MIAMI -- As a player, Mike Redmond belted 13 home runs in a 13-year big league career. But during his interview for the Marlins' managerial job on Wednesday, the former catcher hit it out of the park.
According to a source, Redmond made a very strong case to be the 13th manager in Marlins history.
The 41-year-old, who played for the Marlins from 1998-2004, is a leading candidate to replace Ozzie Guillen, who was dismissed on Tuesday.
The fact that the Marlins reached out immediately to Redmond is another sign that he was at the top of the team's list.
Redmond interviewed with owner Jeffrey Loria and the rest of the front office in New York City on Wednesday. On Thursday, team officials had their organizational meeting, as they are beginning to lay out plans on how to move forward in 2013.
Reds pitching coach Bryan Price also is in the mix.
The Miami Herald reported the Marlins asked the Padres for permission to interview Brad Ausmus, and the paper claimed the former Astros catcher isn't interested.
The signs appear to be pointing in the direction of Redmond, who retired as a player after the 2010 season.
This year, Redmond managed Toronto's Class A Dunedin team.
During his playing days with the Marlins, Redmond was always regarded as a future big league manager. He may indeed be close to filling those projections with Miami.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.