Tag:Edwin Rodriguez
Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:01 am

Pena a 'serious candidate' for Marlins manager

Former Royals manager and current Yankees bench coach Tony Pena is a "serious candidate" for the Marlins' job, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro writes .

Pena was the 2003 American League Manager of the Year when he guided Kansas City to its lone winning season of the decade. In parts of four seasons with the Royals, Pena had a 198-285 record.

Frisaro says the Marlins are looking for a manager with big league experience, which Pena would be able to put on his resume, as would Bobby Valentine and current manager Edwin Rodriguez.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 6:36 pm

Marlins' Sanchez drops appeal

Gaby Sanchez Nyjer Morgan is playing for the Nationals this tonight against the Marlins, awaiting word on his appeal, but Florida's Gaby Sanchez has decided to forgo his appeal and serve his three games starting today.

Sanchez received a three-game suspension for his part in the Marlins-Nationals brawl. The Marlins first baseman reached the mound at nearly the same time as Morgan in the brawl, clotheslining the Nationals outfielder.

According to the Sun Sentinel , Sanchez told manager Edwin Rodriguez about his plan to drop the appeal during early batting practice on Friday. He decided the team needed him more against the Phillies than against the lowly Nationals.

"I just want to get it over with and not worry about when it's going to be," Sanchez said. "If I wait, then who is [the suspension] going to be against? Is it going to be against the Braves, who are ahead of us, or the Phillies, who are ahead of us? Just want to get it out of the way and not have to think about when a hearing is going to be, when this is going to be, what kind of suspension am I going to get?"

Wes Helms is starting at first against left-hander John Lannan on Friday.

UPDATE: Nationals pitcher Doug Slaten is also dropping his appeal, MASNSports.com reports . Slaten will miss all three games of the series with the Marlins.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 12:50 pm

Marlins say they're done with Morgan

As far as the Marlins are concerned, their war with the Washington Nationals is finished.

The two teams will meet once more this season, Sept. 10-12 at Nationals Park -- and it's highly unlikely Nyjer Morgan will be around for that meeting.

Said Marlins third baseman Wes Helms to MLB.com : "I know it's over for me. I hope it is for these other guys."

It seems nobody is too upset about the first time Morgan was hit in Wednesday's game -- not even Morgan himself.

What seems to be in debate is whether Morgan's two stolen bases after being hit in the fourth inning crossed the line. Most of the former players serving as commentators on MLB Network and ESPN all seemed to agree Morgan's two stolen bases escalated the disagreement.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman told reporters (via NatsInsider.com ) that he didn't see much of a problem.

"The Florida Marlins will not decide when we run. We will decide when we run," Riggleman said. "He felt that's the way I'm going to get my payback. Sometimes some guys get it in the form of going in hard at somebody at second base on a double play. I've seen that many times. But Nyjer took his revenge in the form of a stolen base. And I don't have any problem with it."

It seems that if you put a guy on base for free, you shouldn't complain about what he does when he gets there. The Marlins, apparently did.

Oddly enough, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez wouldn't admit to the fact Chris Volstad was throwing at Morgan in the sixth inning, even though it was obvious to everyone -- and even justified by some.

"Everything was resolved. We were trying to pitch inside," Rodriguez said. "We were still trying to pitch inside the third time he was up. He was playing his game, we were playing our games, let's put it that way."

Yeah, like trying to hit him.

Morgan then went after Volstad and there were actual punches thrown and one player (Volsted) left with blood on his jersey -- much different than most baseball brawl hug-fests.

Nyjer Morgan Morgan's had one heck of a bad week or so. Quick roundup: he was suspended for throwing a ball in the stands (even though he was defended by a Philadelphia fan ), moved down in the lineup from leadoff to eighth, ran over Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson, called out by his manager for the action, benched the next day, called out his manager for not having his back, ran over a Marlins catcher in a play that would have won the game had he slid instead of trying to bowl over the catcher, a YouTube video of him cussing out a Marlins fan showed up Wednesday, and then, you know, the whole fracas.

He also didn't help himself for the way he left the field -- taunting the fans like a hockey goon as he left the field. That's understood in hockey (Morgan played juniors hockey), but looked down upon in baseball.

What's interesting is that Morgan was brought to D.C. in a trade with alleged "bad apple" Lastings Milledge.

