Rodriguez unexpectedly resigns as Marlins’ manager

Published 12:49 am Monday, June 20, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez unexpectedly resigned with his team on a nine-game losing streak, frustrated with his last-place club after less than one year on the job.

Bench coach Brandon Hyde will manage the Marlins against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, but the club will begin a search for an interim manager.

Early reports say the Marlins will name 80-year-old Jack McKeon as the manager, making him the second oldest manager in Major League Baseball history behind 87-year-old Connie Mack.

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The Marlins fell to 1-17 in June with Saturday’s 7-4 loss to the Rays. They were 32-39 and in last place in the NL East, 12 1/2 games behind the Phillies.

Rodriguez was in his first full season as the Marlins’ manager. He became interim manager June 23 of last year after Fredi Gonzalez was fired.

He was given the job permanently five days later, becoming the first Puerto Rican-born manager in major league history.