Marlins Manager Rodriguez Resigns
Unexpectedly today, Edwin Rodriguez officially stepped down as Manager of the Florida Marlins during the teams 9 game skid.
In a very strange turn of events the Marlins are once again left without a manager. Today, Edwin Rodriguez resigned as the clubs manager, thought team sources say that he was in no danger of losing his job. Sources around Rodriguez said that he was just frustrated with his last place team after just one year on the job.
Rodriguez gained the position just about one year ago when then Manager Fredi Gonzalez was fired. Now one year later, he is gone. Bench coach Brandon Hyde will take over as interim manager for now, but according to ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olny, the team is will begin the search for a new manager at the start if the week.
Rodriguez was well liked and respected among other managers in the league. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon had this to say:
He's one of the nicest, most decent men I've met in this game, and it's unfortunate that he has to feel the weight of this whole moment because it's not his fault. He's worked so hard to get to this point. They were doing so well a couple weeks ago. That's the strange part about it. We just played them down there and they beat us two out of three. They were playing good baseball.
The Marlins are currently sitting in last place in the NL East. 12.5 games back of the first place Phillies, and 3 back of third and fourth place Washington and NY (Mets). Florida President of Baseball operations said the situation is frustrating, and also did not rule out additional changes.