To say the 2014 season was a lot kinder to the Miami Marlins than the 2013 season is an understatement. After losing 100 games in 2013, the Marlins improved by 15 games to end the 2014 season with 77 wins. Much of that was without the services of their ace Jose Fernandez, who went down with an elbow injury in early May and missed the rest of the season with TJ surgery.
That improvement was however not enough to garner enough votes for Mike Redmond to become Manager of the Year in the National League. Red was not even apart of the top 3 of the voting, which was announced in late October. We were not expecting to hear his name announced today, regardless.
Redmond finished 5th among mangers in the NL in voting, according to Joe Frisaro:
Red did recieve 1 first place vote, not surprisingly from a Marlins voter:
I have never been a huge fan of Mike Redmond’s managing style, but I do deserve he needs more credit than he got. While managers play a very small roll in the final outcome of wins and losses for teams, they are the ones that set the tone for the ballclub before they take the field.
While I have no major gripe over where Red finished in the MOY voting, infield coach Perry Hill took exception to the voting:
Good for Hill for sticking up for his manager. Red may not be the best manager in the NL, but his players and coaches do seem to care a lot about him.