MIAMI (AP) -- Now that he has followed Jim Leyland's advice, Mike Redmond believes he's ready to manage in the major leagues.
The former catcher had his first interview for a big-league job this week when he met with Miami Marlins officials in New York City. Redmond spent the past two years managing Class A teams in the Toronto Blue Jays' system.
Redmond says Leyland once told him that to manage in the majors, he needed minor-league experience. Leyland -- now in the World Series with the Detroit Tigers -- was Redmond's first big-league manager with the Marlins in 1998.
Because of Redmond's ties to Miami owner Jeffrey Loria and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, some consider him the front-runner to replace Ozzie Guillen.