SARASOTA, Fla. – Just before spring training, Todd Redmond was thrilled when the Orioles claimed him on waivers from Cincinnati.
The 27-year-old, who’s pitched in just one major league game, couldn’t wait to come to the Orioles.
“You’re always happy when you’re picked up on waivers because that means the other team wants you and it was a good opportunity,” Redmond said.
On Saturday, Redmond pitched a scoreless seventh inning against Minnesota, walking two.
Since 2005, Redmond has been toiling away in the minor leagues, hoping for a chance. Redmond has been in the Pirates, Braves and Reds organizations, and now he has his big hope.
“I definitely want a real opportunity. It makes me hungry no matter what it is,” Redmond said.
Redmond has never pitched in the American League, let alone the AL East.
“To face the competition the AL East is, you can’t ask for anything more except for the challenge. I’m always up for the challenge,” Redmond said.
“I’m looking forward to the season, and hopefully it pans out the way I want it to pan out. If not, I just got to work hard to get up and help the team.”
After eight years in the minors and one day in the majors, last August with Cincinnati, Redmond has sort of seen it all.
“I’ve played against just about everybody in this locker room at one point or another,” he said.
In his career, he’s seen Bobby Cox, Dusty Baker and now Buck Showalter in action.
“He’s been awesome. He’s first class. He makes everybody feel at home. To play for those three guys at one point in your career, not many people can say that,” Redmond said.