The Miami Marlins, turning the page quickly once again in the absence of immediate results, have hired little-known Mike Redmond as their new manager.
A year after putting the club in the hands of high-profile Ozzie Guillen, fired after the team underperformed and failed to make the playoffs, the Marlins management have gone to the other extreme and taken on someone who spent the past two years managing Class A teams in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
Redmond, a former major league catcher, had not been a candidate for a big-league job until the Marlins interviewed him last week.
The 41-year-old signed a three-year contract and will be presented at a news conference Friday at Marlins Park as the team's fifth manager since 2010.
After Thursday's announcement, Guillen sent his successor well-wishes on Twitter, saying he is a "good baseball man" who will have "great guys" to work with in Miami.
Guillen was fired on Oct. 23 as manager of the Miami Marlins, who finished last in the National League East after starting the season with high hopes for a pennant.
Besides failing to meet expectations on the field, Guillen provoked outrage in the city's large and powerful Cuban-American community by expressing grudging admiration for the survival skills of Fidel Castro.
"After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie," the Marlins' president of baseball operations, Larry Beinfest, said last week in a statement.
The Marlins posted a record of 69-93, nothing like what club owner Jeffrey Loria expected when he hired Guillen away from the Chicago White Sox and spent $191 million to acquire talented free agents.
Guillen was brought in to preside over the Marlins' first season in their new $634 million stadium.
Once it became clear the team would not reach the playoffs, Marlins management put some of its stars on the trading block, including starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante, who ended up with the eventual American League-winning Detroit Tigers.
The 48-year-old Guillen managed the White Sox to victory in the 2005 World Series. EFE