That sentiment is common among the new managers, which is understandable since new managers tend to join teams that have been lousy. Also taking over clubs that finished last in 2012 are Walt Weiss in Colorado, Bo Porter in Houston and John Farrell in Boston.
Terry Francona takes over fourth-place Cleveland. John Gibbons is back for a second managerial stint with Toronto, which also finished fourth but has high hopes in the AL East after landing a bounty in a trade with the dismantling Marlins.
While Redmond comes to the majors from Single-A, Weiss made an even bigger leap. A year ago he was at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo., guiding his son’s team to a 20-6 record and the state semifinals.
The former big league shortstop will try to turn around a club that endured a franchise-worst 98 losses and finished last in the NL West.
“There’s a clear vision of what we’re trying to do,” Weiss says. “We keep talking about trying to build an atmosphere where players can thrive, where they respect each other, they respect the staff, they trust us.”
Porter, another first-time big league manager, takes over a team that was the worst in the majors each of the past two years, going 111-213. He previously was the third base coach for Washington, which led the majors with 98 wins.
“We don’t have many established major league players,” Porter says. “At this time next year, I want that number to be greatly increased.”
The Red Sox, coming off a 69-93 season that was their worst since 1965, turned to their former pitching coach. Farrell was with the Sox in 2007-10 before leaving to manage the Blue Jays for two seasons.
Farrell says the experience of having to make “hundreds of decisions” every day as a manager has been invaluable.