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Marlins’ Miguel Rojas to serve as player-manager for final game of season

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The Miami Marlins are ending their 100-loss season with quite the gimmick.

Wells Dusenbury of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Saturday that Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas will serve as the team’s player-manager for their last game of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

Rojas, 30, is only in his sixth MLB season, but he is hitting a team-high .284 this year, so this may be the Marlins’ way of paying him back (or of giving regular manager Don Mattingly a one-day head start on his trip to Cancun).

The dual player-manager role, which was common in the late 19th to early 20th century, has all but become extinct in today’s game. Still, Rojas one-game promotion is a nice nod to the all-time greats who took on that duty.

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