Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez resigns

Manager Edwin Rodriguez of the Florida Marlins watches from the dugout during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 31, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez has resigned with his team on a nine-game losing streak.

Bench coach Brandon Hyde will manage the Marlins against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, but the club will begin a search for an interim manager.

Rodriguez was in his first full season as the Marlins' manager. He became interim manager June 23 of last year after Fredi Gonzalez was fired.

He was given the job permanently five days later, becoming the first Puerto Rican-born manager in major league history.'s Matt Snyder writes that Rodriguez's departure isn't much of a shock since the team plummeted in the standings, though the change in fortune since just last month is shocking. On May 26 the Marlins were one game out of first place, and Rodriguez would have been a candidate for NL manager of the year.

Since May 28, Snyder writes, "things have come completely unraveled."

In June their record has been 1-17 with Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Rays.'s Danny Knobler writes that the Marlins will seriously consider Jack ("Trader Jack") McKeon as interim manager. McKeon, 80, led the Marlins to the 2003 World Series championship after taking over in May of that year for Jeff Torborg.