Jack McKeon’s return to managing at age 80 didn’t go quite as well as hoped, and he announced Monday that he’ll retire after Wednesday’s Marlins season finale.
McKeon is 39-48 since taking over the job in June, giving him a very similar record to the man he replaced. The Marlins were 32-39 under Edwin Rodriguez and 0-1 in Brandon Hyde’s one game as interim manager.
No one was really expecting McKeon to remain the Marlins’ manager when they opened their new stadium in 2012, but the ride in his three-plus months at the helm has been bumpier than the team would have liked. Not always pleased with his team’s effort, he was most vocal last month, saying, among other things, that “some of these guys had better wake up.”
It’s safe to assume that McKeon, who hadn’t managed since 2005 before joining the Marlins this year, is done for good this time. With three games left to go, his record stands at 1,050-988. He managed the Marlins to a World Series victory as a 72-year-old in 2003 and also won 96 games with the Reds back in 1999.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.