Yeah, that Jack McKeon.
According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, it is owner Jeffrey Loria’s desire that the 80-year-old former skipper returns to Major League Baseball as interim manager of the Marlins.
Edwin Rodriguez announced his resignation on Sunday morning after leading the Marlins to a 32-39 start, and most recently a 1-17 rut. Bench coach Brandon Hyde served as manager in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Rays and is also being considered for the interim post.
If McKeon is offered the gig and accepts, he will become the second-oldest manager in baseball history. A native of South Amboy, New Jersey, he managed the Royals from 1973-1975, the A’s from 1977-1978, the Padres from 1988-1990 and the Reds from 1997-2000. He won a World Series with the Marlins in 2003 then retired after the ’05 season. There are indications that he would be willing to come back on a one-year pact.
The Marlins are likely to begin their search for a long-term option after the regular season. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal suggested Sunday morning that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will be a target.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We’ll leave that aside. For our purposes, know that someone in the world of baseball was pardoned: Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was pretty succinct. But it’s enough to scrub the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.