Redmond contract extended through 2017
WASHINGTON — The Marlins are in the process of creating stability, and that is carrying over from the field to the dugout. Manager Mike Redmond, wrapping up his second season, is regarded as a rising young manager in the game.
Redmond on Sunday had his contract extended through 2017, and his staff will return in full next year.
The 2014 Marlins remained competitive in the face of tremendous adversity, first losing Jose Fernandez (Tommy John surgery in May) and then Giancarlo Stanton (facial fractures in September).
“It speaks volumes of the job they did, just with the perseverance,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “They’ve taken every blow they were given and kept on moving. I think that’s definitely a credit to the manager, and his staff, and the players in that clubhouse.
“Mike Redmond was an overachiever as a player, and brought that workmanlike, grinder attitude to the field as a player. Those were the same qualities that made him attractive to us as a manager. I think those qualities have rubbed off on his team. We brought in players who have had similar characteristics, because it’s a grind. In a 162-game season, you’re always going to face adversity, no matter who you are. You have to deal with it.”
The Marlins showed the ability to turn the page after every tough circumstance, and became one of the most improved teams in the Majors.
“Your opponents aren’t going to let up on you,” Hill said. “They’re not going to do you any favors. If you’re down, they’re going to try to keep you down. It’s up to those guys and, Red and his staff, to keep our guys up. To keep them prepared. To keep them focused on what they want to do. They’ve done that this year. There has been a lot, and they’ve taken everything in stride, and played their hearts out.”
Marcell Ozuna will remain in a walking boot for a few more weeks as he recovers from high right ankle sprain. The 23-year-old is expected to be fully recovered for Spring Training.
Stanton, who sustained multiple facial fractures after being hit in the face by a pitch on Sept. 11, is still in Miami before he prepares for his vacation.
Derek Dietrich and Rob Brantly are currently in the instructional league at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Dietrich is working at first base, second base, third base and outfield. Brantly is seeing action at first base and third base, along with catcher.
— Joe Frisaro