ST. PETERSBURG -- Former Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez didn't speak to reporters after resigning Sunday morning before the series finale against the Rays at Tropicana Field, but he had telling things to say about the team's struggles a day earlier.
"I know one thing: A year from now, two years from now, this team is going to be way up there with everybody because the talent is there," Rodriguez said Saturday. "They have to learn to be accountable for their actions, the whole package. Don't be looking for pointing fingers at anybody. Be accountable for what is happening right now. It's a bit of maturity that will come."
Rodriguez, who took over after Fredi Gonzalez's dismissal on June 23, 2010, went 78-85 over the course of two seasons.
When the Marlins swept the Giants May 24-26, they were 10 games over .500 and two games behind the first-place Phillies.
Florida entered Sunday 32-39 and in last in the National League East, 12 1/2 games behind Philadelphia. Entering the series finale at Tropicana Field, the Marlins lost 20 of 23 since leaving San Francisco and won just one game in June.
"The main guys were out there -- JJ [Josh Johnson] was out there. Hanley [Ramirez] was out there, so, 'If anybody has to get a hit, he's the guy to get a hit,'" Rodriguez said. "'If he's not getting the hit, then I'm getting the hit. No one's paying attention to what I'm trying to do. If anybody has to be the ace, JJ should be the one.' They don't feel like, 'I have to step up.' It's the same time, same players, just different mentalities and different approaches."
Rodriguez believed that the team was missing a key veteran presence that the franchise has had in the past, such as Luis Gonzalez, Carlos Delgado and Darren Daulton.
"We're lacking that veteran presence that will come and say, 'Guys we have to step back and have some fun,'" Rodriguez said. "There's only so much a coach or manager can say about that. But coming from a player, among them, it will be different."
Before Dewayne Wise's contract was selected from Triple-A New Orleans, the Marlins' starting outfield consisted of Logan Morrison, Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton -- none of whom had played an entire Major League season.
"I think 100 percent it's in their heads, especially when you have LoMo hitting third, Gaby [Sanchez] hitting fourth," Rodriguez said. "They're young guys, and they feel like they have to be the guys. ... They feel like they have to be the one carrying the team."
Rodriguez said that he wished members of the media could be in the dugout when players came back in after failing to drive in runners with scoring position.
On their 0-6 road trip entering Sunday, the Marlins were just 4-for-37 with RISP, and Rodriguez had continued to say that his players were "battling."
"They're shaking because they're upset, they're mad. 'Breathe in, breathe out.' And literally I've been like that," Rodriguez said. "There are some guys here, we have to tell them, 'Listen. Calm down. Calm down.' Their faces are all red and they're looking to breathe."
In the end, Rodriguez might have run out of ideas on how to get his players out of their funk.
"A lot of things like talking to them individually, talking to them as a group, yelling, screaming, throwing things around, meditation, but it's a young team," Rodriguez said. "People don't realize or don't want to realize that it's a young team, but it has an effect."
Marlins react to Rodriguez's departure
ST. PETERSBURG -- According to Logan Morrison, Edwin Rodriguez told his players during a meeting that if the team lost "so many games straight," he would resign.
That day came Sunday morning before the Marlins dropped their 10th in a row in a 2-1 defeat to the Rays at Tropicana Field.
"I don't think anyone here thinks Edwin's a quitter. I just think that he felt like he wasn't helping the team," Morrison said. "It's not like he's trying to quit on us or anything like that. I don't think anybody takes it like that. I think he just felt like he couldn't help us anymore."
Bench coach Brandon Hyde, who served as the manager for the series finale against the Rays, said that Rodriguez talked to the staff Sunday morning about his decision. The entire team found out about his resignation around two hours before first pitch.
"You've got a Major League Baseball game at 1:40 p.m., and I thought our guys handled it well," Hyde said. "Got a little quieter than usual and a little awkward sometimes, but we lost a 2-1 game against a good club that we had chances to win."
Eleven-year veteran Randy Choate said that the announcement came as a surprise to the team.
"I don't know if anybody really knows how to react to it. You just have to be professional. It's part of the game," Choate said. "It doesn't happen very often. I think people are a little shocked about the timing and when it happened and everything, but you can't let that get in the way."
Meanwhile, Sunday's starting pitcher, Chris Volstad, tied a season best with one earned run in seven innings.
"We're on a team that's never given up or felt down on ourselves," Volstad said. "We had the same attitude; we were out there playing hard and trying to win a game."
Rodriguez, who spent nine seasons in the Marlins' organization, coached Morrison, Gaby Sanchez and Chris Coghlan when they were in the Minors.
Morrison shared a special relationship with Rodriguez.
"He was my first manager in pro ball, first manager in the big leagues, so that's a pretty cool thing," said Morrison, who made his Major League debut July 27, 2010. "I'm glad I got to spend the time with him that I did. He's a great man and he'll be in a more comfortable, better situation somewhere else."
Hanley Ramirez, who earlier this week told reporters that he backed Rodriguez, wouldn't comment on Rodriguez's resignation following the game, but said he would reconsider before the Marlins play the Angels in Miami on Monday.
"It's definitely difficult when you care for a guy and you respect a guy and you've been with him in the Minor Leagues and got to play for him in the big league level," Sanchez said. "The type of person he is and how hard of a decision it was for him to make, we respect his decision and just go out and keep playing and continue playing, because that what's he would want us to do.
"He'd want us to go out there and continue to go out there and play hard, continue to fight and get out of this what we're in right now. It's just one of those things where we just have to move forward."
Marlins, Rays wives face off at The Trop
ST. PETERSBURG -- Before the Marlins and Rays took the field for Game 2 of the Citrus Series Saturday night at Tropicana Field, their wives competed in a softball game.
The Marlins' wives won, 6-1, in front of 8,632. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and pounded out 12 hits over the game's eight innings.
"It's a lot of fun, especially when the wives and stuff get to go out there and play on the same field we play on every single day," said Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who coached third base. "To have them be able to enjoy something and have fun with it, it was fun to watch them out there competing."
Brita Jensen, John Buck's sister-in-law, was a triple shy of the cycle, as she drove in a team-high three RBIs and finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Buck's wife, Brooke, collected two RBIs as the No. 3 hitter.
Judy Sanchez, the first baseman's wife, also picked up three hits, including one double and two runs scored from the second spot in the lineup.
"She held her own, which is really nice," Sanchez. "I'm very proud of her and how she played yesterday. It was really fun to watch."
Katelyn Davis, Rays pitcher Wade Davis' wife, was named "Most Valuable Woman" (MVW) for her highlight reel plays at shortstop. She went 1-for-2 at the plate.
"They did really good," Sanchez said. "I don't think people expected them to be that competitive and that good at playing positions, but they definitely impressed a lot of us."
Christina De Nicola is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.