Redmond is Marlins’ choice to be manager
Former catcher, part of 2003 World Series winner, agrees to three-year deal
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
11/1/2012 12:12 PM ET
MIAMI — The Marlins’ search for a new manager ended where it started, with the hiring of Mike Redmond.
Redmond, who agreed to a three-year contract, will be introduced at a news conference on Friday at Marlins Park, the team said in its announcement Thursday.
The 41-year-old former big league catcher was the first to interview for the position that was vacated when Ozzie Guillen was dismissed on Oct. 23.
Redmond sat down with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and members of the front office on Oct. 24 in New York.
A catcher with the Marlins from 1998-2004, Redmond was Ivan Rodriguez’s backup on the 2003 World Series championship team.
Redmond also played from 2005-09 with the Twins, and his playing career ended in 2010 after he appeared in 22 games with the Indians.
Along with Redmond, the Marlins also interviewed Reds pitching coach Bryan Price, Larry Bowa and Lloyd McClendon, the Tigers hitting coach.
From the beginning, Redmond was considered a strong frontrunner. Team officials were discussing him as a possibility in September.
Redmond will make the leap from managing Toronto’s Class A Dunedin squad to the big leagues. He compiled a 155-115 record (.574) in two seasons as a Minor League manager. He was the Midwest League Manager of the Year in 2011. This year, he managed Dunedin to a 78-55 record and a berth in the Florida State League playoffs, where the Blue Jays lost in the first round to eventual-champion Lakeland.
Although he doesn’t have any prior big league coaching experience, Redmond has been considered managerial material since his playing days.
The Marlins are looking for a fresh start, and Redmond offers a new perspective. They are coming off a disappointing 69-93 last-place finish in their first season as the Miami Marlins.
The team entered 2012 with plenty of fanfare, as they opened their new retractable-roof ballpark with high expectations.
But in Guillen’s lone season, the Marlins never were able to get any traction and become a serious contender. With a losing record and the season slipping away in July, the team traded away Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez, Randy Choate, Edward Mujica and Gaby Sanchez.
Guillen offered his congratulations via Twitter: “Congrats Mike Redmond. Good luck, buddy. You have great guys going to play for you.”
In 2013, the Marlins are expected to be younger. They will be looking for Redmond to assist in the development of a revamped roster.
The Marlins are certainly looking for stability at the manager position. Redmond will be the fourth different Opening Day manager over the past four years.