Miami Marlins: Why The Newly Hired Mike Redmond Won’t Do Any Better Than Ozzie Guillen
Friday November 9th, 2012
Jake Dal Porto: If the Miami Marlins fired Ozzie Guillen with the intention to improve the team, they are going to find that replacing Guillen will not make much of a difference. Perhaps Mike Redmond, the newly hired Marlins’ manager, has other thoughts on the topic. But realistically, a new face at the helm cannot improve a lethargic Marlins’ roster that was constantly tinkered with throughout the season.
Michael Hill, Miami’s general manager, twinkled with high hopes before the 2012 season with a couple of blockbuster moves that seemed to change the shape of a team that hadn’t posted a winning season since 2009. These moves in particular—-signing free agent Jose Reyes, signing Mark Buehrle, and signing Heath Bell. Reyes churned a sub-par season, compiling a .780 OPS. The upside is the fact that he stayed off the disabled list, a rarity indeed. For such a hefty contract though, (6-years, $106 million) it’s safe to assume that Hill and his team envisioned a bit more production out of the all-star shortstop.
As for Buehrle, he was his typical self, totaling a 3.74 earned run average while piling up 202.1 innings. Buehrle’s knack to gobble up innings has been a signature trait of his for the past decade, and the southpaw didn’t break that trend this past season. So, no harm done with that particular signing.
But the biggest bust of the aforementioned trio, was the signing of Bell, the former all-star closer for the San Diego Padres. In fact, “bust” probably isn’t even the right term to describe his inflated 5.95 ERA, a career worst mark by a wide margin. Do not forget the multiple occasions in which his closer’s job was washed down the drain in favor of a much less experienced alternative.
Marlins’ management presumably takes the fault for the Bell signing, not Guillen. While it is too earlier to dismiss Reyes’s dependability for the future and Buehrle to remain an innings eater, positive results seem foreseeable given their respective track records. And to clear up any confusion, managers do have a say in potential transactions, but the owners put the final stamp of approval on any deal because, well, it’s their team. In this case, Guillen seemingly got trapped into a corner.
So now, the Marlins owe Bell and Guillen $15 million over the next three years, but the catch is that both are not wearing the Marlin orange anymore, as Bell is now Arizona’s problem, and Guillen got the hook in late October.
So, welcome Mike Redmond, who finds himself in the middle of a rather depressing situation that will be hard to flip positive in the near future, barring any substantial additions. And to make his job even worse, Redmond possess no significant edge over Guillen with the exception respect, something Guillen never possessed, especially after the comments he made about Fidel Castro. Bell, himself, had this to say about Guillen per ESPN, “It’s hard to respect a guy that doesn’t tell you the truth or doesn’t tell you face-to-face.” It wouldn’t be a bold statement to say that most of the team felt the same way.
Perhaps Redmond could pry a page out of White Sox manager Robin Ventura’s book. Ironically, Ventura followed in Guillen’s tracks. Despite a late season collapse, Ventura clearly gained the respect of Chicago’s clubhouse and fan base. A playoff berth would’ve been nice, but remember, this was a team that was expected to sit in the cellar. But the one flaw to Redmond becoming a second-coming of Ventura, is the fact that the Marlins simply don’t have as much talent as the White Sox have.
Hill dangled a cornerstone piece in Hanley Ramirez at the trade deadline this past season and ended up moving him to the Dodgers. Sure, Ramirez had his ups and downs in a Marlins’ uniform, but he was still a building block with plenty of talent to carry a team. Simply put, Miami has too many holes to fill, and Redmond can’t do much about it, other than manage a depleted squad to the best of his abilities. Basically, winning shouldn’t be expected.
While Guillen’s firing seemed destined, a new face isn’t going to change the Marlins’ outlook because they are still the same team. The only thing that will differ is the fact that South Beach is now more hungrier than ever with a new stadium going to waste and the emergence of the Washington Nationals in the N.L East.
Sure, it was a move that had to be done. But it’s not going to make much of a difference in the standings.
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Jake Dal Porto is a Baseball Writer with MLB reports and a student from the Bay Area. Jake’s favorite sports moment was when the Giants won the World Series back in 2010. He loves to use sabermetrics in his work. He thinks they are the best way to show a player’s real success compared to the basic stats such as ERA, RBIs, and Wins. Jake also enjoys interacting and debating with his readers. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @TheJakeMan24
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Posted on November 9, 2012, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis and tagged baseball, hanley ramirez, heath bell, jose reyes, manager, mark buehrle, miami marlins, mike redmond, mlb, ozzie guillen, robin ventura. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.