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Marlins owner non-committal about keeping Jack McKeon

Jul 15, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

Jack McKeon

Jeffrey Loria spoke to the media today for the first time since June and the Marlins owner was non-committal about retaining Jack McKeon as manager beyond this season, saying:

We’ll see where we are at the end of the year. There could be a number of candidates but right now Jack is the manager and we’ll see where it goes at the end of the year. There is a chance, of course. I’m not ruling anything out. But it will have to be somebody with experience. I’m not gonna allow a repeat of what happened this year.

McKeon has the market cornered on experience, obviously, and he’s successfully turned the Marlins around with a 12-8 record since taking over for Edwin Rodriguez.

Loria blamed Rodriguez and former hitting coach John Mallee for most of the pre-McKeon problems and was understandably full of praise for the 80-year-old manager, saying: “I mean, Jack, let’s face it, he’s brilliant. And I don’t care if he’s 180 years old. He’s got his hand on the pulse of this team and everybody on it.”

If the Marlins finish above .500–and they’re currently in last place at 44-48–it would seem like a no-brainer to offer McKeon the 2012 job as long as he’s actually interested in taking it. Throughout his career he’s never stayed in one place for very long and who knows what he’ll want to do at age 81. My grandpa is only a few years older than that and mostly just wants to nap and read obituaries.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    When Scrooge McLoria speaks to the media, it’s always an event. It’s such a tonic, an antidote, to all the bullshit, half-truths and noncommittal euphemisms that get thrown around in the sports media. And an interview with Scrooge McLoria is always full of surprises, too. Who knew he had it within his power all along to allow “what happened” in June actually to happen? I sure didn’t. Maybe it was his idea all along. Maybe it was the Chihuahua’s idea, but McLoria doesn’t want to let him take the credit for it. One never knows, do one?

    I can see why he wants to ‘okey-kokey his way around the question of the Curmudgeonly Undead. What happens if Scrooge makes a commitment to him, like the one he made to, oh, John Buck and the ole’ feller promptly “falls asleep” on the bench and won’t wake up? You’d have to keep moving his arms around, re-lighting his cigar and putting him back in the cryogenic cylinder in between every few innings to have half a chance of getting away with your insistence that he’s just being extraordinarily thoughtful. Come on now. You can’t blame Scrooge for not wanting the inaugural season at Macondo Banana Massacre Field to be a protracted Weekend at Bernie’s now, can you?

    • kiwicricket - Jul 15, 2011 at 8:12 PM

      Ozzie AND Frenchy are coming to play in Macondo next year Gator. Please arrange suitable stuffed toys and devices to stimulate young undeveloped minds.

      • Old Gator - Jul 16, 2011 at 12:15 AM

        You been eating those big mussels without washing them off again, have you?

  2. Detroit Michael - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Depending on how one chooses to characterize it, McKeon is standing in front of a corporate logo or McKeon is standing in front of a white flag.

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