Jim Hendry was under strict orders.
This was in August 1992, nearly 10 years before Hendry became general manager of the Chicago Cubs. Hendry, who had left his job coaching at Creighton University to join the Florida Marlins, an expansion team, was in Wichita, Kan., scouting amateurs at the National Baseball Congress World Series.
"You've got $10,000 for the week," Hendry recalls then-Marlins scouting director Gary Hughes telling him. "I don't care if you give 10 guys $1,000 each or one guy $10,000. Sign anybody you want. Go find somebody and learn how to scout."
Hendry found somebody -- somebody good.
Somebody who would play seven seasons with the Marlins and serve a backup catcher on their 2003 World Series championship team. Somebody who would enjoy a 13-year career, then return to the Marlins, after a brief minor league apprenticeship, as their new manager.
Mike Redmond turned out to be a pretty good signing, except for one slight problem at the outset.
Hendry didn't liste...