"People are going to have their own opinions," Morgan said after Wednesday's game (again, from NatsInsider.com ). "I know what kind of player I am. I'm going out there balls out. I'm not going to go out there and take anything for granted. I'm going to show that I'm a hard-nosed ballplayer, and that's the way it is."

Morgan's teammates had his back on the field; in the clubhouse, it was a little more subdued.

"He's definitely done some things over the past couple of weeks that are a little questionable, I think," Washington's Ryan Zimmerman said. "We've all talked. Me and [Ivan Rodriguez] have talked to him. … He obviously has to learn a little more about the game. But you can't take away from how hard he plays. That's what he does every day. It's not like he's changed over the last week or two. That's the attitude, the way he's played ever since he's been here. That's who he is."

He'll also be suspended for a good while in the next day or so. You'd think his recent actions won't play well in his appeal, either.

One thing's for sure, people now know Morgan for more than just his awesome stirrups. Although, stylish hosiery may be a better claim to fame than hot-head problem child.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:30 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:48 am

Davidson's blown call costs Marlins a W

Bob Davidson After the Marlins' bullpen blew a lead, third-base umpire Bob Davidson blew the game against the Phillies.

With a runner on second and one out, Sanchez hit a hard grounder down the third-base line. The ball bounced twice -- in fair territory -- before going over the bag and as it passed Davidson near the end of the infield dirt, Davidson threw his hands into the air and called a foul ball.

Just as he started to raise his hands, the ball bounced again -- six inches or so inside the line. Davidson was looking straight ahead and not at the ball as it bounced in fair territory. Rules state it doesn't matter where it lands, only where it crosses the bag, but it's kind of hard to believe the ball bounced twice in fair territory, went foul and curved back fair.

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez came out to argue the call, but didn't get tossed.

Ryan Madson struck out Sanchez on the next pitch and after an intentional walk to Dan Uggla, Cody Ross struck out to send the game to extra innings.

Carlos Ruiz homered in the top of the 10th to give the Phillies a lead.

UPDATE: It's final, 5-4. The Phillies sweep the series, with a little help from Balking Bob.

UPDATE: From Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post : "#Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria on the blown call -- The ball never landed in foul territory. Dreadful"

And if anyone knows "dreadful" it would be the most dreadful owner in MLB.

UPDATE: Remember how Jim Joyce turned his negative into a positive by accepting responsibility and reminding us umpires are human, too? Well, Bob Davidson has the exact opposite and reminds us of the arrogance of some umpires -- from Capooz via Twitter : "Umpire Bob Davidson -- Im very confident i got it right... i understand that's the winning run but in my opinion it was foul"

UPDATE: So, Davidson's arrogance knows no bounds. He watched the replay and is unrepentant. Here's the transcript of Davidson's meeting with a pool reporter, courtesy of Capozzi :

“I was right on top of it and it was wide of the bag, that’s all. I had it foul.”

He said he watched replays and stands by his call.

“In my opinion, where it goes over the bag, you can’t tell,” he said. “After a bounce, it came an inch or two on the fair side, but … it was very close. But I’m right there. i know what I saw.

“I’m very confident I got it right. What the ball did when it went past me is irrelevant.”

“As I’m looking at the base, it was just to the right of it.”

“I understand that’s the winning run, but in my opinion it was foul and there’s no replay that you can really see what the ball does over the bag — and that’’s what’s important. But I know what I saw.”

Rodriguez brings up replay again, telling reporters: "I think that if a play is going to decide who wins or loses the game, i think they should check the play, any play."

The problem with that is who is to say what happens after the ball goes fair -- does the runner automatically get two bases? Is it treated like a ghost runner? Sure, in that situation, the runner would have scored easily, but what if the runner's on first? Does he score or just get rewarded two bases and put at third, as he would on a ground-rule double, even if he'd likely score on the play. There are so many what-ifs that brings in more judgement calls and chances for errors.

There's room for reasonable debate, but there's little room for debate that Davidson once again comes off as a pompous ass.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 12:56 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2010 6:49 pm

Marlins could keep Rodriguez at the helm

Edwin Rodriguez Saturday, the Royals committed to Ned Yost's and Florida's Edwin Rodriguez could be next.

The Marlins' manager has led the team to a 19-15 record since taking over for the fired Fredi Gonzalez and has Florida back in the playoff hunt.

