From the Field: Mike Redmond

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I have been a big Mike Redmond fan for years.  Not really sure why it started–it might have been a video game thing while I was looking for a good backup catcher.

He was signed by the Marlins as an undrafted FA in 1992, and spend six years in the minors before getting called up in 1998. He did not really light the world on fire in the minors, so nobody was expecting too much when he got the call.

Redmond would spend the next 13 years in the majors, playing for the Marlins, Twins and Indians. He was strictly a backup catcher, never getting more than 272 at bats in any season. He was also a great pinch hitter, since he had some amazing platoon splits: in 1468 at bats against righties, he was a career .266 hitter with a .32 OBP and .645 OPS. Vs Lefties? 796 at bats, .325 AVG with a .380 OBP and .802 OPS. So if Redmond could have ever figured out RHP he would have been a All-Star.  Still, 13 year career is nothing to sneeze at, and he did get a World Series ring with the Marlins in 2003.

Year Age Tm AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+
1998 27 FLA 118 2 12 5 16 .331 .368 .826 122
1999 28 FLA 242 1 27 26 34 .302 .381 .732 93
2000 29 FLA 210 0 15 13 19 .252 .316 .616 61
2001 30 FLA 141 4 14 13 13 .312 .376 .801 111
2002 31 FLA 256 2 28 21 34 .305 .372 .758 103
2003 32 FLA 125 0 11 7 16 .240 .302 .614 63
2004 33 FLA 246 2 25 14 28 .256 .315 .656 74
2005 34 MIN 148 1 26 6 14 .311 .350 .742 96
2006 35 MIN 179 0 23 4 18 .341 .365 .778 103
2007 36 MIN 272 1 38 18 23 .294 .346 .699 89
2008 37 MIN 129 0 12 5 11 .287 .321 .655 78
2009 38 MIN 135 0 7 11 19 .237 .299 .588 58
2010 39 CLE 63 0 5 2 10 .206 .242 .512 44
13 Yrs 2264 13 243 145 255 .287 .342 .700 86
162 Game Avg. 480 3 52 31 54 .287 .342 .700 86
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/14/2013.
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