Mike Redmond, the former skipper of the Miami Marlins, has been hired by the Colorado Rockies as the team’s bench coach.
According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Redmond, who managed the Marlins from 2013-15, was hand-picked for the job by new Rockies manager Bud Black.
“I’ve known Buddy Black for quite a while and I’m really excited for this chance to work with him,” Redmond told the Denver Post. “I think this is a good fit, him being a former pitcher and me being a former catcher.”
Redmond’s ties to the Marlins’ organization started well before he was offered the managerial job. Redmond, who was a backup catcher on the Marlins team that won the 2003 World Series, took over as the team’s manager following the 2012 season after Ozzie Guillen was fired. The Marlins went 155-207 under Redmond before he was fired in May of 2015.
Undrafted in the 1992 Major League Baseball draft, Redmond signed with the Florida Marlins as an undrafted free agent on August 18, 1992.
He made his professional debut in minor league baseball with the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League in 1993, and also played for the Cougars in 1994. He was promoted to the Brevard County Manatees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in 1994, and the Portland Sea Dogs of the Class AA Eastern League in 1995. After playing with Portland in 1996, he was promoted to the Charlotte Knights of the Class AAA International League in 1997. Redmond had shoulder surgery in 1997, and was presented the option of playing for Portland or remaining with the organization as a coach. Redmond opted to continue playing, returning to Portland in 1998.
He retired from baseball as a player in October, 2010. In 2011, Redmond managed the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League, the Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.