It didn’t take long after firing Ozzie Guillen as their manager for the Miami Marlins to go out and find his replacement. It took just nine days, to be exact, as the team announced the hiring of former big-league catcher Mike Redmond to take over for the 2013 season and possibly beyond.
On Thursday afternoon, Redmond signed a three-year contract worth an undisclosed amount to lead a ball club that finished the 2012 campaign with a 69-93 record despite spending a boat load of money prior to the season on new, high-priced players.
Redmond played in the majors for 13 seasons (1998-2010) and retired from the game two seasons ago. Redmond played as a member of the Marlins from 1998-2004 and served as their backup catcher behind Ivan Rodriguez during that span. Redmond also has caught the second most games in team history (446) just 136 games behind the franchise’s all-time leader in that department, Charles Johnson‘s 582.
Redmond has no big league managing experience, but he has spent the past two season following his retirement as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays single-A affiliate, the Lansing Lugnuts, who finished their season with a 35-33 record and finished in third place in the Eastern Division on the Mid West League.
The Marlins also interviewed Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price, Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and former big league manager, now television analyst for the MLB Network Larry Bowa for the position as well before finally deciding on Redmond.
Redmond is just another candidate selected by a Major League team who was a former catcher and has no experience managing on this level. This is beginning to be a trend for teams with the St. Louis Cardinals hiring Mike Mathney during the off-season prior to the 2012 season as well as Fredi Gonzalez and Joe Girardi in years before. Come to think of it, the Marlins are the trend setters in this department because they are now responsible for giving Redmond, Gonzalez and Girardi their first big league managing positions.