CLEVELAND -- The Indians have added some Major League experience to guide one of their Minor League affiliates.
On Monday, Cleveland announced the hiring of former Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez as manager of the Carolina Mudcats, the Tribe's high Class A ballclub. Rodriguez managed Florida for parts of the 2010-11 seasons.
Rodriguez, who has held various roles in professional baseball throughout the past 32 seasons, will help guide Carolina in its first year as a Cleveland affiliate. Located in Zebulon, N.C., the Mudcats are now the Tribe's farm team in the Carolina League, replacing the Kinston Indians.
Rodriguez, 51, compiled a 78-85 record over his two years as manager of the Florida Marlins, who were officially renamed the Miami Marlins last week. Prior to being named the Marlins' manager on June 23, 2010, making Rodriguez the first Puerto Rican-born manager in baseball history, he managed in Florida's player development system for six seasons.
In 2004, Rodriguez worked as a hitting coach for the Carolina Mudcats, who were a Double-A affiliate of the Marlins at the time. He also spent time with the Yankees and Padres as an infielder from 1982-85 before transitioning to a post-playing career following the 1987 campaign.
Since his playing days, Rodriguez has worked as a coach, scout and manager.