Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com broke the news on Twitter:
#Marlins hire Mike Redmond to be their manager— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 1, 2012
Heyman had more on the hiring:
3-year deal for Mike Redmond with #Marlins. very well-respected young guy. beloved in miami org.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 1, 2012
One more from Heyman, in regard to the Marlins announcing the move:
#Marlins press conference to introduce Mike Redmond will be tomorrow. Mike Matheny type hire. miami did well w/whole process— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 1, 2012
Redmond spent the past two years managing in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system. This past year, he managed at Single A Dunedin.
Redmond spent seven of his 13 major league seasons catching for the Marlins, winning the World Series with the team in 2003.
His reputation is sterling with former managers and players, as Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald noted when Redmond was thought to be a candidate for the job last week:
Such a decision wouldn't come as any surprise to former teammates and three of his former Marlins managers, who feel Redmond is exactly what the last-place team needs.
Jack McKeon said he "just loves" Redmond.
John Boles called him a "perfect fit."
And Fredi Gonzalez said Redmond "knows the game inside and out."
High praise indeed from a few men who know a thing or two about the sport.
Redmond will be expected to right the ship after a disastrous 2012 season that saw the Marlins finish in last place in the National League East and ship out franchise cornerstone Hanley Ramirez at the trade deadline. Once the offseason hit, Miami also dealt embattled closer Heath Bell in addition to axing Guillen.
One would imagine Redmond will be asked to be a less controversial figure than Guillen, a role I am sure he will embrace.
A year after it looked like Miami was getting a fresh start with a new manager and a new stadium, they will get another fresh start with Redmond at the helm.