Florida Marlins fire manger Fredi Gonzalez


CBS NEWS – The Florida Marlins knocked off the hapless Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to save manager Fredi Gonzalez’s job. Gonzalez was fired by the Marlins Wednesday morning and the teamed named Edwin Rodriguez interim manager.

“We can believe we can do better and be better,” owner Jeffrey Loria said in a written statement. “Everybody knows how I feel about winning. That’s the reason we’re making this change.”

Gonzalez was three games below .500 for his career and his teams never won a division crown. Gonzalez’s team was 34-36 in the first 70 games of 2010 and was 7.5 games back of the division leading Atlanta Braves.

The Marlins struggles this year can be squarely pinned on a bullpen that continues to give up losses after strong pitching performances from the Marlins starters.

Gonzalez played in the farm system of the New York Yankees. He had a career average of .192 with 20 home runs and 118 RBI in 344 games.

Source: CBS 4


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