Joe Girardi, who was the Reds’ top choice for manager according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, has withdrawn himself from consideration for the position. This is according to a tweet from Rosenthal at 5:34 p.m. Eastern time today.
The tweet said Girardi will remain with MLB Network for now, but that he still wants to manage in the future.
This presumably means that Brad Ausmus and David Bell are the two remaining finalists. In a subsequent tweet, Rosenthal called Bell the favorite now for the position, but pointed out that he is a candidate for the manager position with other teams.
Tom Mitsoff is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio. He lived a teenage life atypical of most his age by prioritizing following the Reds. At one point in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tom kept complete scorecards on more than 1,000 consecutive Reds games. Now that adult life has forced him to move on from his beloved Southwest Ohio, he follows the Reds daily through MLB.TV and other online media sources, including Redleg Nation.