Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Marlins Managers : Edwin Rodriguez and Jack McKeon

The Marlins began 2011 with Edwin Rodriguez ath the helm. Edwin played in 11 major league games between 1982 and 1985. That is 11 more games than career minor league catcher Jack McKeon. The 80 year old McKeon took over when Rodriguez resigned on June 19th. Neither manager had a card issued in 2011 so I am starting a new trend: The Topps Heritage Interim Manager Card. 

In 1985 "Ed" Rodriguez was a middle infielder for the Las Vegas Stars where his teammate on the Padres Farm team was catcher Mark Parent. While on the Padres in 1989 Parent was managed by Jack Mckeon. For those of you keeping score at home that's a two-for-one degree of seperation. 

In 1992 Parent was the battery mate of pitcher and future ESPN sportscaster Rick Sutcliffe.

In1984 Sutcliffe won the NL Cy Young award and helped the Cubs to their first post-season since 1945 along with veteran shortstop Larry Bowa.

A young Larry Bowa made his major league debut on the 1970 Phillies. His teammate Tony Taylor had career highs in RBIs and Batting average. 

In 1958 Taylor defended the middle infield with Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks during his first MVP season.

In 1965 Banks and Santo defended the corners for the Cubbies.

From Rodriguez and McKeon to Santo in 6 degrees.

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