Justin, On Narron and the Firing:

His biggest fault, at least as I’ll remember it, is a general lack of consistency. He certainly did things that bothered the heck out of me, like using Juan Castro and Chad Moeller as pinch hitters an inordinate number of times, putting too much stock into small sample size-matchups or lefty/righty platoons, playing favorites among players, etc.

But in the end, while I’m sure many will disagree with me, I don’t think he was all that bad of a manager. He seemed to have good control over the clubhouse and seemed to be a good communicator, something that was in stark contrast to his predecessor, Dave Miley (though I’m sure we’ll see some criticism from players and media in the coming days). He was an advocate for his players in the media. He seemed good about trying to keep certain players rested (particularly Junior), and keeping his bench players “fresh.” And he did understand at least some of the key lessons from statistical research (particularly OBP and SB%), even as he ignored others…

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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  1. I agree that Narron tried to be too tactical at times and it backfired. He was not a good manager (the record is what it is), but he was not as bad as his record implies either. You can only do so much with a bullpen as atrocious as the Reds’. How many managers would be above 500 with this team? Not one. Several would be solidly above 400, however. It is time to rebuild and an overhaul is necessary and the GM’s office has got to be where the next action lies.

  2. I agree that he seemed able to hold the clubhouse together, but is that because there are no clubhouse leaders on the team with any fire that want to fight for wins? It seems that complacency reigned in his clubhouse, which isn’t really what a good team should have.

    Also, I have to disagree about his understanding of statistics right after you mention that he relied on small sample sizes for l/r platoons and kept using players with bad stats that he liked over players who actually had a chance to come through. In addition, the Reds stolen base percentage is in the bottom half of the majors and he called for sac bunts every single time he had a runner on first. That does not show any understanding of statistics.

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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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