Marlins hire next scapegoat, er um, manager: Mike Redmond


Mike Redmond will be moving from the dugout of the Dunedin Blue Jays to manage the Miami Marlins.
Mike Redmond will be moving from the dugout of the Dunedin Blue Jays to manage the Miami Marlins.

Mike Redmond is the new Miami Marlins manager … for now.

In the not-so-surprising move, owner Jeffrey Loria will announce his new manager – the seventh change since 2002 – Friday at a 1:30 p.m. EDT press conference.

Redmond was an easy-going, well-loved fan favorite during his six-year career with the Florida Marlins. A home-grown product, Redmond moved through the farm system before playing for the Marlins from 1998-2004, so he is familiar with the dynamics of a Loria-owned team, which could be a plus. Redmond signed as a free-agent with the Minnesota Twins in 2005 and ended his playing career in 2010 with the Cleveland Indians before spending the last two seasons as a minor league manager in the Toronto Blue Jays system.

A career backup catcher, Redmond may be best known for helping the Marlins break out of a slump during by hitting naked during batting practice. The ploy must have worked — it was during their 2003 World Series championship season.

According to Juan C. Rodriguez at the Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins are expected to name Reid Cornelius pitching coaching and announce the return (great news!) of infield instructor Perry Hill.

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