Edwin Rodriguez climbed the managing ladder all the way to the major leagues. Now the former Florida Marlins skipper has settled into a new home - back in the minors.
Rodriguez is one of a handful of ex-big league managers who have resurfaced this season in the minors. He's now in charge of the Single-A Carolina Mudcats and relishing the challenge of developing the next crop of Cleveland Indians.
''Most of the guys that got to manage in the big leagues - I would say a high percentage of them - they have been through the minor leagues and the development side, working with the minor-league players, the young players, and that's one thing that you just don't stop doing,'' Rodriguez said in an interview with The Associated Press.
''You really like when you see a player grow up as a player, as an athlete, and it's a very great moment for you as a coach when you see that,'' he added. ''I'm just talking about myself, but I'm pretty sure everybody would say the same thing. ... So whenev...