Miami Marlins Hire Mike Redmond as Their New Manager
The Ozzie Guillen era is over with the Miami Marlins. It lasted as long as the Joe Girardi era: one season.
Now, the reins of the team have been handed over to Mike Redmond as he hopes to steer the Marlins into the 2013 MLB postseason for the third time in as many decades.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported the hiring on his Twitter feed.
In a strange way, Redmond's playing career was a link between the lowest and the greatest moments in the team's history.
He was a part of the 1998 Florida Marlins, a team that was technically a defending World Champion. The squad that had won the World Series the year before was dismantled, and the shameful product on the field resembled an overwhelmed minor league team.
He made his debut on May 31, 1998, days after Mike Piazza was traded to the New York Mets and the Marlins had purged Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson and Jim Eisenreich.
Several of his teammates on that team, including Derrek Lee, Alex Gonzalez, Kevin Millar, Matt Mantei and Brian Daubach, would go on to become productive big leaguers.
He bridged the embarrassing 1998 squad with the spectacular 2003 team that surprised all of baseball by beating the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees en route to a World Series title.
Ivan Rodriguez was the catcher and superstar of the Marlins that year. But Redmond started 26 times and played in both the NLCS and World Series, earning a ring in the process.
Redmond was a steady force in the Marlins system for seven years. He never started more than 70 games a year but was a productive hitter. He had a combined .287 average over his career in Miami with an OPS of .700. Not All-Star numbers but valuable off the bench.
He also was a solid defensive catcher: His .996 lifetime fielding percentage speaks volumes about his abilities.
He played five seasons with the Minnesota Twins, as well, and was a part of two more division titles.
After a year of managing the Dunedin Blue Jays, he was signed to a three-year deal managing the Marlins, as reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Three years for a Marlins manager would be a long time. The average tenure of a skipper in Miami is two. If he makes it to the end of his deal, he would be the exception to the rule.
The announcement of Mike Redmond's hiring might not grab as many headlines as Guillen's hiring. But he might be exactly what the Marlins need: a steady and respected former player at the helm.
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