Marlins' manager to retire at end of season
By SPORTS NETWORK
MIAMI, FLA. - Interim Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon officially announced that he will not return as skipper next season.
At age 80, McKeon became the second-oldest manager ever in Major League Baseball history when he was tabbed to take over for Edwin Rodriguez, who abruptly resigned on June 19. Only Connie Mack was older at 87 when he skippered the team he owned -- the Philadelphia Athletics -- in his last season of 1950.
He took over a team that had lost 10 straight games under Rodriguez, and fell into the NL East basement, ultimately leading the club to a 39-49 mark following Monday's series-opening loss against the Washington Nationals.
Florida, which will debut a new stadium and a new moniker in 2012, sits in last place with a 71-89 mark.
Rumored to be taking over the Marlins next season is Ozzie Guillen, who was released from his contract with the Chicago White Sox on Monday night after eight years managing the team.
The Marlins had winning records in each of McKeon's first three seasons at the helm.
After taking over during the 2003 campaign, he led the team to a 75-49 record, a wild card berth and the World Series title with a win over the Yankees. He was named the NL Manager of the Year that season, marking his second such honor as he also won the award in 1999 with Cincinnati.
The Marlins were 83-79 in each of McKeon's subsequent two years. He called it quits following the 2005 campaign with mark of 241-207 as Florida skipper.
McKeon also managed the Kansas City Royals (1973-75), Oakland (1977-78), San Diego (1988-90) and Cincinnati (1997-2000).