Throughout the 2016-17 offseason, Fish Stripes is recapping the Top 100 Marlins to ever appear with the franchise. Using the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) metric, all 523 players were considered, whether they played for the Florida or Miami version of the Marlins. Today’s Marlin, Michael Patrick Redmond, earned a total of 5.3 while with the club as a player.
Redmond, born on May 5th, 1971 in Seattle, Washington, was a 6’1”, 185 lb. catcher. He went undrafted, and was eventually signed through free agency by the Marlins in 1992.
Redmond didn’t get his way up to the major league level until the 1998 campaign, when he backed up starter Gregg Zaun, appearing in 37 contests in total. Redmond hit .331/.368/.458/.826 with 12 RBI through the season, collecting multiple hits in 12 of his 35 starts. He had three hits in his first major league appearance, singling in the second, singling and scoring in the fourth, and adding a solo home run in the sixth inning of a 7-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on May 31st. The Marlins, reeling from the first of three notable “Fire Sale’s” through their history, stumbled to a 54-108 record.
In 1999, Redmond co-manned the backstop with co-number 1 (1A if you will) catcher Jorge Fabregas. The Marlins improved by ten games, to 64-98. Redmond appeared in 84 games and hit .302/.381/.351/.732 with 27 RBI. On June 26th, he singled in the fifth and hit a two-out bases clearing-double in the sixth inning as the Marlins handed the Montreal Expos a 9-3 loss. He would collect multiple hits in 19 of his 74 starts.
Year 2000 would see Redmond split time behind the plate with Paul Bako (56 games) and Ramon Castro (50 games). Redmond played in 87 contests, and slashed .252/.316/.300/.616 with 15 RBI. He only collected two hits in 11 contests out of 65 starts through the season. The Marlins, in the meantime, racked up a 79-82 record.
In 2001, Redmond played in 48 contests and hit .312/.376/.426/.801 with four round-trippers and 14 RBI, backing up reacquired Charles Johnson for the 76-86 Marlins. The Fish enjoyed 11 multihit games out of Redmond over 41 starts, including on June 17th, when he hit a single in the second, a two-RBI double in the fourth, and another single in the sixth inning of a 6-4 triumph over the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays in intrastate interleague action.
2002 would see the Marlins languish just shy of .500 for the third year in a row, going 79-83. Redmond saw action in a career-high 89 games, versus 83 games for Johnson (due to injury). For his part, Redmond hit .305/.372/.387/.758 with 28 RBI, starting 68 times and getting more than one hit 22 times. On May 12th, in an 11-3 Marlins win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, he hit a single, a double, and a home run, scoring four runs and knocking three runs in.
In 2003, the Marlins returned to the postseason by posting a 91-71 record and clinching a wildcard berth. Redmond, backing up Ivan Rodriguez, hit .240/.302/.312/.614 over 59 appearances, with 11 RBI. Redmond only started in 26 games, but had more than one hit eight times. He was used sparingly in Florida’s second World Championship run, going 0-for-1 and scoring a run against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS.
Redmond survived Florida’s second post-postseason exodus, and helped Florida to an 83-79 record in 2004. He played in 81 contests, backed up by Paul Lo Duca (52 games), Ramon Castro (32 games), and Matt Treanor (29 games). Redmond hit .256/.315/.341/.656 with 25 RBI and a stolen base, the first of his career. He started 71 times and had 16 multiple hit efforts. On June 10th, he hit two singles and a double with an RBI in a 4-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians.
After the season, Redmond signed on with the Minnesota Twins, and served as their backup catcher for five seasons (257 games, .297/.339/.359/.699, 106 RBI). He played 22 games for the Indians (.206/.242/.270/.512, five RBI) in 2010 to close out his playing career.
Redmond came back as Miami’s manager in 2013, and spent two seasons and part of a third piloting the team. He posted a 155-207 record as manager.