Yes, it is highly unusual for a Bishop to be transferred to a new diocese with a smaller population and an even smaller number of nominal Catholics. Yet, Birmingham, the new diocese of Robert Baker, the former Bishop of Charleston, includes one specific Catholic institution, which deserves special treatment (for better or for worse).
People were wondering when the diocese that contains EWTN would get a new bishop since Bishop Foley retired in May of 2005 and was subsequently appointed administrator.
I have read nothing but good thing
about Bishop Robert J Baker.
The Bishop is also the author of a novel on the Florida missions and has spoken in my diocese before.
Update: Amy Welborn has some more information on Bishop Baker and she also reminded me that he was originally from my diocese. I had forgotten he was the pastor of Christ the King in Jacksonville, Fl before he became the Bishop of Charleston. He is also the Chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Stewardship. This makes a lot of sense because while pastor of Christ the King he stressed stewardship and because of his efforts was able to make the Catholic school run by the parish free for the parishioners.