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Mike Redmond wants the Marlins to — you guessed it — do the little things

Oct 14, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

Mike Redmond AP

Picking on the Marlins’ coaching staff is kind of silly, since they’re in an impossible situation, but they just hired Frank Menechino as the new hitting coach and Joe Frisaso of has an article about how manager Mike Redmond is going to focus on “doing the little things”:

The MLB playoffs also are demonstrating the significance of executing the basics. “You talk about winning baseball,” Redmond said. “You talk about playoff teams. You talk about what do these guys do that the other teams don’t? It is the little things.

“It is unselfish baseball. It’s getting the guy over from second with less than two outs. It’s driving the run in with less than two outs and the infield back. It could be a ground ball to short or a ground ball to first, whatever it takes to get that run in.” …

“I think back to winning baseball, and what’s winning baseball?” Redmond said. “That’s doing the little things like bunting, which we were not good at, and we will get better at. Then offensively, then doing the unselfish things that will help us win ball games.”

Miami ranked dead last among all teams in scoring at 3.17 runs per game while no other team averaged fewer than 3.69. They also ranked dead last in homers, doubles, and OPS. They, did, however rank among the top 10 in sacrifice bunts. Every manager wants his team to “do the little things” better every season–and come March there will be endless articles about that exact topic–but ultimately the Marlins stunk offensively because they didn’t do the big things.

Godspeed, guys.

  1. kevinbnyc - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Do the little things? Like help pick up balls after batting practice?

    • gbrim - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Loria is writing that idea down right now….

  2. sfm073 - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Where did he talk about bunting?

    • nategearhart - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      You’re kidding, right?

  3. Old Gator - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Yes, it’s doing the little things – clearly an idea he must have gotten from the Chihuahua – like bunting a guy over to second with no one out so that he can die there after a strikeout and a popup (though not necessarily in that order). The Feesh stunk because so many of their players stunk, and their players stunk because their owner stinks. This latter factor is also why they will continue to stink for the foreseeable future.

  4. jss1330 - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Last in OBP and last in HR probably doomed the Marlns more than the little things

  5. perryt200 - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    spending 29th out of 30 teams on payroll my have a bit to do with it too.

  6. chip56 - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    When you have a team that is littered with bad players, like the Marlins. You’re not going to get much production and so asking a team like that to hit more homeruns and doubles etc is a wasted effort. What you can ask them to do though is at least play sound, fundamental baseball and not give teams extra outs or run yourselves out of innings by not being able to execute.

    Redmond doesn’t get to pick the players, but if this pile of garbage is what he’s going to be saddled with then making sure that they can do the basics is about as lofty as his expectations can get.

  7. km9000 - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    I give him credit for not saying the team needs to “move forward.”

  8. jcmeyer10 - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    They can’t afford the big things.

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