Redmond recants personal experiences

JUPITER, Fla. — Mike Redmond can certainly relate with many of his players.

The 41-year-old Marlins’ manager experienced breaking in with a team that went through a major transition. In 1998, the year after the organization won its first World Series title, Redmond was brought up to the big leagues on a young squad.

Mike Redmond addresses club. (Denis Bancroft/Miami Marlins)

Mike Redmond addresses club. (Denis Bancroft/Miami Marlins)

The 2013 Marlins on Friday began their first full-squad workout with a youthful squad trying to beat the odds.

Before taking the field, Redmond informed his players about his own experiences.

“I talked a little bit about my story and the opportunity that I got in ’98,” Redmond said. “You try to think about opportunity. There is really only so many ways you can talk about it. I felt like, ‘Hey,  I can give a personal experience of an opportunity and how it worked out for a guy in sort of a similar situation.’

” I just kind of told them about my story, and how I came up, and I was fortunate to get to the big leagues in ’98. I reminded them that in my Major League debut that I was 3-for-3 with a home run, in case they had forgotten or didn’t know. It was good. It was fun.”

It’s indeed true. On May 31, 1998, Redmond had  three hits, a homer and he scored twice in a 7-6 loss at Milwaukee.

The overall message the his club was to make the most of the opportunity.

“We’ve got lots of spots open,” Redmond said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys mixed with veteran guys. We are hoping some of these younger guys rejuvenate some of these older guys. We talked about a lot of things. We talked about winning. We talked about being accountable. With the goal of getting this team and this organization back in the direction it was when I played, a winning direction. It was great. It was fun. Now we get down to baseball, which is the fun part.”

The Marlins took the field early Friday afternoon, but rain and wet conditions limited their work. They did get infield drills going. At third base were Placido Polanco and Zack Cox. Adeiny Hechavarria and Nick Green were at shortstop, while Donovan Solano and Chone Figgins fielded grounders at second base. Joe Mahoney and Greg Dobbs were at first.

Kotchman signs: More first base experience is joining Miami in camp. On Friday, Casey Kotchman signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. A left-handed hitter, Kotchman will report on Saturday. The 29-year-old played for the Indians last year. He provides more depth as Logan Morrison has yet to be cleared to run.

Morrison is recovering from right knee surgery.

More on Morrison’s status will be known on Tuesday, when he gets checked out by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo.

Saturday workout: The Marlins will be on the field at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Joe Frisaro

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