The Miami Herald 's Barry Jackson writes Rodriguez is now a "strong candidate to remain manager beyond 2010, especially if the team closes strongly." The team nearly hired Bobby Valentine last month, but Rodriguez played the good soldier, kept his mouth shut and kept the team on track as the very public non-hiring  went on, which certainly didn't hurt his standing in the organization.

Florida made a couple of moves at the deadline, but nothing crippling, so the team could keep up its pace and finish around .500, which may be good enough to keep him. The Marlins are 53-51, 6 1/2 out of first in the National League East and the wild card.

Yost was given a two-year deal on Saturday. Yost is 34-37 since taking over for Trey Hillman.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:35 am

Marlins have Simmons on managerial list

Ted Simmons The Marlins are now 11-11 with Edwin Rodriguez as skipper, and the Puerto Rico native will get a chance to manage the team for the rest of the season.

Florida's doing its due diligence, however, when it comes to selecting the next full-time manager. While Rodriguez will get every shot at the full-time gig, the Marlins have their eye on Ted Simmons , currently bench coach of the Padres, reports Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse.

Simmons had a 21-season career in the majors as a catcher, spending 13 with the Cardinals and making the All-Star team twice.. His best season came in 1977 when he hit .318/.408/.500 and cranked 21 home runs along with notching 95 RBI for the Cards. Making his debut as a 19-year-old in 1968, Simmons has been around the game for decades. It only took four years after his retirement following the 1988 season to make it big as a general manager.

Simmons served as GM of the Pirates for two years before stepping down after a heart attack. He spent the next several years in various roles, most notably as a director of the farm system for the Padres from 1999-2001. He returned to the field as bench coach for the Brewers in 2008 before joining Bud Black in San Diego in 2009.

"[Simmons will] come to managing with a great perspective because of where he's been his entire baseball career -- player, farm director, GM, scout," said Black. "He will truly have insights on what ideally makes an organization go. He blends a strong passion for the game with some absolutes that he truly believes in, but there is also a side in him that's innovative and creative."

Now 60, Simmons figures it's time to get on with his goal of being a manager. He has only interviewed once to be a manager, that being in 1998 when he was in the running to be Tampa Bay's first manager -- a gig that eventually went to Larry Rothschild.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 1:11 pm

Valentine calls Marlins process 'insulting'

Bobby Valentine Bobby Valentine, spurned in his quest to manage the Marlins, didn't mince words when he talked about the situation on ESPN's Baseball Tonight.

"If this is a major-league process, I hope I'm never in the process again," Valentine, a regular analyst for the network, said Tuesday. "It's very disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times, but it's over."

After the Marlins fired Fredi Gonzalez, it was assumed by many that Valentine, an old friend of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and a successful former manager, would step into the job. But after a week of keeping everyone, including apparently the candidates, in the dark about their intentions, the team announced that interim manager Edwin Rodriguez would remain manager at least through the end of the season.

Former Mets GM  and current radio host Dan Duquette told the Palm Beach Post the whole situation was bad for the Marlins' image.

"They didn't do their homework," Duquette said. "They didn't do their due diligence on Bobby V. It looks like you got caught with your pants down a little bit."

Marlins president David Samson said in a radio interview that Valentine was never a lock for the job.

"It just seemed that way to the media," Samson said.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 8:43 pm

Rodriguez to skipper Marlins rest of season

Edwin Rodrigez The Marlins will have to wait a little longer to find their manager of the future.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria announced that interim manager Edwin Rodriguez will remain in his role through the rest of the season, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald . Rodriguez is the first Puerto Rican-born manager in the major leagues and notched his first win on June 23, replacing the fired Fredi Gonzalez.

Rodriguez was promoted from Triple-A where he had served as manager of New Orleans since the beginning of the 2009 season. The Marlins anticipated moving quickly in their search for a manager, with ex-Mets manager Bobby Valentine considered a foregone conclusion to skipper the club. Negotiations between Bobby V and the Fish quickly fell apart, however, and the Marlins are scaling back their search.

Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach Bo Porter has been linked to the Marlins lately, and Porter is thought to be a rising star as a potential manager. The Marlins have already interviewed Porter.

Rodriguez, 49, has three years of major-league experience, breaking in with the Yankees in 1982 as a 21-year-old and amassing nine at-bats. He would get 12 the next year for the Padres and round out his career with one appearance in 1985.

-- Evan Brunell

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