No news (yet)
I’d love to send you all off for the weekend with some exciting scoop on the Reds managerial search. The day is still young but I truthfully have nothing very exciting.
That doesn’t mean nothing is happening, of course. Reds GM Walt Jocketty is out in Arizona right now for organizational meetings and to watch the Arizona Fall League. Pitching coach Bryan Price lives in Arizona. Reds CEO Bob Castellini has business dealings in Arizona. It makes too much sense that if an interview for Price is going to happen, it would happen in … Arizona.
*It’s not a big deal that the Reds haven’t moved faster on this. The playoffs are going on and teams generally try to avoid making news so not to take the light off of the postseason. None of the other clubs with vacancies — the Cubs, Mariners and Nationals — have done anything either.
*Former Reds and Yankees star Paul O’Neill just went on the Dan Patrick Show this morning. O’Neill reiterated his desire to manage the Reds.
“Every once in a while, you see opportunities that just seem like ‘boy that would be really, really cool.’ I don’t know where this is going to go, but sure, if it was talked about or I had an opportunitiy to sit down with Mr. Castellini, I would definitely be interested in managing this team because I think this team can win and that’s basically what it’s all about.”
Have the Reds contacted O’Neill?
“I’ve talked to some people in the organization, obviously, I live here in Cincinnati. But I don’t think they will do anything — this is kind of the prized time in baseball for fans to sit back and watch the playoffs and try to keep other things out of the news.”
*Finally, I had to post this video link of an umpire who called a strike three with “whoomp, there it is!” It’s courtesy of the instagram account of former pitcher Mark Mulder, currently an ESPN analyst. He got it from ex-teammate Bobby Crosby’s brother I believe. I can’t stop watching this five-second video and maybe you won’t be able to stop either.
Click here to watch