Edwin Rodríguez Morales
Major League Baseball

1980 - 1983 New York Yankees
2010 - 2011 First Puerto Rican Major League Manager/Florida Marlins
2022 Manager Leones de Ponce - Puerto Rico

Edwin Rodriguez Morales is a former Major League Baseball player and the first Puerto Rican to manage a Major League Baseball team—the Florida Marlins.

Rodriguez, of La Playa de Ponce, Puerto Rico, made his Major League debut in September 1982 with the New York Yankees.  He played second base for a total of three seasons in the Major’s with the Yankees and the San Diego Padres.

Rodriguez also played in the Minor Leagues for eight seasons with the Gulf Coast Yankees, Oneonta Yankees, Nashville Sounds, Greensboro Hornets, Columbus Clippers, Las Vegas Stars and the Portland Beavers. His love for baseball, instilled in Rodriguez by his father, did not end with the conclusion of his playing career.  

Rodriguez served as a baseball scout for 11-years with the Minnesota Twins.  During his tenure with the Twins, Rodriguez earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the Pontifical Catholic University in Puerto Rico. 

Rodriguez established his legacy in professional baseball by dedicating the last two decades mentoring and fostering talent at the Minor League level.

Beginning in 1999, Rodriguez has coached or managed the Hudson Valley Renegades, Princeton Devil Rays, Gulf Coast League Marlins, Greensboro Grasshoppers, New Orleans Zephyrs, Carolina Mudcats, Akron Aeros, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Lake Elsinore Storm and El Paso Chihuahuas.

On June 23, 2010, Rodriguez made history as the first Puerto Rican manager of a Major League Baseball team by replacing Fredy Gonzalez.  Rodriguez joined an elite group of Puerto Rican pioneers on the baseball diamond including Emilio “Millito” Navarro, the first Puerto Rican to play win the Negro League; Hiram Bithorn, the first Puerto Rican to play Major League Baseball; humanitarian Roberto Clemente, member of MLB’s Hall of Fame and the only Puerto Rican to reach 3,000 hits; And Luis Rodriguez Olmo, the first Puerto Rican to hit a home run in the World Series.

Rodriguez also managed the Puerto Rican team in 2013 and 2017 for MLB’s World Baseball Classic.

Most recently, Rodriguez was hired to manage Los Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League for the upcoming 2023 season


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