Edwin Rodriguez has stepped down as the manager of the Florida Marlins, issuing a statement after reports by the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer and others. Bench coach Brandon Hyde will take over for the time being, though former Florida manager Jack McKeon is being reported as a likely interim candidate.
After taking over in midseason 2010 for the fired Fredi Gonzalez, Rodriguez put together a 78-85 record in 163 games as the team's manager.
Rodriguez on his Sunday decision to move along:
This morning I offered my resignation to Larry Beinfest and the Marlins, and they accepted. I am grateful for the opportunity the Marlins gave me to manage at this level. It was a very hard decision for me to make, with the positive way the organization is moving; a new ballpark next season and the young core of players that this team has. I can't say enough about the effort that this staff and these players have put into this season. I could tell that they continued to give 100-percent effort each and every day on the field. I wish this organization, staff and players nothing but success in their futures.
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