The Cleveland Indians have hired Edwin Rodriguez to manage the Carolina Mudcats, a Class A team in the Carolina League for the 2012 season. What makes Rodriguez such an interesting hire is the experience he brings to the job - Rogriguez was the manager of the Florida Marlins from June 23, 2010 until June 18, 2011, where he finished with a 78-85 record.
The Mudcats are a new affiliate in the Carolina League, replacing Kinston whom the Indians purchased before the 2011 season.
Rodriguez was the first Puerto Rican to manage in the Majors when he was hired by the Marlins to replace Fredi Gonzalez. Rodriguez was given the job full-time on June 29, 2010 and the Marlins started off strong in 2011, jumping out to a 31-22 record on June 1 before enduring a 1-18 slide that led to his resignation.
The Marlins hired former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to lead the club into their new stadium in 2012.