Mike Redmond, who spent the first seven of his 13 big-league seasons with the Marlins, will be brought in to interview for Ozzie Guillen’s old job.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro calls Redmond “a strong frontrunner” for the job. He says Reds pitching coach Bryan Price is also getting consideration.
Redmond spent this season managing Single-A Dunedin in the Blue Jays’ system. The 41-year-old retired two years ago after hitting .287/.342/.358 with 13 homers in 2,264 at-bats with the Marlins, Twins and Indians. A backup catcher, he never started more than 74 games in a season.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: