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Jack McKeon Named Florida Marlins Interim Manager

Jack McKeon
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What’s old is new again for the Florida Marlins.

Jack McKeon, 80, was named the team’s interim manager Monday. McKeon came out of retirement to lead the Marlins to a World Series title in 2003 after he took over the squad in May of that season. McKeon was rewarded for his efforts by winning National League Manager of the Year honors. He stayed on as skipper until he retired at the age of 74, in 2005.

McKeon will become the second-oldest manager in Major League Baseball history. Hall of Famer Connie Mack was 87 when his run with the Philadelphia Athletics came to an end in 1950.

McKeon has his work cut out  for him. In taking over for Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned Sunday, he inherits a team that has lost 10 in a row and 18 of 19 games in June. The fish are in last place in the National League East, eight games under .500.

The Marlins have been hit hard by injuries to pitcher Josh Johnson and the struggles of shortstop Hanley Ramirez, whose batting average is hovering around .200.

Since leaving the dugout in 2005, McKeon has remained with the Marlins, serving as a special assistant to owner Jeffrey Loria.

[Miami Herald]

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