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Gardenhire praises Redmond, his former player

MIAMI -- Not long after beginning his first season managing a Major League club, former Twins catcher and Marlins manager Mike Redmond faced his former skipper, Ron Gardenhire. On April 23, the teams split a doubleheader at Target Field.

Redmond played under Gardenhire from 2005-2009.

While Redmond and Miami sported the worst record in the Majors entering Tuesday (25-50), Gardenhire believes in Redmond's potential as the Marlins' skipper.

"[Catchers] see the whole field," Gardenhire said. "They sit back and watch the whole field. They watch where the infielders are moving to. Catchers are always involved in all the meetings and everything. They get to know hitters, they watch what hitters do at home plate.

"He was that. And the way he handled himself, the way the players responded to him and respected him made it real simple to know if he wanted to, that he would get into this side of it."

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for
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