In 1999, when I was working for The Sun in Baltimore, the Orioles hired Sammy Ellis to be their seventh pitching coach in seven seasons.
I wrote a column in which I mostly declined to refer Ellis by name, calling him No. 7 instead. There was no point in getting too familiar. And sure enough, Ellis lasted only one season.
Which brings us to the Miami Marlins' hiring of Mike Redmond to be their fifth manager in less than three years and eighth in less than 10 -- counting Jack McKeon twice and not counting Brandon Hyde, who managed only one game.
With all due respect to Redmond, who is highly respected and admired within the game, there is only one proper thing to call him:
The Marlins will prattle on about how Redmond signed a three-year contract, but pay them no mind. Ozzie Guillen had a four-year contract. Joe Girardi had a three-year contract. Look where it got them.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria can offer reasons for every change -- an employer can always find reasons...