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Edwin Rodriguez hired by Indians

CLEVELAND -- Edwin Rodriguez has been hired by the Cleveland Indians to manage their Double-A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats.

The 51-year-old Rodriguez managed the Florida Marlins for parts of two seasons before resigning this year during a long losing skid. He went 78-85 with the Marlins and became the first Puerto Rican-born manager in major league history.

Before taking over the Marlins, Rodriguez managed in Florida's farm system for five years. In that role, he worked as the Mudcats' hitting coach in 2004.

Rodriguez played in the majors for the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres before retiring in 1987.