One horrific Ozzie Guillen year after the Miami Marlins tried to reboot their franchise, the narrow-minded front office executives have hired yet another new manager. Mike Redmond will man the dugout for the Fish in 2013. Redmond is a 41-year old former catcher and was part of Florida’s 2003 World Series team.
He began his professional baseball career as an un-drafted free agent, signing in 1992 with the Florida Marlins, a team set for its inaugural season in 1993. His first major league appearance came in 1998 with the Marlins. He played in South Florida until 2004.
During his baseball career, Redmond was considered a future coach. In his tenure with the Twins from 2005-2009, he impressed the esteemed manager Ron Gardenhire. Gardenhire said he had the capability of becoming a successful coach, explaining, “He brings everything to the table…He’s one of those special guys that only comes around once in a while.”
Redmond was introduced on Friday at Marlins Park. He expressed his excitement to be managing the team that signed him for the first time 20 years ago. “It’s about winning,” he said in the press conference, “things are gonna get better.” That is certainly an attitude that the manager needs going forward, considering the Marlins have not made the playoffs since their 2003 World Series Championship.
The key to success moving forward for both Redmond and the Marlins organization is chemistry. A team cannot win without chemistry. It is what propels a team like the St. Louis Cardinals or the San Francisco Giants to a World Series win. And it is why it is not surprising that the Yankees, despite their “dream team” lineup and payroll, have only made it to the World Series once in the past nine years.
If Redmond can bond with Miami’s up-and-coming players, this should mark the commencement of a special period in this young franchise’s history.