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Edwin Rodriguez Resigns, Continuing Florida Marlins Managerial Instability

Last year it was manager Fredi Gonzalez, then it was hitting coach John Mallee and now it's Edwin Rodriguez. If the Marlins aren't happy with a coach or manager, they aren't afraid to cut you loose.

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The move came as a pretty big surprise to those associated with the Florida organization, though the club is currently mired in an awful slump. With ace Josh Johnson and slugger Hanley Ramirez on the disabled list, the club has lost their past nine games and sit 13.5 games behind the division-leading Phillies.

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Larry Beinfest, the club's president of baseball operations, had this to say on Rodriguez's resignation:

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"It's been extremely frustrating for everyone. I think everyone here knows what is going on -- the way we've played, the way we've performed. It's tough on everyone, especially (Rodriguez).

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The Marlins are a franchise known to make questionable decisions at times, and this is yet another one of those questionable moves. Josh Johnson might be the best pitcher in baseball and Hanley Ramirez is one of the top-10 players in the game when healthy; why should a manager lose his job because of unfortunate injuries?

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.