It worked in 2003, can it work in 2011? The Marlins, believing themselves to be contenders despite what the rest of the world was thinking, got rid of manager Jeff Torborg back then to dust off Jack McKeon. Most saw it as a move of desperation at best, but McKeon was able to rally the team to play some of the best baseball in the entire league for the remainder of the season.
Part II would be even more miraculous. The Marlins have lost 11 straight and are 1-18 this month. A team that started off the season hot and looking like a contender has now sunk like a brick within the NL East. Looking more like the Mets than the Phillies, the Marlins are a desperate team faced with a series of injuries, but even still not playing sound baseball. The 80 year old McKeon will try his magic again, but it would seem that just getting this team to play good baseball again will be enough of a challenge. Edwin Rodriguez resigned after the Marlins racked up their 10th straight loss and what seemed like a promising find for the Fish after the Fredi Gonzalez fiasco has turned into something rotten.
Recently, Hanley Ramirez was quoted as backing Rodriguez as his coach, “He’s going to be here forever. I’m on his side. I’ve got his back to the death.” Although admirable, it turned out to be the kiss of death as Rodriguez resigned shortly thereafter. Rodriguez only went as far as to state that it was in the best interest of the Marlins to resign, but one would question his competitiveness if that was the case. If anyone knows Rodriguez, he is not a guy who would quit easily – so there remains to be seen what the true circumstances of his exit are.