In what can only be described as news from the proverbial left field, there is a report coming out of New York claiming that Yankees broadcaster and former Red Paul O'Neill has spoken to Reds owner Bob Castellini about the managerial opening.
Breaking news: sources say Yankees announcer Paul O'Neill has spoken with Reds owner Bob Castellini about the Reds' vacant managerial job.Up until Wednesday, O'Neill's name hadn't been tossed around much (if at all) in regards to the Reds job. So, this report definitely comes as somewhat of a surprise.
— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) October 9, 2013
Drafted by the Reds in the fourth round of the 1981 Amateur Draft, O'Neill spent eight seasons in Cincinnati from 1985 to 1992 and played a key role in helping the Reds win the World Series in 1990. His best years as a player came after he was traded to the Yankees prior to the 1993 campaign, though.
Upon retirement in 2001, O'Neill joined the Yankees YES Network as a broadcaster, where he has spent the last 12 seasons in that same role.
O'Neill has no professional coaching experience under his belt. So, the decision to make him manager of an MLB team seems like a huge risk, especially a team looking to win right now. I would be utterly shocked if the Reds did indeed go with O'Neill as their skipper.