Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Reds in no hurry to fill manager vacancy

It's been eerily quiet around the Reds front office since the club fired Dusty Baker last Friday. On Monday, general manager Walt Jocketty broke the silence.

Speaking to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Jocketty revealed that "a lot" of people are interested in managing the Reds, which is either flattering or an indication that the position is truly up for grabs.

“Oh yeah,” Jocketty said. “We’re hearing from a lot people — some who have managed, some who haven’t. We’re hearing from agents.”

A few of the notable names who have been thrown around as candidates include pitching coach Bryan Price, Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman, Chicago Cubs third base coach David Bell, San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus, and even Cincinnati native and Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin.

Jocketty was relatively mum on who the club has or has not talked to about the job, but he did confess that they haven't heard from Larkin, so there is that.

As far as a timetable for the search, it doesn't seem like the Reds are in a hurry to make a final decision anytime soon. Jocketty said the club will compile a comprehensive list of candidates then narrow it down before starting interviews. The interview process is likely to begin next week, which means a manager won't be named until the end of next week at the very earliest. However, a reasonable expectation is to assume Cincinnati will have a skipper in place well before the end of October.

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