The former catcher who managed the Marlins beamed at the mention of the former catcher who will manage them next.

"Mike Redmond is special. I really love him," said Jeff Torborg, who managed Redmond and predecessor Ozzie Guillen as players. "If Ozzie had to go, I was delighted to see Red get the job. He'll be an excellent manager for years to come."

Torborg, who guided the Marlins from 2002 until he was replaced by Jack McKeon early in the 2003 championship season, participated in Saturday's Joe DiMaggio Legends Game at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. It was a bittersweet gathering of former major-leaguers with the announcement that the 25th anniversary of the charity game will be the last.

"Sad. It's everybody's favorite trip. It's for a wonderful cause and they're glad to do it," said former Yankee Phil Linz, the utility infielder famous for upsetting manager Yogi Berra by playing his harmonica on the team bus following a doubleheader loss in 1964.

The finale event, played before a crowd that packed the main grandstand, is expected to raise about $600,000 for the pediatric oncology unit at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood. The deteriorating condition of the stadium since the Baltimore Orioles moved their spring training base after 2009 is the primary reason organizers decided to make the 25th legends game the last.