Edwin Rodriguez was usually the middle man, telling some of the players on his Triple-A New Orleans roster that they have received their long awaited, and most likely well earned, big league call-up. After the sudden and unexpected dismissal of Fredi Gonzalez during the middle of the summer, Edwin Rodriguez answered the phone, and became aware it was time for his big league debut, this time as the manager of the Florida Marlins.
Surprised at the opportunity that he had just been presented with, Rodriguez and his coaching staff took the stage. Rodriguez was joined by interim bench coach Brandon Hyde, interim hitting coach John Mallee, and interim first base/outfield coach Tarrik Brock. These were additions to a staff already including pitching coach Randy St. Claire and third base/infield coach Joe Espada. Rodriguez was unsure how long this dream job could last, considering all the rumors spreading about how the Marlins were pursuing Bobby Valentine. Valentine appeared to be the leading candidate for the job, and he clearly had the advantage because of his relationship with team owner Jeffery Loria. A week into the search, discussions settled down, and Edwin Rodriguez had the "interim" tag removed off of his job description. This was very exciting for Edwin, but he was even happier because he was informed of the news while playing a three game series against the New York Mets in his home town of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Under Edwin Rodriguez, the Fish looked good and bad, which has been typical of them the last couple of seasons. The season came to an end, which meant that the status of the 2011 Marlins coaching staff would once again have to be determined. The Fish finished 46-46 under the first ever Puerto Rican manager to manage in the major leagues. Rodriguez, when asked at the season's end if he felt like he did enough to earn the 2011 vacant managerial job, was very confident that the job he did with the pieces he was given would be enough to earn him the job once again. His hypothesis was correct.
Just hours after the world series, rumors made there way through the air, saying that the Marlins would retain the rookie skipper. After a three hour meeting in New York City with team owner Jeffery Loria, it had been determined that Edwin Rodriguez would enter the 2011 season as the manager of the Florida Marlins. He elected to bring back all members of his coaching staff, with the exception being the addition of former Pirates coach Perry Hill, as the first base/outfield coach. Rodriguez said he feels confident that this team will contend in 2011, as long as they stay healthy and are able to execute at the right times whether it be on the mound or at the plate. Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest stated that bringing back Edwin for another season didn't take much thinking considering his familiarity with the organization. Team owner Jeffery Loria didn't fail to add that after evaluating the short list of names, "Edwin's just kept coming up". The praise the hitters gave John Mallee towards the end of the season probably helped assure him a spot on the 2011 staff. The return of Perry Hill is without a doubt a smart move, considering the team needs to get better significantly on defense. The only change will apply to Joe Espada, who will go from working with infielders to working with outfielders. This will most likely not be a challenge.
Beinfest was informed that the 2011 payroll will increase a little bit, with most expecting it to be around fifty million. This new staff will do for now, but since the expectations for the 2012 "Miami Marlins" will be so high, it is hard to imagine this coaching staff sticking around after the end of the upcoming season.