The Miami Marlins' celebrity manager was a bust, so they went in the opposite direction for the new one.
Mike Redmond, who spent the past two years managing Class A teams in the Toronto Blue Jays' system, was hired by the Marlins to replace Ozzie Guillen.
A former major league catcher, Redmond had not interviewed for a big league job until he met with the Marlins last week. The Marlins announced the hiring Thursday, stating that Redmond signed a three-year contract, and planned to hold a news conference Friday to introduce him as their fifth manager since 2010.
Redmond has no major league managing experience, but his hiring speaks to how former catchers are prized as managers. Thirteen of the 28 current major league managers (two spots are still open) have catching experience in the majors or minors.
Redmond was popular with teammates because of his droll wit, and they still fondly recall him taking batting practice naked in an indoor cage several days in a row to help the 2003 team snap a slump.