To no one’s surprise, the Reds hired former Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty as a special advisor to team president and chief executive Bob Castellini. Says Castellini:
We are fortunate to be able to add to our baseball department someone who has had as much success in the game as Walt,” said Castellini. “Clearly, he is a proven winner and his experience will be invaluable to me and to our entire organization.
“He wants to keep his hand in baseball this season. When you have the chance to hire someone with his credentials, you have to take advantage of that opportunity. We’re doing everything we can to improve our franchise.”
Say what you want about Jocketty, but during his 13 years at the helm of the Cards, they won 7 division titles, two National League pennants, and one World Series. I’ll take that record over the next 13 years.
Wayne Krivsky will stay on as General Manager, but I wouldn’t be too comfortable if I were him. There is no suggestion whatsoever that Krivsky is on his way out, but this just reminds me too much of the situation when Jim Bowden kept two or three potential managerial candidates (Bob Boone, anyone?) around as “special advisors.”
Krivsky’s job is probably safe for now, but another 90-loss season would spell doom, methinks.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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