Marlins manager resigns

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, Last Updated: 2:29 PM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned on Sunday amid a stretch in June where the team has gone 1-17.

Rodriguez had been the manager of the club since the middle of 2010 when Fredi Gonzalez was fired. He went 46-46 over the last 92 games of the season and was in his first full season on the job in 2011.

The Marlins reached a high point of 30-20 on May 28 and were right on the heels of the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies before the wheels fell off. Since that time, the team is 2-19 and is currently mired in a nine-game losing streak.

The free fall has dropped the team into last place in the division with a record of 32-39 entering Sunday's finale against Tampa Bay, three games behind the New York Mets and Washington Nationals.

The 50-year-old became the first Puerto Rican-born manager in MLB history when he took over for Gonzalez, who is now the manager of the Atlanta Braves. Before his promotion to the majors, Rodriguez had been the manager for Florida's Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans.

"This morning I offered my resignation to Larry Beinfest and the Marlins, and they accepted. I am grateful for the opportunity the Marlins gave me to manage at this level," said Rodriguez in a statement released by the Marlins.

"It was a very hard decision for me to make, with the positive way the organization is moving; a new ballpark next season and the young core of players that this team has. I can't say enough about the effort that this staff and these players have put into this season. I could tell that they continued to give 100 percent effort each and every day on the field. I wish this organization, staff and players nothing but success in their futures."

Bench coach Brandon Hyde will manage the club against the Rays on Sunday.

However, he was not named the interim manager as club president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said that the search for an interim coach would begin immediately.


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