Edwin on resignation: It was best for Marlins
Skipper says players might respond to different voice at helm
Former Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez offered insight into his resignation on the SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio show on Monday morning, telling host Jason Horowitz that he believed he made the decision that was best for the organization.
"A lot of things factor in the decision but I think the one that really has a lot of weight is that I thought it was the best for the team," Rodriguez said on the air. "I mean, listening to somebody else's voice, I think it will have a reaction [from] the guys. We'd all say, 'Yes, there's a lot of elements, a lot of factors that I base my decision [on],' but that's the main one."
The Marlins are expected to name Jack McKeon as interim manager at a 3 p.m. ET news conference on Monday. McKeon, 80, led Florida to its second World Series title in franchise history after being hired to replace Jeff Torborg during the 2003 season.
"He's one of the more wise guys in baseball and I think he has a lot to offer to that team," Rodriguez said of McKeon. "Is it going to work? I don't know, we have to wait and see. But definitely, he's definitely going to be a change of philosophy, a change of how to approach the game. And it might work. Who knows? Nobody has the right answer at this moment."
Rodriguez turned in his resignation on Sunday, the day after the Marlins lost for the 17th time in 18 games. He took over for Fredi Gonzalez on June 23 of last season.
In the two seasons combined, he led the Fish to a 78-85 record. They finished third in the National League East last season and are currently last in the division.
"The physical talent is there but asking those young players to be the guys, to step up for [injured pitcher Josh Johnson], to step up for [injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez] with their years in the big leagues, I think that they felt the pressure and then we start losing and it was a snowball," Rodriguez told Horowitz. "I think it was that we were missing that veteran voice, veteran influence in the clubhouse that would take charge of that because as a coach and as a manager there's so much you can say or do."