Edwin Rodriguez seems to be getting a genuine opportunity to manage the Florida Marlins.
A few days ago, Rodriguez appeared to be a prop for the Marlins as they went through some fairness-in-hiring motions and made Bobby Valentine their manager anyway. Now, E-Rod is the real deal.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria announced Tuesday that Rodriguez would remain the Fish's skipper for the rest of the season. Rodriguez welcomed that news, along with a rollicking 7-6 victory against the New York Mets.
"I'm looking forward to sharing it with my family," Rodriguez said with a smile. "It was great to hear it, and tonight was such an exciting win."
It was up in the air if Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico and a "baseball lifer"-type in the minor leagues, would even get a chance to manage the Marlins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Reports, though unconfirmed — even denied and contradicted — made it seem like a matter of time until Valentine took over.
But Bobby won't be the Marlins' Valentine, after all. What Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported last week (and we repeated) is not coming to fruition. In fact, he was getting bad information as recently as Monday.
Nobody yet knows why Valentine fell through, though working for the Marlins has proven difficult through the years. They've had 10 managers since 1993 (11, if you count Cookie Rojas' 1-0 mark in 1996). What must Fredi Gonzalez, the manager until last week, be thinking?
Time and results will tell if Rodriguez turns out to be the right skipper for the Marlins.
If they give him time, that is.
- Edwin Rodriguez
- Bobby Valentine