The Miami Marlins fired first-year manager Ozzie Guillen after a last-place finish and 69 wins in the National League East division in a year where the team was expected to turn things around and become a playoff contender. Now that the poison has been separated from the body, it is time for the Marlins to begin the healing process. Former Marlins catcher Mike Redmond could be the healer that the team needs.
Although, with the lack of focus in the front office having the possibility of scaring some potential managerial candidates away, the team could end up giving Redmond the job as the head-fish in Miami. Redmond does have managerial experience compared to other possible candidates like Mike Lowell or Brad Ausmus. He is the current manager of the Toronto Blue Jays‘ Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays.
Former big-league catchers seem to be the topic of conversation when it comes to foreseeing managers. Redmond is one of the most well-known Marlins of all-time. In seven-years with the team, Redmond batted .284/.348/.362 in 485 games with the club, mostly as a catcher.
Redmond is considered to be the front-runner for the job and could get it because of his managerial experience. The Marlins are also considering Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price for the job.
A relative no-name, Price has been a coach in the majors since 2001 starting with the Seattle Mariners. Price has won USA Today Baseball Weekly’s Coach of the Year in 2001 and Baseball America’s Major League Coach of the Year in 2007 when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Price could also be what the Marlins need to get back on track.
Whoever the franchise picks, it will have to be someone quiet and someone with proverbial duct tape over their mouth.
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