I'm not sure how many of you know about this already, but reports are coming in that Edwin Rodriguez has resigned as manager of the Marlins. Bench coach Brandon Hyde is the manager for the moment, and the team is supposedly searching for someone who can finish out the season as the team's manager.
This is coming only a few weeks after the team (supposedly the decision coming down from the top, i.e. Loria) fired hitting coach John Mallee in the middle of a seven game losing streak. Since firing Mallee, the team has gone 1-9, scoring 1 run or fewer in 5 out of 9 games in that span.
Remember that right after the team fired Mallee, there was some pretty outspoken criticism, most notably coming from OF Logan Morrison, who basically came to the defense of his hitting coach, talking about how he was the reason LoMo made it to the majors. (Incidentally, his Twitter page is hilarious if you feel so inclined as to check it out). However, recently Morrison was asked to "tone down" his tweets by Marlins management... figures.
Oh ya, and he inexplicably fired Fredi Gonzalez mid-season. Edwin Rodriguez took over, and now it seems that HE's finally had it with that mess. He straight up quit, and I don't blame him.
The Marlins started off the season very well, and showed alot of promise. But they just don't have a "winning" atmostphere, and Loria is pretty much the reason. They've gone from possible contender to NL East cellar dwellars in a matter of weeks.
Loria just seems to can anybody at his slightest whim. That's certainly not going to build confidence in your players/staff, especially when you have young guys like Stanton, Sanchez, and Morrison just getting their feet wet in the majors.
On top of this, we found out last year that the Marlins were actually making much more money than they led the public, and goverment official no less, to believe. Now they're building a $2.4 billion stadium at taxpayer's expense, for Marlins games that no one ever seems to attend.
If there's one thing I can't stand, it's someone who has no experience in the game (an ART dealer no less), and yet has extreme control issues and feels the need to turn his team upside down after a seven game losing streak. Baseball is a game of patience, and Loria clearly has none. This guy is terrible for the game, and though their struggles help the Braves, I do sympathize with the Marlins fans. Rant over.