The National League got to see the final start of their rookie of the year on Wednesday night. I truly believe that Jose Fernandez has done more to deserve the honor than any other rookie, just edging Julio Teheran and Yasiel Puig. Unfortunately that isn’t what people are talking about the day following Fernandez’s last outing as a rookie. The drama following his childish home run glare is the talk of the town instead. All things considered, the way Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond handled it should make it over and done.
All game long they got to see the issue with Fernandez being in control of his final game of the season. He was pumped up and having fun but during the sixth inning he went wrong when he began almost taunting the Atlanta Braves when they hit hard outs. First of all he doesn’t get to brag about a great play that saved a double; he should only tip his cap and point his glove to the fielder that saved him. As with other things he did wrong on this night, Fernandez will learn better.
I think the best of this situation was the way Redmond handled it. He wasn’t upset at the Braves for one single second because he knew full well what they were reacting to. It was completely and totally Fernandez’s fault. Redmond knew why Evan Gattis stared for a second at his home run and why Chris Johnson spoke to Fernandez after his loud out.
All Redmond did was get his pitcher out of the situation by nearly shoving him back towards the dugout. Once they were back in the clubhouse, Fernandez was allowed to know just how childish what he did was. Redmond set up a time for him to apologize to the Braves’ Mike Minor and Brian McCann personally which to his credit, the rookie did honestly and like a stand-up young man.
The only way this thing goes bad now is if the Braves retaliate on Thursday. Redmond ended it and Fernandez took all the blame and apologized publicly. It is completely over and anything done now with the baseball against the Marlins would be one hundred percent wrong by the Braves and in fact childish. Everyone should give a cap-tip to Redmond for this. He has done more than any manager in recent memory to defuse a tough situation and he did it like a champ.