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Marlins looking for a “new voice” after firing manager Mike Redmond

Mike Redmond (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

With the 2015 baseball season moving along daily and certain teams getting off to slow starts, managers on the hot seat were a daily topic.

Ron Roenicke of the Milwaukee Brewers was rumored to be the first to get fired and he was.

The second name was Mike Redmond of the Miami Marlins due to the fact that management went out and made trades and spent money in the off-season to give the team a chance to challenge the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

On Sunday, Redmond learned his fate after a disappointing 16-22 start to the 2015 season. The Marlins also let his bench coach, Rob Leary go after the team was swept by the Braves.

The Marlins entered the season with high hopes, but got off to a 3-11 start. Miami then rebounded and improved to 12-12 on May 2. But since then, the club has played inconsistent , going 4-10 after the latest sweep by Atlanta.

The club will announce Redmond’s replacement at an 11 a.m. ET news conference on Monday and rumors suggest that the new manager could be Dusty Baker, former manager Jack McKeon, current third base coach Brett Butler, special assistant to the GM Jeff Conine. Tony Perez and Andre Dawson also work in the Marlins’ front office.

The 44-year-old Redmond, who replaced Ozzie Guillen after the 2012 season, had his contract extended through 2017 before the final game of 2014 where the Marlins improved by 15 wins, and finished 77-85.

The former major league catcher inherited a young team that went 62-100 in his first season. Overall, he finishes with a record of 155-207.

President of baseball operations Michael Hill said, ”Really, we’re just looking for a new voice.”

 

 

Former utilityman Miguel Cairo filling in as Reds coach for ailing Mark Berry

Miguel Cairo (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

For those fans who watch the Cincinnati Reds baseball games on television, and thought they spotted former utilityman Miguel Cairo on the bench, you’re not mistaken.

Cairo, who played 17 seasons in the majors, was hired as a special assistant to the general manager after retiring after last season, his third with the Reds.

Cairo is serving as the team’s bench coach for third base coach Mark Berry when he is unavailable while undergoing cancer treatments.

During Spring Training games Reds manager Dusty Baker brought Berry into the dugout and inserted his regular bench coach Chris Speier into the third base coaching box.

Cairo certainly has the qualifications to be a coach having played for several top-notch managers, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Baker.

 

Reds manager Dusty Baker suffered a mini-stroke last week in Chicago; will return for St. Louis series

 

Dusty Baker (file photo)

It has been discovered that Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker suffered a mini-stroke last Friday while the team was in Chicago. That ailment was on top of the irregular heartbeat that put him into the hospital two days earlier to get checked out.

The 63-year-old former outfielder returned to Cincinnati on Sunday after being released from a Chicago hospital. He spoke to the team on Tuesday night before their 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Bench coach Chris Speier is running the team in Baker’s absence.

Baker is under the care of a neurologist and a pair of cardiologists.

The timetable for Baker’s return to the bench is for the final three games of the regular season against the Cardinals in St. Louis on October 1-3.

The Reds have already wrapped up the National League Central Division championship and are readying themselves for the upcoming playoffs.

THE CINCINNATI REDS ISSUED A STATEMENT FROM DUSTY BAKER:

While in Chicago on Wednesday, Reds manager Dusty Baker was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, commonly referred to as an irregular heartbeat. As he was being discharged on Friday, he suffered a mini-stroke and immediately was treated by the hospital’s stroke team, which minimized the effects of the stroke.

Dusty returned to Cincinnati on Sunday, and his condition has improved dramatically. His Cincinnati neurologist, Dr. Joseph Broderick, and cardiologists, Dr. Dean Kereiakes and Dr. Daniel Beyerbach, expect Dusty to make a full recovery and return to the dugout, possibly as soon as the season’s final series next week in St. Louis.

Dusty said, “While at Wrigley Field I was blessed to have our trainer, Paul Lessard, have the good sense to call in Cubs team physician Dr. Stephen Adams, who examined me in the clubhouse, immediately determined how serious by condition was and personally rushed me to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Broderick and Dr. Kereiakes are going to make sure I’m ready to handle the duties of managing before I return full time. My family and I are very grateful for the support we’ve received the past few days from Mr. Castellini and our ownership group, Walt, our friends, the baseball family and especially Reds fans. I’m feeling much better, and it’s great being back here in Cincinnati. Chris Speier and my staff are doing a terrific job, and I look forward to getting back to the dugout.”

 

Info compiled from MLB.com, MLBpressbox.com, Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Surprise Reds call-up is lefty Tony Cingrani from Double-A Pensacola

 

Everyone expected the Cincinnati Reds to call-up speedy infielder Billy Hamilton from Pensacola. But that is not going to happen.

But one of his teammates and one of the Reds’ other top prospect pitchers is coming to Cincinnati for September.

The surprise call-up is left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani from Double-A Pensacola. Cingrani was 10-4 with a 1.73 ERA in 26 games, including 25 starts, for Pensacola and Class A Bakersfield.

Tony Cingrani (courtesy of Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

Cingrani will essentially be taking the place of lefty Bill Bray in the bullpen.

Bray has made eight rehab appearances for Triple-A Louisville. He allowed three runs and five hits over 1 2/3 innings on Saturday.

Reds manager Dusty Baker says Cingrani will be the  extra lefty in the bullpen, along with Sean Marshall and closer Aroldis Chapman. It also means  Bill Bray might not be back this season.  Bray has been on the disabled list with a back muscle strain since July 31.

Slumping Bruce getting a couple days off by Dusty Baker

 

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker saw his rightfielder Jay Bruce have a tough night on Thursday at the plate against the Chicago Cubs and decided a change was needed.

Bruce hit .213 in July and has not done any better by batting .200 in August. He’s hitless in his last 12 at-bats with seven strikeouts. And that means Baker will give him a rest for the next two days.

Jay Bruce (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Xavier Paul started in rightfield on Friday with Justin Germano pitching. With Travis Wood, a lefty throwing on Saturday, Chris Heisey should get the start.

Even with Bruce in a slump and the Reds star player, Joey Votto out of the lineup since July 16 with a knee injury, the team is still controlling the National League’s Central Division by 2.5 over Pittsburgh and 4 games over St. Louis.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

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