Underestimate Mike Redmond at your own peril

Miami Marlins' new manager may be low-profile, but he always seems to surprise

Mike Redmond led Dunedin to the Florida State League playoffs in 2012

Mike Redmond led Dunedin to the Florida State League playoffs in 2012 (October 24, 2012)

Here's what the Marlins won't be getting with Mike Redmond as their next manager.

Marketing sizzle.

An outsized personality suitable for cable TV reality shows.

The experience of having managed a World Series winner somewhere else.

Instant relevance with even casual baseball fans in a crowded South Florida sports market.

Then again, when the Marlins introduce their 41-year-old former backup catcher as Ozzie Guillen's low-wattage successor Friday afternoon, they won't be getting any of the following either:

Profanity-laced monologues with the cameras rolling and the team logo in the background.

Extensive breakdowns of the geopolitical merits of foreign dictators.

An ego so massive it bumps against the roof at Marlins Park.

Blunt suggestions the front office take a flying leap when it dares to enter the manager's office after a tough loss or mentions potential lineup changes before the game.

Daily reminders of the manager's fat bank account and complete willingness to spend his golden years in Spain, counting his money and attending bullfights.

Confession: I will miss some, if not all, of the above now that Ozzie has been dumped and replaced with basically the Anti-Ozzie.

Ozzie was fun. And great for those in my profession.

There's no denying that.

Still, what if the Marlins got this hire right the way they have so many others?

These, remember, are the same bosses who gave Joe Girardi and Fredi Gonzalez their first chances to run a major league team. Both men have gone on to do quite well in the Bronx and Atlanta, respectively, since getting fired here.

Speaking of Fredi, the Marlins' last winning manager came up in a discussion I had Thursday with a long-time scout who watched Redmond manage the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays for about 10 games this year in the Florida State League.

"He reminded me of Fredi Gonzalez," the scout said. "I don't know if [Jeffrey] Loria will like that, but that's what I saw."

How so?

"Just the way he ran the games," the scout said. "Controlled, balanced, very even-keeled. You could tell he was very knowledgeable and had his team very prepared for every situation. Just a very professional approach."

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