Bill linked to this story below, but I wanted to point out a couple of passages. This may be the most accurate thing that Paul Daugherty has ever written. Kudos to Mr. Daugherty:
Miley was in over his head. He got the managing job because he was loyal, humble and cheap.
Who hired him?
O’Brien hasn’t showed that he’s any better at his job than Miley was at his. O’Brien’s two prize free-agent pitchers – Milton and Ramon Ortiz – throw batting practice two out of every five nights, starting at 7:10. O’Brien signed off on Paul Wilson’s multi-year deal even as he knew Wilson’s shoulder was Spam. And so on. O’Brien looks to be in over his head. He got the general manager’s job because he was loyal, humble and cheap.
Who hired him?
The only constant in the Reds’ five-year losing streak is a well-intentioned man who is in over his head. That’d be chief operating officer John Allen, who keeps his job because he’s loyal, humble and ….
Who retained him?
The same loyal, humble, spectacularly philanthropic and benevolent man. Carl Lindner.
During the dregs of the Lost Decade, people asked me a lot about Mike Brown. What kind of guy is he? For 10 years, my answer was the same: He’s a good man who doesn’t know how to run his football team. I don’t know Carl Lindner well. I know him through his actions. He is a good man. Who doesn’t know how to run his baseball team.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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