Kevin Slowey’s first catcher could be his next manager.
Mike Redmond was behind the plate when Slowey made his major-league debut in 2007 for the Minnesota Twins.
“It’s not as weird as it might seem because, you know what, he coached me from the first day,” Slowey said.
Slowey, a 28-year-old control artist who reeled off three consecutive seasons of double-digit wins for the Twins from 2008 to 2010, is trying to make a comeback with the Marlins.
Slowey hasn’t won in the majors since 2010.
“I feel like every baseball player in this clubhouse could tell you injuries he’s had,” Slowey said. “But certainly it’s been a challenge to have my career path sort of veer off to the side because of injuries.”
Slowey was a mainstay in the Minnesota rotation before things went south for him. He went 12-11 in 2008, 10-3 in 2009 and 13-6 in 2010.
Redmond was behind the plate for many of Slowey’s starts, including his very first one on June 1, 2007, in Oakland.
“I remember my first game, going out to the bullpen to warm up,” Slowey said, “and he was like, ‘All right, kid. Let’s go get ’em.’ As the game went along, he did a wonderful job realizing what I needed. Not only did he know the other lineup, not only did he know that stadium, he knew me well enough to know what I needed at what point in the game.”
Kevin Slowey hoping to play for his former catcher, Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond
Miami Herald | Feb 19