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.
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