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Marlins manager Jack McKeon announces retirement

Sep 26, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

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Jack McKeon’s return to managing at age 80 didn’t go quite as well as hoped, and he announced Monday that he’ll retire after Wednesday’s Marlins season finale.

McKeon is 39-48 since taking over the job in June, giving him a very similar record to the man he replaced.  The Marlins were 32-39 under Edwin Rodriguez and 0-1 in Brandon Hyde’s one game as interim manager.

No one was really expecting McKeon to remain the Marlins’ manager when they opened their new stadium in 2012, but the ride in his three-plus months at the helm has been bumpier than the team would have liked.  Not always pleased with his team’s effort, he was most vocal last month, saying, among other things, that “some of these guys had better wake up.”

It’s safe to assume that McKeon, who hadn’t managed since 2005 before joining the Marlins this year, is done for good this time.  With three games left to go, his record stands at 1,050-988.  He managed the Marlins to a World Series victory as a 72-year-old in 2003 and also won 96 games with the Reds back in 1999.

  1. Panda Claus - Sep 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    The possible shame of wearing that new Miami hat probably was enough to chase him away.

    Jack did an admirable job coming in to do what he could, but it wasn’t to be this time around.

  2. natstowngreg - Sep 26, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Another step toward The Ozzie Era in south Florida.

    • Old Gator - Sep 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      Gaggggg.

  3. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Frankly, I think the Curmudgeonly Undead went out gracefully and professionally. If this had been my team this season, I would have just left a suicide note.

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