According to the Marlins’ official Twitter feed, manager Edwin Rodriguez announced his resignation before Sunday’s game. Bench coach Brandon Hyde is taking over the post on an interim basis, but 80-year-old Jack McKeon is also in consideration to finish out the season as skipper.
Rodriguez had been on the hot seat since the Marlins let go of hitting coach John Mallee in early June, and he decided to end the suffering himself after Saturday night’s 7-4 defeat in Tampa Bay. It was Florida’s 17th loss in the last 18 games.
The Fish courted ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine this past offseason and also showed heavy interest in current Nationals third base coach Bo Porter. They might look to make a long-term hire before the year is through. Or, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports suggests, the Marlins could wait until the offseason to make a run at White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
Rodriguez led the Marlins to a 46-46 finish in 2010 and managed the club to a 32-39 record this year. It’s not yet known if the 50-year-old native of Ponce, Puerto Rico will attempt to continue coaching.
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East
Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams. The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.
Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.