Proving to be more than just an answer to a trivia question (Who was the first ever manager in the bigs to be a native from Puerto Rico?), Edwin Rodriguez had the winning touch as the Marlins fought back from a 4-0 deficit to beat the O’s 7-5.
It took a home run fest with Gaby Sanchez (8th) and Jorge Cantu (10th, 100th of his career) going yard to put those initial 4 runs on the board. Ricky Nolasco was hanging pitches high in the zone and dug an early 4 run hole for the Fish but in typical (or, should we say vintage since we haven’t seen this of late much) Marlins fashion they fought back to get the win.
The question now is, at least one of many, how long will Rodriguez and his AAA crew continue to man the dugout? There has been talk about Bobby Valentine coming in to become the next skipper of the Marlins and truthfully, his exuberance and humor could help this team and this franchise find itself again. In fact, the reports are that Valentine removed his candidacy from the Orioles gig. There is also history between Loria and Valentine and that may make him the front runner. Judging by the fact that this move was made pretty quickly, it wasn’t done in haste as Loria reportedly wanted to fire Fredi Gonzalez a year ago at the end of the season but was talked out of it (starting to sound familiar, huh Joe Girardi?).