Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mum is the word from Reds in regards to Barry Larkin, David Bell, and Jim Riggleman

Barry Larkin, David Bell, and Jim Riggleman were three names that quickly surfaced as candidates for the Reds coaching job after Dusty Baker was fired last Friday. However, none of the three have yet to receive any word from the team regarding the vacancy. But that doesn't mean they aren't interested.

In fact, each of them have expressed an interest in discussing the gig if given the opportunity.

“I’d certainly talk to them,” Larkin told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Larkin currently serves as an analyst for ESPN and gained managerial experience by coaching the Brazilian national team in the World Baseball Classic this spring. The Cincinnati native is definitely more known around this area for his prowess as a player, though. In 19 seasons with the Reds, Larkin was a 12-time All-Star, 9-time Silver Slugger winner, 3-time Gold Glove winner, and a World Series champion.

Bell currently serves as the third base coach for the Cubs after previously managing Triple-A Louisville. Bell remains under contract in Chicago, but would love the chance to interview for the managerial job in Cincy.

Meanwhile, Riggleman is one of two confirmed internal candidates being considered for the position. He has spent the past two years managing Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville after resigning his post with the Washington Nationals at the end of the 2011 campaign amid contract disputes. He told Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon on Tuesday that he hasn't heard from the club, either.

“If I am on the list, it would be flattering in itself. I would look forward to talking to them,” Riggleman said.

The other internal candidate, and odds on favorite to win the job, is pitching Bryan Price. Unlike the aforementioned three, he has admitted that the Reds have contacted him about the opening.

The only other person who has reportedly talked to the organization about the job is former Red and current Yankees broadcaster Paul O'Neill. But O'Neill seems like an unlikely fit given the fact that he has no managerial experience on his resume.

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