MARLINS NOTEBOOK

Andre Dawson lauds passion of Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond after ejection

 

mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

Mike Redmond rarely gets visits from Andre Dawson. Sometimes, he won’t even get a word out of him.

So when the Hall of Fame outfielder and Marlins special assistant walked into the manager’s office Wednesday afternoon, Redmond said he knew it was for a special reason.

“I just told him, ‘I’m impressed, man. I liked that,’ ” Dawson said.

A man of few words, Dawson was, of course, referring to Redmond’s dirt-kicking, profanity-laced tirade that got him tossed by plate umpire Will Little in the sixth inning Tuesday night.

Redmond felt a called strike three against Adeiny Hechavarria — visibly high and inside by replays and pitch tracker — was out of the strike zone. It was one of the many pitches the second-year big-league ump missed for both teams.

Marlins outfielder Reed Johnson, who played for one of the best at getting tossed in Lou Piniella, said if Redmond hadn’t exploded he’s pretty sure Phillies skipper Ryne Sandberg would have.

“He’s obviously into the game and wants to win more than anybody on that field. That’s how he was as a player playing against him. You can see emotions-wise how he’s invested in the game,” Johnson said.

“Sometimes, when you feel like calls are continuously going against you and something needs to be said, he’ll do it. It was a good effort. One of the better efforts I’ve seen in a long time. I know some of the guys on the other side looked like they got a kick out of it as well.”

Redmond said his wife, Michele, and his sons, Ryan and Michael, got a kick out of it. Redmond said he didn’t receive any ribbing from his staff, but did get text messages from a lot of people.

“I didn’t go out there with the intention to do that,” Redmond said of kicking the dirt. “Anger just sort of took over. I don’t even remember what I did, I was so mad. [Pulling my shirt out of my pants], I think it just signified I was officially done.”

First baseman Garrett Jones said Redmond’s ejection fired the Marlins up. He said he had never seen that side of his skipper. Trailing 6-3 at the time, the Marlins eventually lost 6-5, but they had the tying and winning runs on base with two outs in the ninth.

“You’re not going to see too much of that out of Red,” Dawson said. “But when you do, you’re going to document it because it’s always going to be a keeper. Red got his money’s worth.”

JONES STAYS HOT

Jones had four of the Marlins’ six hits in Tuesday’s loss, his first four-hit game since Aug. 13, 2012.

Since May 12, Jones has been on a tear. Entering Wednesday, he had gotten a hit in seven of his previous eight games, batting at a .419 clip with five doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI, and he had raised his average from .238 to .273.

Jones, who had one five-hit game in his career with the Pirates on May 14, 2010, said this is the best groove he has been in at the plate in a while.

“Even a lot of my outs, I’ve hit some balls hard lately,” Jones said. “I feel comfortable. Timing feels good there. Like I said, I just want to maintain it, keep working in the cage to keep it going.”

Jones ranks seventh in the National League among everyday first basemen in OPS (.807). His six home runs are tied for eighth among first basemen in the NL, and his 21 RBI are tied for fifth. Meanwhile, former Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison, traded to the Mariners in the offseason, hasn’t played in a game since April 14 because of a hamstring injury.

• Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich was hit by a pitch for the seventh time this season on Tuesday, tied for the second-most in the majors. He was plunked seven times all of last year.

coming up

•  Thursday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.62 ERA) vs. Philadelphia Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (1-2, 4.40), 12:40 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Friday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (4-3, 2.25) vs. Milwaukee Brewers RHP Marco Estrada (3-2, 3.64), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

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