The Marlins have hired Mike Redmond to replace Ozzie Guillen as the team's manager, according to a CBS Sports report. Redmond received a three-year contract, and a press conference to announce the news is planned for Friday. Others who were said to have interviewed for the job include Larry Bowa, Luis Gonzalez, Lloyd McClendon and Bryan Price.
Redmond was a catcher in the major leagues and played for the Marlins from 1998 to 2004. He hit .287 and had 13 home runs and 243 RBIs over the course of his 13-year career. He was known for hardly ever making an error and had only 18 total in the majors. Redmond is said to be "beloved" in the Marlins organization, and received several endorsements.
"He is going to be very good, he's a former catcher who was paying attention,'' says a former boss with another team. "He's really good with players and understands pitching well.''Redmond, 41, managed the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto's high Single-A affiliate. The Marlins job will be his first major league head coaching experience.
Says another, "He did a great job in A ball the last couple years. The only question is experience.''