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McKeon to return for 2005 season

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

 

PHILADELPHIA -- In November, Jack McKeon turns 74.

The savvy, sociable, cigar-smoking Marlins skipper has no intentions of retiring.

 

On Saturday, the Marlins announced McKeon will return as manager for the 2005 season.

 

Still energized, McKeon has more goals to accomplish before he's ready to head back to his Elon, N.C., home and settle down. Items high on his list of objectives include managing past age 75 and reaching 1,000 career victories.

 

Heading into Saturday's game with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, McKeon has a Major League career mark of 927-860.

 

Should he manage two more seasons, he would pass legendary Casey Stengel as the second-oldest manager in Major League history. The only managers to grace the dugouts longer than McKeon are Hall of Famers Connie Mack (88) and Stengel (75).

 

McKeon is the first Marlins manager to guide the team to back-to-back winning seasons. A year ago, he oversaw one of the greatest rags-to-riches stories in baseball history. Inheriting a team that was six games under .500 on May 11, McKeon directed an improbable turnaround as the Marlins captured the Wild Card and eventually upset the Yankees in the World Series.

 

After taking control of the club from Jeff Torborg, McKeon posted a 75-49 record. The remarkable run earned McKeon his second National League Manager of the Year honor. While with the Reds in 1999, he also took home the award.

 

This year the Marlins fell short of expectations, finishing third in the National League East. Heading into Saturday night's game, Florida is 82-78.

 

The Marlins felt they had a team that again could contend for the postseason, and they almost did. As of Sept. 14, the defending champs were two games out in the Wild Card standings. But they began to fade in the standings, in part because of a hectic, revised schedule created by several major hurricanes that hit the state of Florida.

 

Due to postponements, the Marlins were forced to finish with 30 games in 27 days, including a stretch of three doubleheaders in 11 days. By late September, the pitching was depleted and the regulars were worn down.

 

As a consolation, the Marlins managed their third winning season in club history. The previous times they were above .500 they went on to become World Series champs.

 

McKeon managed the National League All-Stars this July at Minute Maid Park in Houston, in a game won by the American League.

 

With more than 50 years of service in professional baseball, McKeon first became a big league manager with the Royals (1973-75). His next stop was with the A's (1977-78). After serving as general manager of the Padres, during which he earned the nickname "Trader Jack" for his frequent wheeling and dealing, McKeon became San Diego's manager from 1988-90. From 1997-2000, he managed the Reds, leading the team to 96 wins in 1999. That year, Cincinnati lost a tiebreaker to the Mets, who won the Wild Card.

 

An inspiration for senior citizens, McKeon is the oldest manager or coach in any of the four major professional sports to win a championship. Since joining the Marlins, he's been in demand as a motivational speaker.

 

In 2003, along with being the Marlins' first NL Manager of the Year, McKeon was named "Sportsman of the Year" by The Sporting News. He shared that honor with d*** Vermeil, coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

McKeon is the 12th manager in the history of the Marlins, posting a 157-127 record with the team.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hopefully he will learn De luca's name by opening day.? :cool

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Doubtful.

 

It will still be Steve Conine, Encarcion and DeLuca.

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Hopefully Encarnacion will not be playing for us on opening day...

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He may be on the DL

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Good to see Jack come back....but can we use the bullpen better next year?

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sigh

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Oh, Front Office.....get us a bullpen next year plus a clone of Valdez.

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yuck, a clone of Valdez?

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Yeah, I would just be happy with a bullpen to start the season.

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Good to see Jack come back....but can we use the bullpen better next year?

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sigh

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Oh, Front Office.....get us a bullpen next year plus a clone of Valdez.

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yuck, a clone of Valdez?

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How many 5th starters in baseball have 15 wins? I rest my case. Valdez is a quality pitcher and on other clubs he'd be a 4th and in some cases 3rd starter.

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Good to see Jack come back....but can we use the bullpen better next year?

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sigh

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Oh, Front Office.....get us a bullpen next year plus a clone of Valdez.

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yuck, a clone of Valdez?

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How many 5th starters in baseball have 15 wins? I rest my case. Valdez is a quality pitcher and on other clubs he'd be a 4th and in some cases 3rd starter.

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eh so he got alot of run support this year.... he still sucks

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