80-Year-Old Jack McKeon Doesn't Waste Any Time Showing Hanley Ramirez Who's Boss | Sharapova's Thigh

Yesterday, Jack McKeon was named the Florida Marlins' interim manager, after Edwin Rodriguez resigned from the job(after the Marlins had lost 18 of 19 games). McKeon previously managed the Marlins from 2003-2005, and won a World Series title with them in the '03 season.

But, he hasn't managed baseball since his '05 season with the Marlins, and he's quite old to be taking over the managerial duties for an MLB team.

Just exactly how old is he? 80, making him the second oldest manager in MLB history, behind just the great Connie Mack.

And still, McKeon's immediately trying to light a fire under the Marlins' asses before they even play a game. Tonight, he's benching the Marlins' star shortstop, Hanley Ramirez, because Ramirez showed up late for a team meeting today, and did not hustle yesterday.

Jack McKeon’s first move in his second go-around as the Marlins manager was to bench Hanley Ramirez.

Ramirez, the three-time All-Star arrived late to the clubhouse Monday, showing up after McKeon called the team together for a 3:30 p.m. meeting, according to people in the organization. When asked if he knew why he was not in the lineup Ramirez said “no,” before joining his teammates to stretch.

When McKeon was asked if there was a reason Ramirez is not in the lineup he said: “Yeah, because I didn’t put him in there.” He added that he didn’t like the way Ramirez was running on Sunday. McKeon was in North Carolina on Sunday at a softball game in which his granddaughter was playing. Ramirez was going 0-for-3 in St. Petersburg against the Rays, dropping his average to .201.

McKeon, who was introduced as the team’s interim manager just more than 24 hours after Edwin Rodriguez resigned Sunday morning, said during his press conference he would not be afraid to make the tough decisions.

“If you try to be (the players’) friend that will get you fired,” he said.
Ramirez is currently making $11 million in the third year of a six-year contract, and is owed at least $15 million in each of the next three years. And he's hitting .201, with a .596 OPS, and not hustling. Not to mention that he's supposed to be the guy on a team that's lost 18 of their last 19 games. Therefore, I think McKeon made a great call here, and it will be interesting to see how Ramirez and the Marlins respond.

It will also be interesting to see if McKeon can make it through the season alive.

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