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Marlins hire 80-year-old Jack McKeon

Updated: June 21, 2011, 6:11 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- New Florida Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon sat listening as team president David Samson offered a spirited defense of the decision to give the job to an octogenarian.

Samson said the 80-year-old McKeon works harder than many people half his age and seems even sharper mentally than in 2003, when he led the Marlins to an improbable World Series championship.

In response to the comments, a grinning McKeon intentionally messed up Samson's name.

"Thanks, George," McKeon ...

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