So Edwin Rodriguez resigned as the manager of the Florida Marlins on Sunday, which didn't come as the most surprising news in the world given that the Marlins have won one game in June to fall completely out of the race.
Now here's the surprising part. Whenever a team loses its manager in the middle of the season, it needs to find a quick replacement. Oftentimes, that replacement ends up being another member of the coaching staff, or perhaps a manager from the farm system. But the Marlins aren't going the usual course. I'll let a couple Tweets tell the story. Buster Olney:
Sources: Jack McKeon is expected to be the next manager of the Florida Marlins. At age 80, oldest manager ever, other than Connie Mack.
Mckeon is marlins owners loria's choice for interim manager. announcement is monday, I hear. So jack must be accepting
While it isn't official that the Marlins are going to hire Jack McKeon, it's everything but. And, if hired, the 80-year-old McKeon would become the second-oldest manager in MLB history.
McKeon debuted as a manager with the Kansas City Royals in 1973, but the reason he's being looked to here is because he managed the Marlins between 2003-2005, winning the World Series in his first season. McKeon took over for Jeff Torborg early in 2003 and turned a 16-22 ballclub into champions, and that's exactly the kind of turnaround the Marlins organization wants to repeat, with the team having lost 18 of its last 19 games.
McKeon was 241-207 with the Marlins overall. The team finished 83-79 in both 2004 and 2005. With the Marlins this season, he has been serving as a special assistant to Loria.