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Florida’s new old manager succeeds Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned Sunday. The change in leadership failed to inspire an immediate reversal by the Marlins, whose losing streak reached 11 games Monday night when they were beaten by the Los Angeles Angels, 2-1.

But McKeon’s an octogenarian focused on October. He envisions his struggling team making the playoffs.

“We’ll be all right,” he said. “We’ll turn this thing around. Don’t worry about it.”

Like a lot of folks his age, McKeon enjoys smoking cigars and telling stories, preferably at the same time. But he gets restless at home and said lately he was spending 12 to 15 hours a day watching games on TV.

His family gave the OK for him to return to the dugout.

“My wife was probably happy to get me out of the house,” he said.

The job means long days, late nights and a grueling travel schedule. McKeon figures he can do it because he has done it before.

“It’s like riding a bike. Nothing to it,” he said.

McKeon had been employed as a part-time special assistant to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. Team president David Samson said McKeon works harder than many people half his age and seems even sharper mentally than in 2003, when he came out of another retirement at age 72 to take over the Marlins in May.

That hiring made him the oldest manager to take over a big league team, and he quickly revived the franchise. Florida beat the Yankees in the World Series, and McKeon received the NL manager of the year award for the second time.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who was McKeon’s third-base coach in 2003, isn’t surprised to see him in the dugout again.

“He loves the game. He loves to be around media. He loves to be around players. He loves to compete against another team,” Guillen said. “I hope he can do the same thing he did in 2003.”

That will be tough: The Marlins are 1-19 in June. But president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, who also hired McKeon in 2003, said his old-school approach might be enough to spark a turnaround.

“It’s going to be his way, and if you don’t like it, we’re going to find somebody else to do it his way,” Beinfest said. “Everybody pretty much knows where they stand. I think he’s fair. He can be tough. He can be loving. This is an experienced guy who knows what he is doing. There’s a lot of comfort in that. It will be a different approach. We’ll see if the guys respond.”

White Sox outfielder Juan Pierre predicted they will. He played for McKeon on the 2003 World Series team.

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