He’s a great story – perfect copy for the ink stained wretches. You know the drill: He was asked to become a coach in 1998, somehow was called up in 1999, became one of the better back up catchers in the game liked to walk around naked, etc. etc.
He may be a pretty good manager. He probably won’t show that in Miami.
Already, some of the columnists have slathered on the Sherman T. Potter brand Horsehockey (with extra bullshit for flavor) about how Redmond will restore ‘chemistry’ and ‘cohesion’ to the clubhouse.
That. Was. Not. The. Problem.
Let me rephrase so you all understand:
IT’S THE FRONT OFFICE YOU DINGLEPHWATTS! NOT THE MANAGER!
Sure, a case could be made that a couple of the coaches should have been zapped. Well, one (Randy St. Claire, since I don’t think Ozzie was really a fan of his anyway).
But no manager in the game today (or perhaps ever) could have managed that bunch to the playoffs. The deficiencies were too great. The margin for error was too large. In fact, Moe Green Loria’s minions even admitted that they needed some players to repeat their peak performances in order to do well.
They were counting on each player’s zenith! That’s not a recipe for a winning ballclub. Yes, you count on players to improve, but you also factor in declines.
Now Redmond walks into the same mess. He’s got a team with few power sources, shaky on-base skills, defensive issues, and a weak farm system. What’s worse is the fact that Moe Green and his minions probably won’t spend much at all to help improve the team. Who’s going to play third? Can Solano really handle second for 140+ games? What’s the backup plan if Ruggiano comes back to earth? Can Bonifacio really play center? Where’s LoMo going to play, and has he plateaued?
I think the pitching will be OK. Not great, but OK. But this team has to score runs to win and they’re not going to with this bunch.
Again, Redmond may be a great hire. It’s baseball, and weird things happen (Baltimore and Oakland, step right up). The Marlins probably won’t finish last again. Odds are, though, they won’t finish close to first again. And odds are, Redmond will have to prove how good a manager he his in another city.