Marlins hire Mike Redmond as manager
Redmond will reportedly receive a guaranteed three-year contract to succeed Ozzie Guillen, who was fired on October 23 – and is still owed the $7.5 million left on the remainder of his deal.
The Marlins moved quickly in their search to replace the departed Guillen, and were known to have also interviewed several other candidates, including former MLB skippers Larry Bow and Lloyd McClendon and former Marlins player Luis Gonzalez, who is currently a special assistant to Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers.
Redmond, 41, hit .287 in 13 seasons as a backup catcher in the Major Leagues, playing the first seven (1998-2004) with the Marlins before moving on to Minnesota (2005-09) and Cleveland (2010). He spent 2011 and 2012 managing in the Blue Jays organization, last year leading Class-A Dunedin to the Florida State League playoffs.
Despite his limited experience, Redmond is highly regarded in the Marlins organization – much like Mike Matheny in St. Louis – and joins he joins Matheny and a pair of Chicagoans, White Sox skipper Robin Ventura (who succeeded Guillen on the South Side) and Cubs manager Dale Sveum, as former players earning their first full-time MLB managerial gig over the last 13 months.
"He is going to be very good, he's a former catcher who was paying attention,'' a former boss of Redmond’s told CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. “He's really good with players and understands pitching well.''
Redmond’s hire means that four of the six coaching vacancies created in the last six weeks have been filled, with only Toronto and Colorado still without a skipper. A full table of managerial changes is below: