ST. PETERSBURG -- Edwin Rodriguez's resignation as Marlins manager shook both clubhouses before the game at Tropicana Field on Sunday.
"It's a small fraternity, and when that happens, it really does bother me to see that," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Especially with a guy like [Rodriguez], who has worked so hard to get to this point."
The Marlins are currently on a nine-game losing streak and have dropped 20 of their last 23. On May 26, Florida was just one game out of first place in the National League East at 29-19, but are now 12 1/2 games behind and have fallen to 32-39.
The Marlins entered Sunday on a nine-game losing streak and had dropped 20 of their last 23. On May 26, Florida was just one game out of first place in the National League East at 29-19, but are now 12 1/2 games behind with a record of 32-39.
"I know they're not playing well right now," Maddon said. "I've only known Edwin a bit, but he is one of the nicest, most decent guys that I've met in this game. It's unfortunate that he has to feel the weight of this whole moment, because it's not his fault.
"I don't really know this, but I would have to believe that he believes they would be better off without him here. He has got that kind of a stoic, man's man type of mentality."
Rodriguez was once a part of Tampa Bay's organization. In 1997, he was named the hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League's rookie team.
"I have no real insight, except that I like the man a lot, and I'm certain his team did, too," Maddon said. "I just wish him well."