The Miami Marlins have already begun their hunt for a new manager to replace the fired Ozzie Guillen. The search apparently began last night, when leading candidate and former Marlins backup catcher Mike Redmond interviewed for the position, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel.
Mike Redmond interview with #Marlins for managerial post tonight.— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) October 24, 2012
Redmond was managing the High-A Dunedin team in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, and the Marlins would still have to get permission to interview and hire Redmond, but that is not expected to be an issue. Redmond is in his first season as the manager of High-A Dunedin, having replaced Clayton Dresslough in the organization. Redmond played seven seasons with the Marlins, having accumulated 1504 PA with the team and hit .284/.348/.362 with the team.
At the moment, Redmond appears to be the frontrunner for the organization, as mentioned by Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
He also mentions Bryan Price, a former minor leaguer in the Seattle Mariners organization, as a potential candidate. Price at the moment is the pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds and has had pitching coach experience with the Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks as well.
The Fish, of course, are considering other candidates, but a few of the folks who matched their descriptions of a manager who lacked major league experience have mentioned that they are not interested in becoming managers at the time. That list includes former Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell and Mr. Marlin himself Jeff Conine, who was suggested by our own Brian Mati last week.
Other candidates that the Marlins are likely to consider include Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, former catcher and current special assistant to the San Diego Padres Brad Ausmus, and former Marlin and current San Diego Padres bench coach Rich Renteria.
Personally, none of these names seem particularly appealing one way or another, as it is impossible for me or any other layman to differentiate from one managerial candidate to another. With the team being unable to consider Mike Lowell or Jeff Conine unless they have a change of heart with regards to managing, the best remaining candidate seems to be Tim Wallach or Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr, both of whom have been considered for a number of other managerial positions. Still, a tie to the organization like the one Redmond has is at least somewhat appealing, especially since Redmond was a player during the current front office's regime. While Conine would be the best option in terms of someone who knows the front office very well given his position as special assistant to team president David Samson, anyone with a connection to the team may be able to better fit within the apparently strict structure under team owner Jeffrey Loria.
No matter what is said about the manager search now, all we ultimately know is that the Marlins will not consider candidates that will come at a steeper cost. Guys like the recently deposed Bobby Valentine will not receive consideration. The team simply cannot afford to pay two expensive managers for only one managerial service.
The search will continue and the Marlins will eventually find their man. Whether or not this move makes a difference remains to be seen.