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The next pitching coach is….???

As I wrote in a story on Monday, the Reds efforts to hire a new pitching coach are reaching the interviews stage some time this week while Walt Jocketty presides over meetings in Goodyear, Ariz.

A defined list of candidates isn’t known and unlike the Astros, which revealed their candidates for their managerial vacancy and the schedule for the interviews, Jocketty and the Reds aren’t likely to be as open about the process and will say little until there is a hire.

“We don’t have a timetable but we want to get it done sooner than later,” Jocketty said on Monday. “When we find the right guy, we’ll move on it.”

There isn’t a shortage of pitching coaches without teams — former A’s and Mets coach Rick Peterson expressed his interest already. Former Diamondbacks coach Bryan Price is also out there. As is Chris Bosio, who was the Brewers interim coach this season and until a couple of years ago, was in the Reds minor league system as the coach with Double-A Chattanooga. To the best of my knowledge, former Braves pitching guru Leo Mazzone hasn’t worked in baseball since he was let go by the Orioles. Carl Willis was just fired by the Indians but once presided over pitchers like Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia.

Of course, everyone is waiting to see what Dave Duncan does with the Cardinals.

Inside the organization, Ted Power worked with several members of the staff already at Triple-A Louisville. There is pitching coordinator Mack Jenkins. And then there is Mario Soto, who is well liked but has previously resisted the idea of being a full time coach in the Majors.

Of all the candidates, Duncan would likely be the most costly. It’d be like shelling out millions on a free agent player. You have to wonder what implications that would have on the payroll and the ability to add or keep players. Would that be worth it to you?

In the latest installment of “Fans play the GM,” who would you hire?

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The homestand continues…

I’m back on the job again after taking the Braves series off, so sorry for no new blog posts since Chicago on Thursday. I actually ended up missing the flight to O’Hare but was fortunate to be put on a later one with an alternate airline.

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF

Dickerson LF

Votto 1B

Phillips 2B

Bruce RF

Encarnacion 3B

Hernandez C

Gonzalez SS

Cueto P

News you can use:

Dusty Baker said he spoke to Brandon Phillips, who didn’t hustle out a drive to right field. Phillips thought his fifth inning drive to right field was a homer but it one-hopped at the wall. A would-be double became a single.

“We already addressed it,” Baker said.

Bill Bray (left elbow strain) was in the clubhouse today. He’s been rehabbing at Kremchek’s clinic and will throw a bullpen session tomrrow. Bray hopes to rejoin Triple-A Louisville soon.

Joey Votto, Edwin Encarnacion and Phillips are still the only players to play every inning of every game. Baker has plans to eventually give two of them breaks. Guess who isn’t the one?

“I’ve got something in mind,” Baker said. “But Votto, he doesn’t need an off day. I’ve always been told if a guy is hot, you play him until he stops being hot. You get all you can while you can get it.”

RHP Homer Bailey was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week. As you likely know, Bailey tied a Triple-A Louisville franchise record by notching 15 strikeouts vs. Toledo on Sunday, including stretch of nine in a row. He was 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 18 Ks in two starts last week.

In the they could be jinxing themselves department: The Reds game notes mentioned that the club hasn’t had to make a roster move since the final cuts the day before Opening Day. This is Day 22 of the season and the team hasn’t gone more than 21 days to start a season without a move since May 14 1985 (Day 37), when Alan Knicely and Ron Robinson were recalled and Dann Bilardello and Carl Willis were optioned to Triple-A Denver.

Try using that nugget at the next cocktail party or sports bar.

Speaking of bars, Sister Daedalus and other “displaced Reds fans” in Washington DC are gathering at one to watch the game vs. the Astros on TV. Click here for the details.

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