SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres announced today that El Paso Chihuahuas manager Edwin Rodriguez will be stepping down from his position, effective immediately. Pitching coach Eric Junge will serve as manager for the Chihuahuas for the remainder of the 2021 season.
Rodriguez, 61, has enjoyed 42 years in professional baseball and a managerial career spanning the majority of the past two decades across four organizations, including the Tampa Bay Rays (1999-02), Florida Marlins (2004-11), Cleveland Indians (2012-16) and San Diego (2017-21). He became the first Puerto Rican-born manager in Major League Baseball history for the Marlins in 2010, compiling a two-year managerial record of 78-85 (.479). He also managed the Puerto Rican national team in the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic.
The 2021 season marked Junge’s first as the Chihuahuas pitching coach and ninth year with the Padres, having previously served as minor league pitching coordinator, pitching instructor and advance scout.