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.
ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.
A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.
Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.
Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.
The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.
The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.
The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.