Former Marlins C says he's ready for managing job

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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.