The Miami Marlins began the interview process for a new manager Wednesday, starting with former Lansing Lugnuts manager Mike Redmond, who is considered the frontrunner for the job.
Redmond, who played for the Marlins for seven seasons, managed last year’s Lugnuts to the Midwest League Championship Series, which they lost to the Quad Cities River Bandits. He was named the Midwest League Manager of the Year and Baseball America dubbed him the league’s best managerial prospect.
Redmond managed the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays in 2012, leading them to the playoffs, where they were swept out in the first round by the eventual Florida State League champion Lakeland Flying Tigers.
In addition to managing the Lugnuts in 2011, Redmond’s Midwest League roots include playing for the Kane County Cougars in 1993 and 1994. He batted .254 in 135 games with the Cougars.
Other candidates reportedly under serious consideration to replace Ozzie Guillen are San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus, a longtime major-league catcher, and Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price.