Manager Jack McKeon of the Florida Marlins argues with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during play against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Jack McKeon Takes Over As Florida Marlins Manager

With Edwin Rodriguez's resignation on Sunday, the Florida Marlins will turn to 80-year-old Jack McKeon to serve as the team's interim manager.

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Jack McKeon To Be Named Marlins Manager Monday

Via tweet from SI’s Jon Heyman, Jack McKeon has been named manager of the Florida Marlins and an announcement will come sometime this afternoon.

McKeon is 80; only Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics — who had the advantage of owning the team, so he could keep that job for 50 years — has been the field manager of a team at age 80 or older.

McKeon’s first managerial job was with the Kansas City Royals in 1973, 38 years ago. No current Marlins player was born when McKeon took that job. He has also managed Mack’s old team, the Athletics (in Oakland), the Padres, the Reds and had one other stint managing the Marlins under similar circumstances; he came out of the team’s front office in 2003 when they were floundering and led them to a World Series championship.

It’s not likely the Marlins will repeat that performance this season; McKeon is certainly only a placeholder while the club looks for a permanent replacement this upcoming offseason. Last year there were rumors that the Marlins were after White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, and nearly completed a “trade” where the Sox would acquire a player in exchange.

Whether or not that ever happens, expect those rumors to resurface after the 2011 season ends.


Jack McKeon Is Really Old

The Florida Marlins may be hiring Jack McKeon to manage. Jack McKeon is really old. You know this, but you may not appreciate just how old he really is.


Jack McKeon Heavy Favorite To Be Marlins' New Manager

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.

Jon Heyman:

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.


Edwin Rodriguez Resigns As Florida Marlins Manager: 'Hard Decision To Make'

Edwin Rodriguez has stepped down as the manager of the Florida Marlinsissuing 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.

For more on the Marlins and their quest for a new skipper, visit Fish Stripes.

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