3 candidates to be next Philadelphia Phillies manager

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 5: Manager Buck Showalter
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2. Mike Redmond

Redmond got a pretty raw deal when he was manager of the Miami Marlins, as he was fired by owner Jeffrey Loria 38 games into the 2015 season after getting a contract extension at the end of the previous campaign. He is now in his first season as bench coach for the Colorado Rockies under manager Bud Black, and Redmond could be an under the radar candidate for any upcoming managerial openings.

Immediately after retiring as a player in 2010, Redmond managed the Single-A and High-A affiliates in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization. In 2011, his first season as a manager, he won Midwest league Manager of the Year as Low-A Lansing posted the best record in team history. After managing the 2012 season at High-A Dunedin, the Marlins came calling for 2013.

As a former catcher that wasn’t a star player, Redmond fits a fairly common mold we’ve seen with big league managers. Mike Scioscia, Bruce Bochy, Bob Brenly and Joe Girardi are a few examples that have had good success. Coincidentally, Girardi also felt the wrath of Loria after one reasonably successful season (78-84) as Marlins manager on his way to winning National League Manager of the Year in 2006.

Redmond will get a second chance as a major league manager eventually. Perhaps that opportunity will come in Philadelphia.