JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Mike Redmond got his first win as a big-league manager on Monday. He beat former teammate Juan Pierre to the Miami Marlins' spring clubhouse.
Redmond arrived at work around 5 a.m., getting to the spring training facility about an hour before Pierre, a notorious early riser. They weren't the only ones eager to get to camp, as slugger Giancarlo Stanton arrived later in the morning, a few days earlier than his required appearance date.
The Marlins know external expectations for this season may be low, but their level of excitement as spring training dawns is high. It's Redmond's first season as the Marlins' manager, and he acknowledged that he gravitated toward his old spring-training locker out of habit on Monday.
Redmond says to describe him as excited "is an understatement."
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