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Monday, April 01, 2013

Robertson: Mike Redmond a perfect fit as Marlins manager

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.”

Repoz Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:51 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jason Michael(s) Bourn Identity Crisis Posted: April 01, 2013 at 04:56 AM (#4400637)
“I heard, ‘This guy is a career backup; he won’t be around long.’

Well, he was a career backup, although a pretty good one. Sort of a poor-man's Ryan Hanigan - fewer walks and solid, but not great, defense. I think he'll be a great fit for the Marlins as long as he doesn't voice his inevitable frustrations with Loria.
   2. bobm Posted: April 01, 2013 at 07:09 AM (#4400645)
’ 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.

                                     
Year   Age  Tm  Lg   G   PA   AB   BA
1998    27 FLA  NL  37  129  118 .331
1999    28 FLA  NL  84  278  242 .302
2000    29 FLA  NL  87  235  210 .252
2001    30 FLA  NL  48  158  141 .312
2002    31 FLA  NL  89  290  256 .305
2003    32 FLA  NL  59  141  125 .240
2004    33 FLA  NL  81  273  246 .256
2005    34 MIN  AL  45  159  148 .311
2006    35 MIN  AL  47  190  179 .341
2007    36 MIN  AL  82  298  272 .294
2008    37 MIN  AL  38  137  129 .287
2009    38 MIN  AL  45  147  135 .237
2010    39 CLE  AL  22   68   63 .206
13 Yrs             764 2503 2264 .287
162 Game Avg.      162  531  480 .287
                                     
FLA (7 yrs)        485 1504 1338 .284
MIN (5 yrs)        257  931  863 .297
CLE (1 yr)          22   68   63 .206
                                     
NL (7 yrs)         485 1504 1338 .284
AL (6 yrs)         279  999  926 .290


Mike Redmond Year-by-Year splits: vs RHP as RHB

                                                     
I           Year   G   PA   AB   BA BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
            1998  23   63   55 .236  .283    46    64
            1999  67  169  150 .300  .346    92    90
            2000  55  147  129 .209  .225    70    42
            2001  39   95   85 .271  .293    67    87
            2002  81  212  186 .312  .350   105   118
            2003  41  104   90 .211  .238    79    55
            2004  75  211  190 .279  .304   112    91
            2005  36   97   90 .289  .325    90    96
            2006  42  115  109 .275  .323    62    71
            2007  74  198  184 .277  .305    78    74
            2008  28   68   64 .297  .322   109    92
            2009  38   92   85 .188  .235    65    36
            2010  18   56   51 .196  .244    94    41
    Career Total 617 1627 1468 .266  .299          84



   3. valuearbitrageur Posted: April 01, 2013 at 11:07 AM (#4400793)
He's a perfect fit for the Marlins, he is willing to work cheap.
   4. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: April 01, 2013 at 11:48 AM (#4400827)
Juan Pierre's back on the team? Here's hoping for another 150 hits on his way to 3,000!
   5. Walt Davis Posted: April 01, 2013 at 05:01 PM (#4401431)
Red is part of our generation.

I'm not sure Pierre realize which generation he (Pierre) is in.
   6. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 01, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4401448)
Juan Pierre isn't a sportswriter, we don't get to endlessly nitpick his statements for any hint of inaccuracy.

Anyway, Mike Redmond (born 1971) and Juan Pierre (born 1977) would both be considered "Generation X" by many people's definitions. They were both playing in MLB in the years 2000 through 2010, including two years as teammates. What more do you want?

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