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Marlins decide to stick with Edwin Rodriguez as manager

Edwin Rodriguez

Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez watches a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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It’s official: Edwin Rodriguez is staying on as the Marlins’ manager.

Rodriguez went 46-46 as the interim manager after taking over a 34-36 team from Fredi Gonzalez in late June and following interviews with various candidates to replace him the Marlins have decided to extend his contract through 2011.

That puts pressure on Rodriguez to win right away, as the Marlins are set to move into a new ballpark in 2012 and have shown that they aren’t exactly sold on him as the long-term skipper.

I can already see the “Bobby Valentine is the front-runner” headlines a year from now.