If the Miami Marlins thought Ozzie Guillen was a colorful manager, wait until they meet Mike Redmond -- their new manager.
Redmond, a longtime backup catcher, broke into the majors with the Florida Marlins in 1998. In 2003, when the team was struggling and manager Jeff Torborg was fired, Redmond had a unique way of breaking the Marlins' losing streak.
"Ballplayers do some strange things. I did them naked," Redmond said. "I had to break a losing streak, so I did it by taking batting practice in the cage wearing nothing but spikes and batting gloves."
"And the next thing I knew, I was doing it seven or eight straight days."
The rest is history. The Marlins rallied and won the World Series that year.
Redmond was known as an intense player. Who knows if he will use this technique with the Marlins? It could be great motivation for the players.
Guillen, who was fired after one season with the club, used his Twitter account to congratulate Redmond on his new position.
"congrats mike redmond for u new job good luck buddy u have great guys going to play for you. hope the best for you u are a good baseball man and you will have fun with the players"
Redmond, 41, was given a three-year contract. He spent the last two years managing Class A teams in the Toronto Blue Jays system.
Also interviewed were former major league manager Larry Bowa, former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon and Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price.
Redmond will be the fifth Marlins manager since 2010.
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