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McKeon may be Marlins' interim answer

Posted on: June 19, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2011 1:14 pm
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Eight years ago, Jack McKeon took over the Marlins at midseason and led them to a championship.

Now the Marlins may turn to McKeon again.

In the wake of the surprise resignation of manager Edwin Rodriguez, the team will seriously consider bringing the 80-year-old McKeon back as an interim manager, a source said Sunday. McKeon still works for the Marlins, who were caught by surprise by the team's sudden collapse, and then by Rodriguez's abrupt decision to resign.

"This was a shock," a Marlins person said Sunday.

The Marlins were 10 games over .500 and just one game out of first place on May 26. Now they're seven games under .500 and 12 1/2 games out of first. They've lost 17 of their last 18 games, including the last nine in a row.

But while there was strong speculation that owner Jeffrey Loria would fire Rodriguez, the team was caught by surprise when Rodriguez made the decision himself before Sunday's game at Tampa Bay. The Marlins then announced that bench coach Brandon Hyde would manage the team Sunday, and that the Marlins would search for an interim replacement.

McKeon, who managed the Marlins through 2005 and then stayed on as a special assistant to Loria, would fill that role.

Having McKeon manage the team now would allow Loria time to chase a high-profile manager to take the Marlins into their new stadium next year. Loria is known to covet White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who obviously isn't available now but could be after the season.

Bobby Valentine has also been a Loria favorite.

McKeon wouldn't be the oldest manager in baseball history. Connie Mack was 87 years old when he last managed the Philadelphia A's, in 1950.

Contacted Sunday by the Miami Herald, McKeon said he hadn't yet talked to anyone about the job.

"I'd have to check with my wife and see what she says," McKeon told the Herald. "But, no question, I could do it."
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How is it that Girardi replaces a succesful  manager in New York. Fredi replaces a succesful manager in Atlanta. Yet neither of those two can "cut" it in Florida. Really?

At some point the front office needs to look within ( Cubs for ex.) and decide how commited are you to winning.  
 
Thus mentioning the Cubs, they have a huge fan base, while there is a low end fan base in South Florida. A new stadium in Miami...even less people will go. 

The future of baseball does not exist in the owners making money off of 5 dollar hot dogs, but running a team that people want to see.


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