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Continued: 'Miracle' Mike's tale

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 17, 2007 - 7:02 PM

Donnelly was stunned. He remembers Leyland saying, "He's in the big leagues, isn't he?"

So on May 31, 1998, Redmond started at catcher against the Brewers.

First at-bat against Scott Karl? Single.

Second at-bat? Single.

Third at-bat? Home run.

Said Redmond: "I remember sitting in the tunnel at County Stadium, going, 'Did that just happen? Did I just go 3-for-3 in my major league debut?'"

He finished the year batting .331, and Leyland made the "Miracle on 199th Street" comment, referring to the address at the Marlins' home field, then named Pro Player Stadium.

Baseball insiders still refer to Redmond as a future manager. But after hitting .311 and .341 his first two seasons with the Twins, he continues to prove that his post-playing career can wait.

He won a World Series with the Marlins in 2003. He returned to the playoffs last year with the Twins. And his story continues to inspire players all across the sport.

"I've told many guys, this is why you don't give up this game until they pull the jersey off your back," he said. "Because you never know what can happen."

Joe Christensen • jchristensen@startribune.com

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