins.

Edwin Rodriguez announced his resignation on Sunday morning after leading the Marlins to a 32-39 start, and most recently a 1-17 rut. Bench coach Brandon Hyde served as manager in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Rays and is also being considered for the interim post.

If McKeon is offered the gig and accepts, he will become the second-oldest manager in baseball history. A native of South Amboy, New Jersey, he managed the Royals from 1973-1975, the A’s from 1977-1978, the Padres from 1988-1990 and the Reds from 1997-2000. He won a World Series with the Marlins in 2003 then retired after the ’05 season. There are indications that he would be willing to come back on a one-year pact.

The Marlins are likely to begin their search for a long-term option after the regular season. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal suggested Sunday morning that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will be a target.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jun 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Apparently, the ghost of Billy Martin is unavailable. Guess we have to wait for his reincarnation to finish his season in Chicago.

    • ditto65 - Jun 19, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      Ummm – the ghost of Billy Martin lives inside Lou Pinella. And I hear he is available to Florida teams with low expectations…

    • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:09 AM

      According to local tawk raydeeo, McKeon is going to be brought in after all to run the show till the end of the season; the team will make the announcement on Monday morning.

      To a lot of people this move will make the Feesh look like even more of a laughingstock than they already do. I can’t imagine Larry Beinfest thinking this is a good idea and I suspect this was Scrooge McLoria’s tinpot Steinbrenner complex pulling the levers. Even though I can’t fail to respect McKeon’s baseball smarts, the idea of this is utterly idiotic for reasons having nothing to do with baseball per se. You’re asking an 80-year old, overweight man who is a heavy smoker to take on a thankless workload and work outdoors at least half of the time in midsummer in Macondo’s sweltering tropical conditions, where 22-year-old garden workers from El Salvador routinely plotz from the heat and humidity. So, I worry about him just from a simple health perspective.

      On top of that, McKeon’s memory wasn’t functioning all that well eight years ago – but now? Is he really up to this? Are the Feesh going to force-feed him a handful of algal DHA three times a day so he can remember not to write in the names of three pitchers on the lineup card? I detect the tautological dimension of what I’m about to say, but frankly, McKeon’s mere acceptance of this job is evidence of his unfitness for it.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 20, 2011 at 8:02 AM

        Maybe they injected stem cells into his hippocampus, kinda like Bartolo Colon’s shoulder?

      • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM

        If they had tried to do that to my hippocampus, it would have flipped their kayak and stomped them into the mud.

      • cur68 - Jun 20, 2011 at 11:09 AM

        My hippocampus is a small horselike creature that runs about on it’s toes.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 19, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Will he have a scooter from the scooter store to take him to the mound? Or just the old fashioned walker?

  3. Old Gator - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    I was working in the lab late one night
    When my eyes beheld an eerie sight…..

  4. bravin4evr - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    The thought of this is ridiculous. It’s even more ridiculous if McKeon is truly considering this. How will he maintain the daily grind? How does an 80 yr old relate to these players of today? Whoever thought of this ought to be shot in the ass!

    • jhorton83 - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:18 PM

      From what I recall of his last stint with the Marlins, McKeon had a lot of trouble remembering the names of his players. God only knows how that’s going to go 6 years later and at 80 years old.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:20 PM

      cause that’s where his head is

  5. JBerardi - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    “Whoever thought of this ought to be shot in the ass!”

    Well if you read all the way to the second sentence, Jeffrey Loria thought of this. And yeah, he should be shot. Preferably out of a cannon, into the sun.

    • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:02 AM

      If you shot Scrooge McLoria in the ass, it’d be manslaughter.

  6. Jonny 5 - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Jerry Manuel

    • jwbiii - Jun 19, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      Probably somebody who has never managed in MLB before. Why would Jerry Manuel or Ozzie Guillen want to work for these clowns? Somebody like Blake Hyde or Bo Porter who just wants to get a manager’s job and hopes the next stop will be less dysfunctional.

  7. jwbiii - Jun 19, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    *Brandon* Hyde

  8. tuftsb - Jun 19, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Wilford Brimley as bench coach…

    • jwbiii - Jun 19, 2011 at 11:14 PM

      It’s the right thing to do.

  9. addictedzone - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:19 AM

    I kind of like the idea of Jack coming in for three months. He stays on an even keel and that’s what this young team needs right now. Everyone knew, short of a good run in the playoffs, that Edwin wouldn’t be back next year, so under the circumstances the best thing is to let Jack play out the year and get everyone’s head back in the game.

    After the season is over, they can get on board with whatever manager they want to take them into the new stadium. But if they start leaning towards that crazy man on the south side of Chicago I’d just as soon they keep Jack next year too.

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