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Marlins hire Mike Redmond as manager

Nov 1, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

Mike Redmond Marlins

Mike Redmond was considered the frontrunner to replace Ozzie Guillen in Miami during the entire interview process and sure enough Jon Heyman of reports that the Marlins have hired the former catcher to be their next manager.

Redmond came up through the Marlins’ farm system and played for them from 1998-2004 before signing with the Twins as a free agent. He finished his 13-year career with the Indians in 2010 and spent this season as the manager for high Single-A Dunedin in the Blue Jays’ system.

As a player Redmond was constantly talked about as a future manager, combining an old-school attitude on the field with a strong sense of humor off it. He’s famous for “naked batting practice” and, just generally speaking, removing his clothing in the name of comedy.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the 41-year-old Redmond will get a three-year contract. Of course, Guillen was just fired after one season of a four-year, $10 million contract.

  1. willclarkgameface - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Naked batting practice. That is the resume of someone they’d hire in Miami?


    Florida baseball sucks.

    • cur68 - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Actually, no it doesn’t. In fact, one of the best teams in the AL East is a florida team. Of the fans that frequent this site I like the Florida fans by an order of magnitude more than I like most other team fans. No one ever accuses them of boorishness, they seem to have a balanced outlook on baseball in general (leaving aside their quaint and ironic fixation with pitchers “hitting”, lol), and they rarely check in on these comments to slag another team (see that list, ‘gameface? Notice anything about it?). Leaving that aside, how can anyone hate on a guy who takes himself so un-seriously as to disrobe in the name of getting some laughs and playing baseball? Good luck to Mike Redmond: he’s gonna need it, what with having to work with jackals and running-dog lackeys, but the guy might actually have the tools required for such an odious gig.

      • mrwillie - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        Considering that the state of Florida has won as many WS titles in the last 15 years as Boston, San Fran, and St. Louis I’d say that puts them in pretty good company. And I am a Braves fan and do not like the Marlins.

      • Old Gator - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

        It’s really a no-lose situation for Redmond. He gets major-league experience, his team won’t really be expected to contend for at least the next year, and he sets himself up nicely for going to work for a competently run franchise when his endurance contest under Scrooge and the Chihuahua is finished, one way or another. If he manages smartly the evidence will show up whether or not he gets along with the gaggle of jerks for whom he will be working, and if he doesn’t get along with them most other front offices in the game, who aren’t very fond of the Feesh notochord trust to begin with, will understand the situation. I like the selection and wish Mike well in what is doubtless going to be a trying environment.

    • mrwillie - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      I think gameface was once cornholed with the barrel of an overly tarred bat by one of the Grapefruit League mascots. It’s obviously the only explanation for his hatred of Florida baseball.

      • cur68 - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:58 AM

        Too much Rage Waterâ„¢. It’s pretty much pouring out his ears.

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Mr. Willie, please don’t speak of the “incident” with Raymond the Sea Dog. It was quite traumatic for ole willclark… It is the source of his rage.

        And yes, good luck, Mike Redmond. Your sense of humor should serve you well.

    • thesmedman - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      maybe should be revised to “bb in so FL sucks”?

    • jaysjunkie - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Yeah, they’ve had some great teams, but their fan support most definitely sucks.

    • Old Gator - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Will, do you ever stop and take a second to contemplate what a hopeless, interminably repetitive, brain-locked schmuck you are? The results might surprise you.

    • Old Gator - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      Eh – I’ll be on my plane to Toronto when they hold the introductory press conference tomorrow. Damn. I wanted to be there to comment in realtime. Ah well. I can always comment in retrospect and claim I was there.

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        Nice! Staying for long?

  2. kjkulsrud - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Wow… congrats naked guy…

  3. raysfan1 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Well put, Cur,,, and thank you for sticking up for the fans from my home state.

    • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      What Raysfan1 said.

  4. frenchysplatediscipline - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    poor guy

  5. kiwicricket - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Guillen should offer to pay Redmond’s salary if he abuses Loria and the Chihuahua in the first month and gets fired. They could then sit back and revel in the glory of watching Loria pay 3 managers salaries for the next 3 yrs.

  6. thesmedman - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    God help that reality show on HBO or SHO that they had last year…

  7. djack311 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    The naked man…ager:

  8. smcgaels1997 - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Florida fans have a balanced outlook? Is that was not showing up for games is called?

  9. johnb1990 - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Terrific fit…knows how to get the most out of any situation…knows the game and continues to grow!

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