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Source: McKeon is Loria's first choice

    Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was "surprised" by manager Edwin Rodriguez's resignation on Sunday, according to a source, and would like for 80-year-old former skipper Jack McKeon to return to the Marlins dugout as interim manager through the end of this season.

    Loria was in Europe on business when informed of Rodriguez's decision.

   Mckeon   McKeon became the oldest manager to win a World Series when he guided the Marlins to the 2003 title but would not be the oldest manager in major league history if he returns to the Marlins. That title belongs to Connie Mack, who was 87 when he managed the Philadelphia Athletics in 1950.

    McKeon has maintained an advisory role with the Marlins since stepping down after the 2005 season, and is listed officially as "special assistant to the owner."

    When contacted by phone at his home in North Carolina earlier today, McKeon said he wasn't even aware of Rodriguez's resignation and had not yet been contacted by the Marlins, but said he thought he could do the job if asked. The source said that McKeon is Loria's first choice to manage the club the rest of the way, and an announcement could come Monday before the Marlins open a home series against the Angels.

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