The Enquirer writes that OB will return for 2006.

John Allen is quoted as saying:

“Dan’s done everything we’ve asked of him,” Allen said. “He’s a done a good job.”

HUH? The guy was given a $15M increase in payroll and achieved the same results and he did “everthing we’ve asked of him”?
The article talks about the solid years by Aurilla, Weathers, and Mercker and the club’s record (5 over .500) under Narron as having saved his job.

His flops (Reitsma trade, Milton signing, and Weber signing) were all put together in one sentence as if the Weber flop and the Milton flop have the same significance.

Says his mandate was to rebuild the minor league system and Allen says:

“We’re moving along with that,”

I guess keeping him for the final year makes sense with the team being up for sale.

Assuming they bring Narron back, will they give him more than a one year contract?

If you were Narron, would you accept a one year deal from a GM who is on shaky ground, with one year left on his contract, for a team with the majority of the ownership up for sale?

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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  1. ‘No comment’ O’B back for another year of the ‘same old,same old.’

  2. One year deal for Narron, ONLY!

  3. OB can thank Narron for saving his job. Had the Reds continued on the same route ast he first half of the season, I think it would have been certain that OB would have been shown the door.
    Like you, orange and brown, I don’t see the Reds signing Narron to a long term deal. However, if at some point during next season it becomes certain that Narron has righted the ship, let’s show him the money.

  4. I don’t see it happening until they decide what direction they’re going to go at GM and that won’t be decided, IMO, until the ownership issue is settled.

  5. Narron? What about sweet Lou?

  6. Right on, Peter – exactly the point of discussion between Marty and his rotating newsie during the second inning last night. Why not go for something besides, ‘This interim guy seems okay.’ Miley got the job that way, and no one wants a repeat of that end result.

    Off the top of my head, here are some higher-level names that are now or may potentially be available for managerial jobs next year:

    Jim Tracy
    Jim Leyland
    Ken Macha
    Lou Piniella
    Tony Perez
    Jack McKeon
    Davey Johnson

    The list is dominated by four ex-Reds managers, though.

  7. Dear Devil, I’m with you on the list of possible mgr’s. I’d love to see a name guy come into Cincy to provide some luster and show this time how baseball is supposed to be played. (and then reality set in) The thing to always keep in the front of your mind it that the Reds do everything on the cheap. First and foremost, Narron’s the guy because he’ll work for less money. Secondly, I think OB owes him big time. Without Narron, OB would be looking for a job.

  8. Didn’t O’Brien bring in Narron to begin with?

    I’m for Jim Tracy, myself.

  9. I’m not sure who actually brought Narron into the organization. But Narron got here shortly after OB arrived, of course everyone knows the two were together in TX. Tracy would be high on my list too.

  10. Tracy is the guy who’s been playing Jason Phillips at 1B over Hee Seop Choi, who has a similar skill set to Adam Dunn. I don’t think Jim Tracy is the guy we want.

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About Bill Lack

I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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