Jack McKeon Making a Comeback as Marlins Skipper

Trader Jack is back.

Jack McKeon, manager of the 2003 Florida Marlins World Series-winning club, is taking back his old post at the age of 80.

Edwin Rodríguez called it quits on the Fish, who have lost 11 straight amid a 1-19 record in June and a 32-41 record on the season -- placing them squarely in the basement of the NL East.

McKeon now becomes the second-oldest manager in big-league history, behind only Connie Mack, who was manager of the A's until he retired in 1950 at age 87.

"Sometimes it gets blown out of proportion," McKeon told the Associated Press. "Maybe I'm not hip with the Twitter or Facebook or stuff like that, but outside of that, I don't have any problem disciplining my kids -- or these players."

McKeon said he's been spending his days smoking cigars and watching games on TV, so he hopped on a flight to Florida as soon as he got the call.

He says he's motivated by Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who's going into his 46th season at age 84.

"I've managed since I was 14 years old," McKeon said. "I'll probably manage until I'm 95."

The Marlins took a 2-1 loss last night against the Los Angeles Angels, but McKeon has quite a few games to work with for the rest of the year.

Outfielder Mike Stanton was held out of a third straight game last night with an eye infection, and pitcher Josh Johnson -- the only remaining Marlin who previously played under McKeon -- is on the 60-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

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