Colorado Rockies Tab Mike Redmond as Bench Coach
The Colorado Rockies added their first new coach under first-year manager Bud Black on Wednesday.
Mike Redmond has been tabbed as Colorado’s bench coach for the 2017 season. The 45-year-old Redmond served as manager for the Miami Marlins from 2013 to 2015. He was named as the manager of the Marlins on November 1, 2012, and posted a record of 155-207 (.428) in his three seasons at the helm in South Florida.
“We believe that Mike is a great fit for our staff,” Black said. “He brings a lot of intensity and a strong work ethic, and as a great communicator he is able to connect well with players. Mike is a solid teacher with a catcher’s experience, viewpoint and perspective. I am really looking forward to working with Mike.”
It’s expected that Redmond will be an excellent resource for Colorado’s corps of young catchers that include Tony Wolters and Tom Murphy.
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As a catcher, Redmond played 13 Major League seasons, spending the majority of time with the Marlins (seven seasons) but also logging time with the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians. He was a part of the Marlins’ world championship run in 2003.
In his career, he posted a .287 average with 208 runs, 117 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 243 RBI, one stolen base, 145 walks and 255 strikeouts. His most productive season came in 2007 when he had a career-high 298 plate appearances for the Twins. His 38 RBI that season were a career-high.
Defensively, Redmond threw out 32 percent of the baserunners who tried to steal on him. He allowed 382 stolen bases while throwing out 177 baserunners.
After he retired, he began his managerial career in 2011 as the manager of Low-A Lansing (Toronto Blue Jays affiliate) in his first season following his retirement as a player. He was named Midwest League Manager of the Year and was promoted to High-A Dunedin for the 2012 season.
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Redmond, who makes his home in Spokane, Wash., attended Gonzaga University, where he was named a First Team Pac-10 All-Conference Selection in both 1991 and 1992.