Naming Mike Redmond as the next manager of the Miami Marlins came as a surprise to many considering his complete lack of Major League managerial experience to date. What most failed to recognize, however, is that for many teams the remainder of the coaching staff is often just as important as who is managing the team. Looking to give Redmond a quality staff around him, the Marlins hired Rob Leary to be the team’s new bench coach. The hiring of Leary, formerly a coach within the Cleveland Indians organization, was first announced on Twitter by the Indians organization.
Leary does have some prior ties to the Marlins, having worked within the organization from 1995 through 2001 as an advance scout and roving catching instructor. Prior to this hire he had been Cleveland’s minor league Field Coordinator after nearly ten years with the Boston Red Sox as an instructor and first base coach.
Once a high school teammate of Barry Bonds, Leary’s playing career was not nearly as highly regarded as his old lineup mate. The former catcher appeared in 256 minor league games over five seasons, batting a combined .225/.303/.316 with 10 HR and 76 RBI over 789 plate appearances. He saw only two trips to the plate above Double-A in his career, spent entirely in the Montreal Expos organization.