By Matt Snyder
At 80 years old, Jack McKeon was thought to be a temporary manager for the Marlins and would be replaced before the 2012 season. But that may not be the case.
“We’ll see where we are at the end of the year," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told reporters Friday in Chicago (Fish Tank blog). "There could be a number of candidates but right now Jack is the manager and we’ll see where it goes at the end of the year. There is a chance, of course. I’m not ruling anything out. But it will have to be somebody with experience. I’m not gonna allow a repeat of what happened this year.
McKeon took over as Marlins manager in late June, while the franchise was enduring a historically bad month. The Marlins ended up going 5-23 in the month, but four those wins came after McKeon took over. They have now won six in a row and are 12-8 under McKeon's guidance. They're 10-3 in their last 13 games and are playing as well as anyone at present.
Loria wasn't shy in pointing out that McKeon is a far better manager than the now-departed Edwin Rodriguez. Reportedly, the owner basically blamed the June woes completely on Rodriguez and the now-fired hitting coach John Mallee, saying he noticed problems with the coaching all the way back in spring training.
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