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Former hitting coach Rodriguez is Mudcats' new skipper

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Edwin Rodriguez is coming back to Zebulon.

Mudcats manager Edwin Rodriguez
The Carolina Mudcats announced Monday that the former Florida Marlins skipper, who was hitting coach for the Southern League Mudcats in 2004, will manage the club’s first Carolina League team in 2012.

Rodriguez, 51, was 78-85 over parts of two seasons with the Marlins from June 23, 2010 to June 18, 2011.

Before becoming the first Puerto Rican-born manager in Major League history, he was with the Mudcats club in 2004 that finished 73-66, later managing the rookie Gulf Coast League Marlins (2005-2006), Class A Greensboro Grasshoppers (2007-2008) and Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs (2008-2010).

“We’re excited to start both a new era in the Carolina League and new partnership with the Cleveland Indians by welcoming back Edwin Rodriguez to Zebulon,” Mudcats owner Steve Bryant said. “Edwin has had a successful career as a manager in both the Minor Leagues and Major Leagues.”

Rodriguez spent parts of three seasons with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres from 1982-85 before concluding his playing career in 1987.

The Mudcats will play their first Carolina League game at home on April 6 against the Winston-Salem Dash.

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