Before the news was delivered to Edwin Rodriguez that he would continue to manage to the end of the season, Bo Porter was contacted one final time on Tuesday to gather his thoughts on managing the team on a short-term basis only.
"The conversation did lead to that," Porter said, adding that the Marlins wanted to know if he would be agreeable to managing for the rest of this season only. "They wanted to know, if that was the case, what is your thought process? My thought process is I would want this year and next year, at the very least, to have an opportunity to go through spring training and implement my standards."
Porter said "I want to make one thing clear. it was not like it (the job) was offered, take it or leave it. It was just part of conversation."
Owner Jeffrey Loria informed Rodriguez about 30 minutes before Tuesday's game that the job was his until the end of the season, after which the Marlins will "re-evaluate" the situation and perhaps renew the search process for a permanent manager.
-- Cody Ross said he and Hanley Ramirez didn't know what to think when, as they were limbering up on the field before Tuesday's game, they looked toward the dugout and noticed a group of teammates and coaches huddled together. "We were, like, is there a fight in there?" Ross said. Come to find out, after Ross and Ramirez joined the gang, Loria was informing the club that Rodriguez would remain their manager the rest of the season. "
-- Nate Robertson is not a fan of vuvuzelas, or the raucus, drum-beating, horn-blaring atmosphere common with baseball in the Caribbean. Robertson, who started Tuesday for the Marlins in their win over the Mets, finds the noise to be a distraction. "I'm from Kansas, man," Robertson said. "I am the farthest thing from Puerto Rico. All it is for me is ruckus. It's not the kind of environment I like to play in." Robertson also laughed at the notion that the Marlins are the designated "home" team in the series when the bulk of fans are cheering for the Mets. "This isn't a home game," Robertson said.
-- UCLA lost to South Carolina in the finals of the College World Series on Tuesday, no fault of Bruins pitcher Rob Rasmussen, the Marlins' second-round draft pick earlier this month. Rasmussen,an unsigned left-hander, started and tossed six shutout innings for UCLA, which lost to the Gamecocks in the 11th inning. "We think he can move fairly quickly through the system, either as a starter or a reliever," said Jim Fleming, the Marlins' vice president of player development. "We'll see once we get him. His pitches are in place."