|Ex-Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen tweets congratulations to successor Mike Redmond||11.02.12 at 11:35 am ET|
One week after firing Ozzie Guillen, the Marlins named former major league catcher Mike Redmond as their new manager Thursday.
Redmond, who managed Class-A teams in the Blue Jays’ system, signed a three-year contract and becomes the Marlins’ fifth manager since 2010.
Interestingly, 13 of the 28 current major league managers (two spots are still open) have catching experience in the majors or minors. Former Sox catcher Jason Varitek’s name was floated as a possible coaching choice in Boston.
Redmond was .287 hitter in 13 seasons, including seven years for the Marlins, and was a part of World Series team in 2003.
Former manager Guillen tweeted his well-wishes for Redmond
congrats mike redmond for u new job good luck buddy u have great guys going to play for you
Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison tweeted that he spoke with his new skipper by phone.
Just talked to our new manager on the phone. Sounds like a great guy.
The Marlins scheduled a press conference Friday to formally introduce Redmond.
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Rangers to build statue honoring fan who fell to death||08.16.11 at 7:40 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, Game 1, 1:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, Game 2, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Rangers president Nolan Ryan announced Monday that the team will install a bronze statue outside Rangers Ballpark honoring Shannon Stone, the 39-year-old firefighter who fell to his death after catching a ball at a game last month. The statue will depict Stone and his 6-year-old son, Cooper, at the park.
“I got to thinking about what we as an organization could do, and I felt like this was only appropriate,” Ryan said. “I want fans, when they come in, to see it and remember Shannon and Cooper, and also the fact that they represent what I think we’re about. That’s making memories for our fans.”
Said Jenny Stone, Shannon’s widow: “Our hope is that this statue will not be a symbol of our family tragedy but rather a reminder of the importance of a family’s love — love of each other, love of spending time together, and love of the game.”
♦ The Marlins recently demoted Logan Morrison to Triple-A, apparently due in part to his outspoken manner. Morrison is fond of using Twitter and other formats to speak his mind about team matters. At Yahoo! Sports, Jeff Passan laments that outspoken baseball players are a dying breed.
♦ Peter Raaymakers at SB Nation admits to enjoying hockey fights, but after the recent deaths of former enforcer Bob Probert at 45 and Rangers brawler Derek Boogaard at 29, he’s questioning whether he should. Writes Raaymakers: We nevertheless ask these people to make massive sacrifices to their mental and physical health purely for our entertainment.
♦ Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 most memorable NFL holdouts. No. 2 is the 1977 holdout of Patriots linemen John Hannah and Leon Gray. No. 1 is top overall pick Bo Jackson passing on the Buccaneers in 1986 and playing baseball until re-drafted the following year by the Raiders.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 16, 1978, which Red Sox pitcher won his 200th career game, outdueling Angels ace Nolan Ryan for a 4-2 victory?
|Report: Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison calls out Hanley Ramirez||06.22.11 at 11:06 am ET|
According to a Marlins team source, before Monday’s game Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison ripped shortstop Hanley Ramirez for arriving so much later than everyone else. He also told him that’s why he was batting .200 this season. Morrison would not comment, saying it was a clubhouse matter.
Ramirez did not respond directly to Morrison’s comments but he was seen barking to no one in particular once Morrison left the room. Ramirez did not play Monday night. New interim manager Jack McKeon said it was because he didn’t like the way Ramirez ran a day earlier but made no reference to Ramirez’s tardiness. He was back in the lineup Tuesday night.
Ramirez was signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in July 2000 and was traded to the Marlins in 2005 with Aníbal Sánchez for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota.
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