Three Things to consider as the Miami Marlins introduce their sixth manager in the past 28 months:
Thing 1: Wrote today's column in the Sun Sentinel on Mike Redmond and his chances of success as baseball's youngest active big-league manager.
I have no idea if Redmond will be able to emulate the quick-winning ways of Robin Ventura and Mike Matheny, especially with all signs pointing to more subtractions from an already disappointing Marlins roster.
Will Redmond ever get a chance to manage Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle or Ricky Nolasco? What about John Buck and Logan Morrison?
Jose Reyes seems a safe bet to stay with five years and $96 million left on his contract, but even that could change if the Marlins decide to break it all the way down.
I've already been told by a Marlins person that this year's free agent class -- topped by Josh Hamilton, Zach Greinke and B.J. Upton -- doesn't seem very appealing.
He didn't say if that was because of talent lively (unlikely) or expected price tag (my guess), but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the Marlins to "win" the Winter Meetings again this year.
Roster composition aside, Redmond's personality traits and cumulative experience in the game point to this being an excellent hire.
"There were a couple situations with umpires where there were close plays," said a veteran scout who watched Redmond manage about 10 games last year at Dunedin. "Each time he handled it very professionally. He wasn’t one of those guys with veins popping out of his head. He walked up, was very in control of the situation, and obviously knew how to handle it."