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Marlins extend manager Edwin Rodriguez through 201111/03/2010 11:32 AM ET
MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins today announced they have extended the contract of Edwin Rodriguez through the 2011 season. In addition, the team finalized its 2011 coaching staff, welcoming back Perry Hill as first base/infield coach, and the return of five coaches from 2010: bench coach Brandon Hyde, pitching coach Randy St. Claire, hitting coach John Mallee, third base/outfield/base-running coach Joe Espada, and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius. Also, Jeffrey Urgelles will take on the Marlins bullpen coordinator role in a full-time capacity. The announcements were made by Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria and President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest.
Rodriguez, who in 2010 became the first Puerto Rican-born manager in Major League history, was named interim manager on June 23 after beginning the season as the manager at Triple-A New Orleans. He became the 10th manager in Club history and the team went 46-46 under Rodriguez to finish 2010 at 80-82. Rodriguez has spent the past eight seasons in the Marlins organization, with minor league managerial stints at Triple-A New Orleans (2009-10), Single-A Greensboro (2007-08) and the GCL Marlins (2005-06). He also spent the 2003-04 seasons, his first seasons in the Marlins organization, as hitting coach for Double-A Carolina. Prior to joining the Marlins, Rodriguez was in the Tampa Bay organization, where he managed the rookie-league Princeton Devil Rays for three seasons (2000-02) and the low-A Hudson Valley Renegades (1999). Rodriguez played parts of three seasons with the Yankees and Padres from 1982-1985.
Hill, who will be entering his 16th season as a Major League coach and his 26th as a professional coach, returns to the Marlins in the same capacity where he spent the 2002-06 seasons. In 2003, under Hill, the Marlins infield finished with a franchise-best .987 fielding percentage.
Hyde, who was named interim bench coach on June 23 after beginning 2010 as Marlins minor league infield coordinator, had spent six years managing in the Marlins minor league system. He led the 2009 Jacksonville Suns to the Southern League championship. He also spent two years as hitting coach for Single-A Greensboro.
Mallee, who was named interim hitting coach on June 23, has spent the last 10 seasons with the Marlins, all previously as minor league hitting coordinator. Prior to joining the Marlins he served as hitting coach in 2001 with Triple-A Ottawa in the Montreal organization.
St. Claire returns for his second season as Marlins pitching coach, after six-plus seasons as the pitching coach for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. In 2010, the Marlins pitching staff lowered their ERA from 4.29 in 2009 to 4.08, which included the starters' ERA dropping from 4.57 in 2009 to 4.14 in 2010. The 2010 bullpen finished with a 3.98 ERA, the fourth-lowest in team history.
Espada returns for his second season as the team's third base coach, taking on responsibilities as outfield and base-running instructor in 2011. He enters his sixth season with the Marlins, joining the organization in 2006 as hitting coach at Single-A Greensboro, before stints as hitting coach at Single-A Jupiter (2007) and minor league infield coordinator (2008-09).
Cornelius, entering his second season as the club's bullpen coach, begins his ninth season in the Marlins organization. He began his Marlins coaching career in 2003 as Double-A pitching coach and returned to that post for the 2008-09 seasons after five campaigns as the Jupiter pitching coach. He appeared in 45 games in the Majors, compiling an 8-17, 4.91 mark with Montreal (1995), New York-NL (1995) and Florida (1999-2000).
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