The Marlins have every intention of firing Mike Redmond – in 2018.

That's when – if owner Jeffrey Loria has his druthers – the club will hire an 87-year-old Jack McKeon to manage the club for a day. That would put McKeon on par with the legendary Connie Mack who was that age when he called it a career.

"He's got one thing in mind" President David Samson said. "He wants to beat Connie Mack's record and he wants to manage when he's 87. I've told him and Jeffrey has told him he will get that chance. He will be able to manage and break the record and he works very hard to make sure he can."

The subject came up Sunday when McKeon and several members of the 2003 World Series championship team were on hand for a 10th anniversary celebration. McKeon before Sunday's game presented the '03 alumni with champagne bottles specially inscribed for the occasion.

Two months removed from undergoing a triple-bypass McKeon was as spright as ever. The only thing missing on McKeon who turns 83 in November was his trademark cigar.

"Toughest part of the whole thing" said McKeon of kicking the habit. "I hate it but if I got a warranty for 20 more years I don't mind giving them up."

Some of McKeon's former players love the idea of him putting on the uniform again in an official capacity in 2018.