MIAMI (AP) — Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon says he’ll retire at the end of the season at age 80, a decision that had been expected.
McKeon made the announcement Monday before the team’s final series of the year. He’s the second-oldest manager in major league history, and he joked he hopes to return in a few years to surpass Connie Mack, who managed the Philadelphia Athletics until age 87.
McKeon also retired following the 2005 season with Florida. He returned in June as interim manager after Edwin Rodriguez resigned, but after a brief spurt the injury-plagued Marlins sank to last place in the NL East.
The next manager will be the Marlins’ fourth since early 2010. McKeon wants to remain with the franchise as a consultant.
Source: Steven Wine, Associated Press