Who will manage the Reds in 2006? Will Jerry Narron “earn” the nod from Texas crony Dan O’Brien? Will O’Brien hit the pavement himself? Who else might be a candidate?
We’ve heard speculation Jim Leyland and Lou Pinella, and dreaming about Joe Torre and Davey Johnson.
I have my own pet idea – if Jim Tracy is fired by the Dodgers (possible, though he signed a 2-year contract extension after last season), he’d be a nice candidate. I think he’s an excellent manager, and he’s a Hamilton native and was in the Reds organization for several years in the 80s and 90s (Chatt. Mgr 89-91; Minor League Field Coordinator 1992).
I don’t know if anything would really make a difference – I’m beginning to notice that the one constant through 10 years of futility is John Allen – but Tracy’s a nice thought.