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Marlins candidate Mike Redmond says he’s ready to manage

Oct 26, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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After interviewing with the Marlins this week, Mike Redmond said he is ready to step in as Ozzie Guillen’s replacement after two years managing in the Blue Jays system.

“Jim Leyland told me a long time ago when I was getting ready to retire, `If you want to manage in the majors, you’ve got to go get some experience,”‘ Redmond told the AP. “I took that to heart and went out and took a job with the Blue Jays in A ball and got down to the grass roots, where you’ve got to teach and develop.

“I’ve learned a lot. I had a lot of great kids, and to see them improve is very satisfying. On top of that, we went to the playoffs both times. That was fun, too.”

Redmond is the clear favorite for the job, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. Reds pitching coach Bryan Price reportedly interviewed today. Brad Ausmus declined the opportunity to interview.

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Update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Marlins have also interviewed Larry Bowa. They’ll wait until after the World Series to make a decision on their manager.

  1. Ralph - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    But is he ready to be unemployed in 12 months?

    • xmatt0926x - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      No. Loria will be settling into his “we tried” routine and will continue to gut the team. This guy will get minimum wage for managers and will be the perfect 3 or 4 year non-factor that Loria needs to manage his team.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    He would probably have a better pitching staff next season, if he managed the Dunedin team. The Jays are about to promote their top 3 pitching prospects to Dunedin from Lansing. All 3 are among the top 100 prospects in baseball.

  3. natsattack - Oct 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Larry Bowa. Perfect fit!

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      What have you got against Larry Bowa?

      • Old Gator - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM

        Larry Bowa reputedly has a hair trigger temper and an independent streak a mile wide. I can’t see him getting along with his clown prince of an owner very long.

        All things considered, I think Redmond probably is the best bet for this team right now. He’ll get his experience and no one will hold it against him when Scrooge McLoria becomes disillusioned with the implosion of his own blueprint and tries to hang in on his manager. And the team charter jet sure beats the bus.

  4. thesmedman - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Larry Bowa is acknowledged an an excellent baseball man. He is a fmr manager (remember that Trader Jack hired him), and of course, is a regarded third base coach. He would be a sold selection. I would like to see him get it.

    If they opt for Redmond, tat would beca guy with no major league experience. They need experience.

    How about Bowa, with Trader Jack as bench coach? It is plausible and would work to temper and grow Bowa.

    • Old Gator - Oct 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      Why stop there? How about Norman Bates, with his mother as his bench coach?

  5. aarontzach - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    C’mon Mike, just wait 1 more year for Ron Gardenhire to lose another 90 games and get fired. Minnesota needs you!

    • Old Gator - Oct 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Don’t worry. Scrooge McLoria will fire him in a year anyway, and you’ll get him with a solid season’s faux major league managing experience under his long johns and most of his salary paid in advance.

    • getadealdonealready - Oct 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      I’m with ya, maybe at the end of next year the two teams can trade managers, since it sounds like both will be fired at the end of the season anyway.

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