The Marlins interviewed only three other candidates after speaking to Redmond: Reds pitching coach Bryan Price, Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and former Phillies and Padres manager Larry Bowa. Beinfest thanked all those candidates for “excellent interviews” before adding: “But there was only one manager for the job, and we’re quite happy today.”
Redmond, who was accompanied to Marlins Park on Friday by his wife Michele and sons Michael and Ryan, does have experience winning.
Aside from the World Series ring he won as a backup to Pudge Rodriguez in 2003, Redmond managed Single A Dunedin to a 78-55 record and first-place finish in the North Division of the Florida State League in 2012. He was also named Midwest League Manager of the year in 2011 after leading Single A Lansing (Mich.) to a 77-60 record and an appearance in the league finals.
Redmond, who was preparing to go deer hunting with a friend near his home in Spokane, Wash., when he got the phone call from Loria with the news he had been hired, credited Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and former Marlins managers Jack McKeon, John Boles and Jim Leyland as big influences. Redmond said he has taken something from each and will wear No. 11 — not because it was the number Leyland wore when he won the World Series in 1997 — because of the connection it has to his wife’s grandfather.
Redmond has part of his staff filled out. Former bullpen coach Reid Cornelius has been retained, former infield coach Perry Hill is returning after a one-year hiatus and will coach first base, and third-base coach Joe Espada will return and work with the outfielders. Hitting coach, bench coach and pitching coach are spots that still need to be filled.
“When I lift this thing up and think about this, I smile,” Redmond said of his World Series ring. “There’s so many guys who were a part of this team that care about this organization and want to see this organization get back in the right direction, the championship direction.
“When I put this ring on, I laugh. I think about everything. Dontrelle Willis, Miguel Cabrera. Mike Lowell hitting a home run in the playoffs. So many characters on that team. ... I know on the bench we were weren’t the most talented group of guys, but we only cared about one thing — and that’s winning. That’s what I’m all about. Winning. Whatever it takes to win — whether it’s drawing a walk, getting hit by a pitch, playing unselfish baseball. If it’s bunting. Whatever it takes to win.”