Tag:Edwin Rodriguez
Posted on: June 28, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: June 28, 2010 10:53 am

Trip highlights Puerto Rican baseball's struggles

Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran won't play in this week's Mets-Marlins series in Puerto Rico, making Marlins interim manager Edwin Rodriguez the biggest Puerto Rican star in the series.

In anticipation of Major League Baseball's return to Puerto Rico, the New York Times looks at the sport's fading star on the island .

The land of Clemente has fewer stars in baseball than even a decade ago, and the Times points the finger at the inclusion of Puerto Ricans into the draft, starting in 1989.

While stopping the bidding war for the best young players on the island succeeded, it had the unintended effect of killing the sport on the island, as Puerto Ricans had to compete against American players and their access to better coaches, competition and facilities. It's also encouraged major-league teams to look more at the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and elsewhere for unsigned talent that can be developed starting at 16.

In 2009, just 3.5 percent of position players in Major League Baseball were from Puerto Rico, a 24-year low.

"There’s talent, don’t get me wrong, but when you don’t have scouts, how can you evaluate players?” the Mets’ Alex Cora, told the Times . "If we keep going like this, it’s going to keep going backward.”

What's not mentioned in the Times article is an increase in the popularity of basketball, starting in the 1980s. The island boasts not only an 11-team professional league, but also supports a women's basketball league. That coincides with the drop of popularity in baseball and an increase in the popularity of basketball among African-Americans in the United States.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 6:03 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 1:16 am

Report: Valentine out of Marlins job

Bobby Valentine Bobby Valentine will not be the Marlins' next manager, Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman reports via Twitter .

Since Fredi Gonzalez was fired last week, it has been assumed Valentine was the guy. Valentine had flown to South Florida on Friday to interview and by all accounts, was going to join the Marlins when they returned from their upcoming three-game road trip to Puerto Rico. Earlier this week Valentine pulled out of the running for the Orioles' manager position.

Interim manager Edwin Rodriguez and Diamondbacks third-base coach Bo Porter have also reportedly interviewed for the job.

UPDATE: Palm Beach Post Marlins writer Joe Capozzi texted Valentine asking him if he's still in the running for the Marlins job, and Valentine responded: "I have no idea."

UPDATE: MLB.com's Joe Frisaro texted Valentine and asked if he was out of the running for the Marlins job, Valentine responded, "News to me."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: June 25, 2010 12:23 pm

Valentine's hire comes with PR blunder

Bobby Valentine Bobby Valetine's hiring as the new manager of the Marlins is a done deal, according to SI.com. That much is not a surprise, as it's been obvious for the past couple of days that it was coming.

The key detail, however, is that Valentine will start no later than Monday. That's the day the Marlins open a three-game set against the Mets, Valentine's old team. Compelling, right?

Except that the series is a special showcase taking place in Puerto Rico. And the Marlins' interim manager, Edwin Rodriguez, is a Puerto Rican native and resident who is a major figure in the baseball community there. He's the first native of Puerto Rico to manage in the major leagues.

Nobody realistically thought Rodriguez was going to get the Marlins' job on a permanent basis, but couldn't the team put off Valentine's arrival to let Rodriguez, who has spent eight years in the Florida organization, have his moment?

Appearing to brush aside Rodriguez would create an awkward situation in Puerto Rico. Almost as awkward as Valentine looks in this photo, holding a strange-looking box lunch in a promotional event in Japan for the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has never exactly been adept when it comes to public relations, but surely someone in his circle can show him that putting Valentine in place three days later would buy a lot of goodwill without damaging his club.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post says via Twitter that Valentine told him it's "absolutely not true" that he's starting Monday. It's not clear whether that means there's a hitch in the deal, Valentine is denying a deal because the Marlins still are interviewing others as a formality, or someone thought better of the timing.

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 7:30 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 8:32 pm

Two more to interview for Marlins gig

Despite several reports claiming Bobby Valentine will be the Marlins' next manager, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the team will also interview interim manager Edwin Rodriguez and Diamondbacks' third-base coach Bo Porter.

Rodriguez, who was born in Puerto Rico, and Porter, who is African-American, would satisfy Bud Selig's guidelines for minority hiring.

The Marlins play the Mets in Puerto Rico next week, and Rosenthal says many in the Marlins' organization wish for Rodriguez to manage the team through that series, which runs Monday through Wednesday.

UPDATE: Valentine will fly to South Florida this weekend to meet with owner Jeffrey Loria, the Miami Herald reports .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:04 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:24 pm

Valentine tells O's no thanks, prefers Miami

Current ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine tells ESPN (shocker) that he's withdrawn his name from consideration for the managing position in Baltimore, but would like a shot at taking the helm of the Marlins.

"I am honored and flattered that the Orioles reached out with this potential opportunity, but at this time in my career, I feel I should direct my energies in another direction," Valentine said.

Apparently that direction is south -- or somewhere with better pitching. According to the article, Valentine and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria have been friends for 20 years and they have talked about Valentine's interest in managing the club.

Edwin Rodriguez, the Marlins' Triple-A manager, is the team's interim manager.

Another ESPN employee, Buck Showalter, also shouts down the hall that he wants out of Connecticut and that he's interviewing for the Orioles gig today. Eric Wedge has also interviewed.

UPDATE: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal Tweets the Marlins are "moving fast" to interview Velentine and there are other external candidates.

UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly reports Showalter met with Orioles owner Peter Angelos and president Andy McPhail for about three hours on Wednesday.

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Connolly's back, reporting former Oriole and current broadcaster Rick Dempsey is expected to get an interview and Wedge will have a second interview to meet with Angelos, but neither has been scheduled.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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