Redmond pitches to Trevor Story in last night’s Home Run Derby.
Former Humboldt Crabs player and current Colorado Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond took part in the MLB Home Run Derby last night.
Redmond pitched to Rockies star shortstop Trevor Story, who was eliminated in the first round with 20 home runs.
“Did you know Rockies coach Mike Redmond, who was featured in tonight’s MLB Home Run Derby, is a former Humboldt Crab?” the Crabs shared on social media last night
According to the Crabs’ Instagram post, Redmond played catcher alongside longtime Crabs Manager Matt Nutter in the mid-‘90s.
Redmond went on to have a successful 14-year MLB career, playing for the Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland’s baseball team.
He won a World Series with the Marlins in 2003. That same season, Redmond notoriously pulled the Marlins out of a slump by taking batting practice naked on numerous occasions.
“Ballplayers do some strange things. I did them naked,” Redmond told USA Today in 2012. “I had to break a losing streak, so I did it by taking batting practice in the cage wearing nothing but spikes and batting gloves. And the next thing I knew, I was doing it seven or eight straight days.”
Redmond also went on to serve as the Marlins’ manager from 2012 to 2015. Listen to legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully tell Redmond’s story in the video embedded below.