Marlins Fire Fredi Gonzalez; Rodriguez To Manage

The Marlins fired manager Fredi Gonzalez and two coaches, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. Edwin Rodriguez, who had been managing the organization's Triple A affiliate, will replace Gonzalez as interim manager, according to ESPN.com. The 34-36 Marlins also replaced coaches Carlos Tosca and Jim Presley with Brandon Hyde and John Mallee.

Gonzalez has a 276-279 record in three-plus seasons managing the perennially low-payroll Marlins. Earlier in the season he and superstar Hanley Ramirez attracted national attention after Gonzalez benched Ramirez for lack of hustle.

Rodriguez, who turns 50 this summer, has led the New Orleans Zephyrs to a 33-37 record so far this year. It's his second season managing the Zephyrs and his eighth in the Marlins organization. Rodriguez played in parts of three seasons for the Yankees and Padres from 1982-85.

Like the manager he replaced, Joe Girardi, Gonzalez is well-respected and other teams will presumably be interested in his services. Jon Heyman of SI.com has often suggested that Gonzalez, a longtime Braves coach, could replace Bobby Cox in Atlanta in 2011. David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes (via Twitter) that Gonzalez "immediately moves to top of the list of potential Cox replacements."


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