Larkin on managing: “Not at this point”

Reds great and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin was hired as a roving Minor League infield instructor on Friday and met with the assembled media at Double-A Pensacola. Courtesy of the team’s blog, Hook, Line and Sinker, I have a few of Larkin’s comments for you.

On the possibility of managing a team in the near future?

Larkin: “Not at this point, I don’t think. I manage the national team in Brazil. I really enjoyed that, but I enjoyed the fact that after the tournament was over, it was over. I’ve still got kids that want Dad to be there, so managing in the big leagues is a pretty substantial commitment and one that just my schedule doesn’t allow for at this time. … I interviewed for the Tampa Bay job. I talked to [general manager David] Dombrowski about the Tigers job last year. But I just don’t feel like I’m ready for that type of commitment. If I’m going to dive in, I need to be all in, and I’m just not quite at that point yet.

On the goals and description of his new role for the Reds…

Larkin:

“I like it. Player development has always been something I’ve been interested in. I really appreciate the Reds reaching out to me and asking me to be part of, really in charge of kind of helping to raise the level of their middle infielders.

[In] Forty years, I guess, in Cincinnati, there were two shortstops: myself and Davey Concepción. And since my retirement [after 2004], there’s been kind of a revolving door. Zack Cozart, hopefully, can be the shortstop for many, many years. There’s Brandon Phillips, the second baseman. Hopefully, we will have a surplus of strong defensive, offensive-minded middle infielders in this organization.

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hopefully he can teach these young guys the fundamentals they need to know before getting to the reds. how to move a runner along and knowing how to bunt would be a big help.

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