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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Tim Redman caught a president, a peanut and pitchers over six pro seasons; Made AAA

Tim Redman caught a number of people over his six season playing career, both during games and before them

In 1992, at AAA Louisville, he caught both a president and a peanut, President George H.W. Bush and Mr. Peanut, according to The Associated Press.

"I understand he (Bush) was a pretty good ballplayer himself," Redman told The Associated Press after catching the ceremonial first pitch from the president during a Bush trip to Louisville. "It was more exciting than catching Mister Peanut who I caught when he threw out the first ball earlier this year."

While Redman caught at AAA that year in 1992, he never got the chance to catch anyone in the majors. That season at Louisville proved his last. He then went on to a brief career as a coach.

Redman's career began in 1987, taken by the Cardinals in the eighth round of the draft out of Georgetown College in Kentucky.

Redman started with the Cardinals at short-season Erie. He hit .221 over 55 games. He then played 1988 at short-season Hamilton, then 1989 at Hamilton and single-A St. Petersburg.

He returned to St. Petersburg at high-A in 1990. He singled and scored in a July game, then knocked in a run in an August game. He hit .242 in 79 games at St. Petersburg and got another nine games at AA Arkansas. He went 7 for 23 at Arkansas.

He then played 22 games at Arkansas in 1991 and his 1992 campaign at Louisville saw him get into just seven, to end his playing career.

Redman soon started his coaching career. He coached at rookie Johnson City in 1994, then short-season New Jersey in 1995. 

At Johnson City, Redman spoke with author Hank Davis for his book "Small-Town Heroes" about expectations as a coach - he didn't feel cut out for the way of life to coach long - and about the end of his playing career.

"Yeah, I've gone about as far as I was going to go as a player," Redman told Davis of the end of his playing career. "I got as far as AAA. That's not bad."

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,980
Made the Majors:1,325-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,655-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:542
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329

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