by Mike Potter
Edwin Rodriguez is coming back to Zebulon.
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.