From the Post:

Signaling a shakeup in the Reds’ developmental staff, assistant director of player development Grant Griesser and minor league field coordinator Tim Naehring have been told they will not be with the organization in 2008.

General manager Wayne Krivsky declined to comment Monday evening and would not confirm or deny any changes in the Reds’ organizational staff. But Griesser and Naehring both confirmed that they had been told they would not return.

“This is the time of year, just like with everyone else, we are evaluating,” Krivsky said. “The changes that may or may not be made, I’m not in a position to say tonight. I’m not in a position to confirm or deny.

“We’re in a time of year – once the minor league seasons are over – where all 29 other clubs are evaluating. At the appropriate time, we’ll make the announcement that we feel is appropriate. I cannot confirm or deny anything. When the time is right for us, we will announce things.”

Griesser has held his position since November 2000. Griesser said he was told on Monday that he would not be with the team next season and declined further comment.

Naehring spent the 2001-2005 seasons as the Reds’ director of player development. A Cincinnati native, he played eight seasons for the Boston Red Sox. As minor league field coordinator, he was the Reds’ top-ranking on-field instructor in the minors.

“I know what I brought to the organization for a number of years,” Naehring said Monday night. “I’m disappointed. I’m from Cincinnati, I’ve done a lot for this community, I’ve done a lot for the Reds. I’m very happy for what the minor leagues were able to do, I’m happy what players I signed personally – like Javier Valentin, Norris Hopper and Ryan Freel – were able to bring to the organization. I’m very happy for Jay Bruce and I thought we had a very good year in the minor leagues.”

Since taking over as general manager before the 2006 season, Krivsky has reshaped the Reds’ front office. After last season, director of player development and international operations Johnny Almaraz resigned, as did long-time scout Larry Barton Jr., who had harsh words for Krivsky after ending his tenure with the Reds following 38 years.

The fact that Krivsky continues to push guys out of this organization concerns me, as I have no faith in his choices, nor see any sign of a “plan” to turn this organization into a winning franchise.

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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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6 Responses

  1. Daedalus

    “The changes that may or may not be made, I’m not in a position to say tonight. I’m not in a position to confirm or deny.”

    Krivsky could be a politician, esp. one in the current administration! I’m pretty sick of all the secretive stuff. Although maybe it isn’t secretive at all. Maybe he just doesn’t know what the heck he’s doing. Maybe he’s just firing at random. Maybe there is no plan… 😯

  2. Sultan of Swaff

    Here here. Only a weasel would fire someone and then not own up to it. He could be the smartest guy in baseball, but he won’t get any respect operating that way. I bet he blames the dog when he farts too.

  3. Chris

    Rosecrans has the press release on his blog. In addition to Naehring and Griesser, 5 other dudes got the axe (and one retired):

    In other player development news, the Reds announced they will not renew the contracts of assistant director of player development Grant Griesser, field coordinator Tim Naehring, extended spring training coordinator/roving instructor Rick Burleson, roving hitting instructor Jim Hickman, outfield/baserunning coordinator Lynn Jones, Billings coach Ricardo Cuevas or Chattanooga manager Jayhawk Owens…Chattanooga pitching coach Grant Jackson is retiring.

    Add this to the two guys they fired in Billings a couple weeks back, and I’m pretty comfortable saying there’s been an almost-complete purge of pre-Krivsky development personnel.

    One one hand, I’m hardly attached anyone associated with an organization that has a 506-609 record over 2001-07.

    On the other, I agree with Bill, Daedalus and the Sultan — Wayne Krivsky has hardly earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to back-office manuvering or personnel decisions.

  4. GodlyCynic

    I want to be angry at Krivsky just for the fact that I do not trust him, but, really, the farm system has been a disappointment for years. Even if these people weren’t all part of the problem, it’s likely that they were not really a part of the solution, either.

  5. Bill

    But it’s started to turn around the last 3-4 years, with the help of the guys that Krivsky has fired.

    Who has he drafted that looks to be on the level of a Bailey, Bruce, Votto, or Cueto? No one that I can see.

    You can talk about Stubbs, Watson, Valaika, and Turner, but all struggled at times this season.

    Votto struggled at Sarasota, but that’s a pitcher’s league and  many attribute his struggles to the “take a strike” rule, since he’s been amazing at AA and AAA.

    Bailey wasn’t outstanding at Dayton, but the piggyback pitching system has been blamed by lots of the minor league pitchers for inflated numbers. He was great at Sarasota and Chattanooga, before being more “average” this year at AAA and struggling with the Reds.
    Bruce and Cueto have been outstanding at all levels..and are young for their levels.

  6. Andy

    I think firing Naehring is a mistake. He will re-surface somewhere (Boston is my guess) and we will regret letting him go.