Okay, so maybe it’s not Tim Johnson doing the Frug with Ann-Margret in Danang…but Mike Redmond is in need of a tracer.
For Redmond, a former Marlin catcher, that means Miami is at the bottom of a well of opportunity.
“We have guys with a lot to prove,” he said while the Marlins held a workout to prepare for Monday’s 1:05 p.m. game against the Washington Nationals. “Nobody gives us a chance. So, we can’t lose.”
It’s the only attitude he can take, and it comes to him naturally. Through sheer resourcefulness, Redmond, 41, created a 13-year major-league career for himself and won a World Series in the process.
“I was always an underdog,” said Redmond, who is known as “Red” by his friends in baseball. “I heard, ‘This guy is a career backup; he won’t be around long.’ I hit .320. They said, ‘He can’t hit righties.’ Eventually I hit righties. They said I was done in 2005. I played five more years.
“I think it’s a perfect fit. I can relate to these guys.”
...Juan Pierre, who was Redmond’s teammate in 2003 under manager Jack McKeon and is back on the team as an outfielder, said he always figured the analytical, personable catcher would one day become a manager.
“He was a funny cat, and it’s still in him, but he has to be in charge now,” Pierre said. “I’ve had all kinds — Jack, Ozzie, Joe Torre, Dusty Baker — and I think Red is a younger guy who can help the younger players so they won’t feel overwhelmed. He’s not that far removed from playing. A guy like Jack — he’s old school. He doesn’t understand iPads or iPods. Red is part of our generation.”
Posted: April 01, 2013 at 01:51 AM | 6 comment(s)
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