Marlins extend manager Redmond through 2017

Marlins extend manager Redmond through 2017

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins are striving for franchise stability, and a major step was made in that direction on Sunday when the organization announced it has extended manager Mike Redmond's contract through 2017. The 43-year-old former big league catcher would have been entering his final season of the contract he signed when he took over after the 2012 campaign.

The extension was signed before the Marlins faced the Nationals in their season finale on Sunday at Nationals Park. Redmond, a backup catcher on the Marlins' 2003 World Series title team, met with owner Jeffrey Loria.

"Jeffrey sat down with Mike and expressed to him that his leadership has really helped get this team in the right direction," Marlins president David Samson said. "There was really a unanimous feeling amongst the entire front office.

"Mike Redmond is the perfect leader for this team. Watching our growth, it's just been such a spectacular season. The feeling we have is this team is going in the right direction. This is a great step towards continuing that growth, and continuing as we build towards being one of 10 and making the playoffs, and hopefully winning a third ring for this organization."

The Marlins wrapped up a 77-85 season on Sunday, suffering a 1-0 loss to the Nationals in a game Jordan Zimmermann tossed a no-hitter.

Still, the Marlins made a dramatic improvement in one year, and the club clearly believes it will contend in 2015.

Redmond was hired under difficult circumstances, taking over a rebuilt team loaded with rookies and young veterans in 2013. The club finished 62-100.

"Last year, it all started," Redmond said. "We lost 100 games, and we did it together as a team, with a lot of these young guys. We sat down as a group, as an organization and figured out how we could get better and improve the ballclub. We were able to do that by 15 games in one year, which is not easy to do. We've got a lot of great talent in that room. We learned how to win and how to compete."

This year, the club made tremendous strides, staying mathematically in the National League Wild Card race until nine games remained.

"I realize the guys in that [clubhouse] get a lot of credit for the success of our season," Redmond said. "The coaching staff has helped me out a lot. I'm just excited to continue this process of building this team and this organization in the direction we know is the right one, and to see us making the playoffs. That's what I came here for, to turn this around, and get us back to the playoffs. We want to be where [the Nationals] are headed."

Miami stayed competitive in a season in which its ace, Jose Fernandez, underwent Tommy John surgery in May. And on Sept. 11, NL Most Valuable Player Award candidate Giancarlo Stanton was struck in the face by a pitch at Milwaukee, causing multiple facial fractures.

Through adversity, Redmond kept the club moving forward.

"We're appreciative to Mike," Samson said. "We've known him for a long time. When we brought him in two years ago, we knew we were bringing him into a situation where he was going to grow with the team. We've watched that happen. The team and Mike have grown in lock-step, and we're continuing that path."

The team also announced the entire coaching staff will be back. That includes bench coach Rob Leary, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, hitting coach Frank Menechino, infield/first base coach Perry Hill, outfield/third base coach Brett Butler, bullpen coach Reid Cornelius, bullpen coordinator Jeff Urgelles and Major League administrative coach Pat Shine.

"You talk about continuity and you talk about stability, that's something Jeffrey really wants for this franchise," Samson said. "It's a really good day for the Marlins. It's the perfect way to start this offseason."

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.