Friday, October 11, 2013

Audio: Paul O'Neill discusses Reds job in interview with Dan Patrick

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that former Red and current Yankees broadcaster Paul O'Neill had talked to Reds ownership about the vacant managerial job.

On Friday, O'Neill went on the radio with Dan Patrick and confirmed that he has spoken with the club.

“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."

The 50-year-old also reiterated his desire to manage the team he once helped lead to a World Series title.

“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 opportunity 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.”

This aforementioned part of the interview where Patrick and O'Neill talk about the managerial job comes between the 3:04 and the 4:30 mark of the video clip.

For what it's worth, and it may not be much, I would be shocked if the Reds decided to go with O'Neill as their manager. Aside from the fact that he has no managerial experience to his credit, there are a number of more qualified candidates to fill the role. Namely, pitching coach Bryan Price, who seems to be the favorite to inherit the gig at this point.


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