Marlins hire 80-year-old McKeon as manager

MIAMI Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:38pm EDT

1 of 4. Florida Marlins new interim manager Jack McKeon speaks at a news conference in Miami June 20, 2011.

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MIAMI (Reuters) - The Florida Marlins named 80-year-old Jack McKeon as interim manager on Monday in the hope that the former Manager of the Year can help spark a revival for the last placed club.

McKeon, the former Marlins manager who led the team to a World Series title in 2003, takes over after Edwin Rodriguez unexpectedly resigned on Sunday with his team in the middle of a 1-18 June record.

He immediately faced questions from the media about his age after he became the second-oldest manager in Major League history. Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics until 1950 when he was 87 years old.

"You guys got to remember, you all sat in this room and said in 2003 that I was too old, now I'm still too old," McKeon said during a news conference. "Age is just a number."

After a mid-season managerial change in 2003, McKeon guided the team to a National League wild card berth and then went on to defeat a heavily-favored New York Yankees team in six games for the franchise's second championship.

The twice National League Manager of the Year remained with the organization as a special assistant to the team's owner since his last stint in the Marlins dugout in 2005.

McKeon, who has a 1011-940 record in 15 seasons as a major league manager, takes over a Marlins team who are the bottom of National League East.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by John Mehaffey)

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