The Miami Marlins have replaced controversial ex-Manager Ozzie Guillen, still owed $7.5 million, with the former catcher Mike Redmond. To go along with several recent hires, this is a bit of a surprise. There are a couple of bench coaches in the MLB that are considered to be the best possible new hires as managers, the most talked about of which is Sandy Alomar Jr., who got beat out by Terry Francona in Cleveland after he managed the team as the interim manager last year. The reason that none of them have been given THE job over the last couple years leads me to believe that all of these owners see something in these men that indicates they don’t have what it takes to be a manager at the major league level. Miami only interviewed three men for the leading job; Redmond, Larry Bowa (former Phillies manager) and Bryan Price (Cincinnati pitching coach).
The important thing though is who Miami’s front office DID hire, former catcher and really inexperienced, Mike Redmond. Redmond was a catcher by trade and played for the Marlins from ’98 to ’04. He was known for his defensive prowess, lack of errors (only 18 errors over his 13 seasons), and ability to run a pitching staff. I’m certain that owner Jeff Loria and GM Michael HIll want Redmond to bring these three skills to Miami and help pull together this still talented roster. Redmond goes along with many recent hires of young managers that were former players, the most comparable one is the hiring of former 3B Robin Venture for the Chicago White Sox. Miami wasn’t looking to make a splash on the level of Terry Francona this year or Bobby Valentine last year, they simply wanted a hard nosed manager that had ties to the team and wouldn’t cost them what they are paying Ozzie Guillen to stay far away from the team.
Redmond might be just the man to take this team and make them realize their potential, or he might just be the equivalent of an interim manager until they stop paying Ozzie Guillen and they try to make another ill advised splash hire. He is a hire that doesn’t bring in headlines and doesn’t inspire high expectations. He is a manager that has only ever managed in Single-A, even if he was succesful. For the sake of all the Fish fans, let’s hope that Redmond does exactly what he did as a player, don’t make mistakes and take advantage of opportunities.