November 2012

Marlins still searching to complete staff

MIAMI — On Wednesday, MLB’s GM Meetings will get underway in Palm Springs, Calif., and the Marlins still are looking to finalize manager Mike Redmond’s staff.

Miami is in the market for a bench coach, hitting coach and either a pitching or bullpen coach.

Right now, the Marlins have three coaches on staff, infield coach Perry Hill, third base coach Joe Espada and Reid Cornelius.

Cornelius has been the bullpen coach, and he could remain in that capacity unless he is named pitching coach.

A name receiving consideration for hitting coach is Anthony Iapoce, who has ties to the Marlins organization and also to Redmond. But it is unclear if the team has asked the Cubs for permission to interview him.

Iapoce, 39, was the Blue Jays roving hitting coordinator the past three years. Redmond managed in Toronto’s Minor League system the past two season, and the two have a close friendship.

Iapoce also has history with the Marlins. In 2007, he was the hitting coach at Class A Greensboro on then manager Edwin Rodriguez’s staff. And he was the hitting coach for Class A Jupiter in 2008-09. During his time in the organization, he worked with Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton.

Of late, Iapoce has been in high demand. The Cubs on Nov. 1 hired him as a special assistant to the general manager/player development. If he remains in Chicago, he will serve as the team’s Minor League hitting coordinator.

Iapoce was recommended to the Cubs by their player development director Brandon Hyde, who formerly was the Marlins bench coach. Recently, Chicago hired Tim Cossins away from the Marlins, where he was the catching coordinator.

Joe Frisaro

Perez joins Astros staff

MIAMI — To Marlins’ fans, there are plenty of familiar faces on the Astros’ coaching staff.

Former Miami hitting coach Eduardo Perez on Monday was named Houston’s bench coach.

Perez is the third ex-Marlins’  coach to join the Astros.  Houston, of course, is now managed by Bo Porter, who coached third base for the Marlins a few years ago.

And Astros hitting coach is John Mallee, who held the same position on Edwin Rodriguez’s staff two years ago.

The Marlins are in the process of finalizing new manager Mike Redmond’s staff. The only coaches  committed to 2013 are Joe Espada and Reid Cornelius. Espada will coach third base. And Cornelius was the bullpen coach in ’12.

Perry Hill, one of the most respected infield coaches in the game, will return to the organization.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins hire Redmond as manager

MIAMI — The Marlins’ search for a new manager ended where it started, with the hiring of Mike Redmond.

The 41-year-old former big league catcher was the first to interview for the position that was vacated when Ozzie Guillen was dismissed on Oct. 23.

Redmond will officially be introduced as manager at a press conference Friday at Marlins Park.

Redmond sat down with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and members of the front office on Oct. 24 in New York City.

A catcher with the Marlins from 1998-2004, Redmond was Ivan Rodriguez’s backup on the 2003 World Series championship team.

Redmond also played from 2005-09 with the Twins, and his playing career ended in 2010 after he appeared in 22 games with the Indians.

Along with Redmond, the Marlins also interviewed Reds pitching coach Bryan Price, Larry Bowa and Lloyd McClendon, the Tigers hitting coach.

Joe Frisaro