Former Florida Marlins skipper Edwin Rodríguez is taking his coaching skills to cyberspace.
Rodríguez, the first Puerto Rican manager in Major League Baseball history, is launching HitBoricua.net, a Spanish-language baseball training website geared toward coaches, players and parents.
The site taps Rodríguez’s deep knowledge of the game to provide tips and other information aimed at developing players. It includes content for beginners through advanced players.
“I love this game,” Rodríguez said. “I am thrilled to be able to bring my experiences and knowledge to those willing to use it.”
Rodríguez, who spent three decades in the big leagues as a player and coach, lives in San Juan. He stepped down as the Marlins manager in June.
HitBoricua.net includes sections on each position. It also covers a range of other issues including base running, mental aspects of the game, scouting and scholarships.
The website also has sections with interviews, podcasts and a blog. An online magazine will have articles on a range of issues including training and baseball-related services and products. There will be room for contributors and analysis of MLB and professional baseball in Puerto Rico.
The page is available at http://www.hitboricua.net and Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.
On June 23, 2010, Rodríguez became the interim manager for the Florida Marlins replacing Fredi Gonzalez and won his first game against the Baltimore Orioles on the same day. On June 29, before a Marlins game against the New York Mets in his hometown in Puerto Rico, Florida owner Jeffrey Loria announced that Rodríguez would remain as manager through the 2010 season.
Rodriguez unexpectedly resigned June 19 with his team on a nine-game losing streak, frustrated with his last-place club in the National League East after less than one year on the job. Rodriguez compiled a two-year managerial record of 78-85 (.479) over his two seasons.
Rodriguez will manage this season the Cleveland Indians’ Class-A Advanced Carolina Mudcats of the Carolina League.