According to the report, Redmond, 41, received a three-year contract, and the Marlins also have rehired Perry Hill to be their first base and infield coach. The Marlins fired Guillen in early October after he completed the first year of a four-year, $10 million contract.
Over the course of his 13-year career as a major-leaguer, Redmond held down a .287 batting average and knocked in 243 runs.
Known for his spectacular glove and crazy off-the-field antics, Redmond played seven years (1998-2004) for the Marlins and helped them win the World Series in 2003. He caught 446 games with the Marlins, second in franchise history to Charles Johnson’s 582, and had numbers of .284, 11 home runs and 132 RBIs while he was with the team.
“He is going to be very good, he’s a former catcher who was paying attention,” a former boss with another team told CBSSports. “He’s really good with players and understands pitching well.”
Redmond retired from the game in 2010 and has spent the past two seasons managing in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system. This past year, he managed at Single A Dunedin.
SB Nation notes that under Redmond’s leadership, Dunedin finished the 2012 season with a 78-55 record and won the North Division of the Florida State League. Redmond’s Dunedin team also finished the 2011 season with a winning record.