From the Enquirer:
Cincinnati Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini today announced the resignation of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Allen, effective December 31.
Allen will not be replaced. His duties will be reallocated within the existing organizational hierarchy.
“John has been the backbone of this organization for 13 seasons and did great things for the Reds and for the city of Cincinnati,” Castellini said. “He left his imprint here in countless ways. We, and Reds fans everywhere, appreciate his contributions to our team’s legacy.”
He added, “For the past two years, John has proved to be invaluable to me. It is an understatement to say that I will very much miss his effective hard work and the loyalty he extended to this franchise and to me personally. This was a decision made solely by John. He and his wife, Anna, have opted to move back to their home state of Kansas, where they have many activities and much family that is dear to them. I have asked John, and he has agreed, to stay with the Reds as a consultant to direct our Spring Training location efforts”.
There is more, but it’s mostly historical stuff on Allen’s tenure.
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.