Neither does McKeon, but he thinks the Marlins can play better than they've played thus far. He formed that opinion subscribing to a baseball satellite package up in Elon.
"I watch four or five games a night, and I like the Marlins for some reason," he said. "I used to watch them quite a bit. I got an opportunity to see a lot of young players and see the progress they've made from a couple of years ago or the lack of progress."
McKeon said he'll seek suggestions from Marlins executive Tony Perez, the team's announcers and even the batboys. He wants to make the most of Florida's excellent speed, and he said there's enough pitching depth to ride out the injuries.
Most of all, McKeon said, he wants his players to relax and have fun.
"It looks like some of these guys are trying to hit three-run homers with nobody on base," he said.
The Marlins play three games early this week in San Diego, where McKeon managed in 1988-90. They conclude their trip next week in Cincinnati, where he managed from 1997 to 2000.
Then he'll be back in Miami, just another septuagenarian Florida transplant. The twist is that he's coming to work.
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