Thing 2: One of my favorite Mike Redmond stories comes from 1999, his second year in the big leagues.
He was supposed to serve as the backup to Jorge Fabregas, the former University of Miami standout who'd been brought in to be the starter. However, Fabregas got off to a dreadful start at the plate, and Redmond slowly began playing against right-handers as well as lefties.
Fabregas eventually grew so frustrated, he'd become visibly upset in the dugout every time the lightly regarded Redmond got a hit.
"Not again!" Fabregas would mutter under his breath and sometimes loud enough for teammates and coaches to hear openly.
By season's end, Redmond not only had outperformed Fabregas, with a .381 on-base percentage to Fabregas' .289 -- but he wound up being that year's primary catcher (278-260 edge in plate appearances).
Fabregas was released late that August and wound up a bit player on the Braves' last World Series team that fall.
Redmond played another five years for the Marlins and won a World Series ring in 2003.Copyright © 2015, RedEye