From the AP

Cincinnati Reds chief operating officer John Allen flew to Denver and met with manager Dave Miley on Sunday to discuss the direction of the struggling franchise.

Calling the team’s performance this season “unacceptable,” Allen said he didn’t speak directly to the players, but acknowledged changes could be on the way if things don’t turn around soon.

“Certainly the status-quo end result is unacceptable,” Allen said before Sunday’s game against Colorado. “I’m not going to pinpoint names, but I don’t think any of us find this acceptable. We have some very professional players in this locker room that I know are in a lot of misery right now.”

The Reds come home after today’s game, yet Allen felt the need to go out to Denver? Could this be Miley’s last game as manager?

8 Responses

  1. Chris

    Allen was on with Grande and Welsh during the game. I didn’t get the impression that Miley would be fired immediately, but Allen certainly implied that Miley’s job was on the line. The announcers seemed to imply that all-star break was the decision point, and Allen didn’t disagree.

    Allen skipped the Reds 5k race this morning to hop on a flight to Denver.

    This is definitely a big deal, in my opinion.

  2. Peter

    While we’re talking about John Allen…

    I’m a student at Ohio State and to make ends meet I work at a country club near the university. Anyway, as a server/bartender I am privy to all sorts of gossip (most of it uninteresting), but occasionally I hear a real gold nugget. A few weeks ago one of the memebers who used to work for a brokerage firm in Cincy was talking about the Reds and John Allen. He said that when the Reds were interviewing and deciding who to hire as COO they chose Allen not because of his qualifications or baseball know-how. They chose him because he would take the lowest salary of any of the applicants. Now typically, I let the gossip go in one ear and out the other, but I believe this source is extremely reliable.

    I know that most of the readers of this site agree that problems with the Reds are not isolated to the on-field management or the GM, but rather are systemic, so this may just be an affirmation of general opinion, but if this organization is run on the cheap from top to bottom…

    Can we start a “Carl, Please Sell the Reds” Campaign?

  3. Chris

    I believe Allen was hired by Marge Schott in about 1992-93, and his first role was in the financial area of the club. It was only after Marge was suspended that MLB caused (or at least approved) Allen’s ascendence to head of operations.

  4. Peter

    That may be the case, I’m not certain. But in the end it is the owner, not MLB, that determines who staffs the front office and clearly Carl has been complicit in this boondoggle.

  5. Glenn

    This trip sounds pretty ominous to me. The bat boys are probably going to be fired. All you 12 year olds start working on your resumes.

  6. Tyler

    With Marge Schott Hiring Allen, his story makes even moore sence. We’re talking about a women who made Lou Pinella pay for bats he signed and gave to a local charity.

  7. Tyler

    Wow, I just read my post. Apparently I’m illiterate and can’t spell sense or more. Sorry.

  8. Greg

    I, too, was in favor of hiring Miley. He has an excellent winning percentage at every level of the minors he had managed. He seemed to be successful in that capacity.

    Whatever was working for him in the minors is obviously not working in the majors. If he is not fired today, June 6th, on this off day, then this team and organization is just a big joke. Allen thinking that he can scare Miley into being a major league manager is an even bigger joke.