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Report: Phillies, Tigers interested in Mike Redmond as potential manager

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that current Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond is drawing interest from the Phillies and Tigers as a potential manager. Both teams have openings after letting go of Pete Mackanin and Brad Ausmus, respectively.

Redmond, 46, managed the Marlins over parts of three seasons, going 155-207 (.428). He was fired in mid-May of 2015 after the Marlins put together a 16-22 record.

As a player, Redmond played parts of 13 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Marlins and Twins. According to Heyman, Redmond is still well-respected around the game for his managing capabilities.

The Mets also have an opening, but they were not listed as having interest in Redmond. The Phillies’ interest is believed to be speculative at the moment.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.