The Rockies announced on Wednesday that Mike Redmond has signed with the club as a bench coach.
Redmond, 45, was the Marlins’ manager from 2013-15 but the club put up a lackluster 155-207 (.428) record, leading to his dismissal 38 games into the 2015 season. He had previously managed Single-A Lansing in 2011 and High-A Dunedin in 2012, both in the Blue Jays organization.
Redmond will be working under new Rockies manager Bud Black, who was hired on November 6.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers and Dodgers have had discussions about a potential Ian Kinsler trade. As Morosi notes, Kinsler has a partial no-trade clause.
Kinsler, 34, has one year and $16 million remaining on his contract. He’ll earn $11 million in 2017. In 2018, his controlling team has a $10 million club option with a $5 million buyout clause. The veteran had an outstanding 2016 campaign, batting .288/.348/.484 with 28 home runs, 83 RBI, 117 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 679 plate appearances.
The Dodgers need a second baseman after losing Chase Utley to free agency and trading Howie Kendrick to the Phillies. Morosi adds that the Tigers are interested in Dodgers 1B/OF prospect Cody Bellinger, rated as the organization’s best prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Update (5:42 PM EST): Here’s video of Scully receiving a call informing him of the news from press secretary Josh Earnest:
Hall of Fame broadcaster and voice of the Dodgers Vin Scully will be one of 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider reports. Scully will receive the award from President Barack Obama at the White House on November 22.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom honors people “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
The White House provided a short biography of Scully on its website:
Vin Scully is a broadcaster who, for 67 seasons, was the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. In Southern California, where generations of fans have grown up listening to Dodger baseball, Scully’s voice is known as the “soundtrack to summer.” In 1988, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Scully’s signature voice brought to life key moments in baseball history, including perfect games by Sandy Koufax and Don Larsen, Kirk Gibson’s home run in the 1988 World Series, and Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run.
Truly a well-deserved honor to Scully who is as much a part of baseball as the players.