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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Mackanin press conference

Here's a little bit of Pete Mackanin on Pete Mackanin:

"I'm not a yeller or screamer."

On rules: "You have to show respect for the game. You have to show respect for me. I won't accept lack of hustle. I won't accept sloppy play."

"I'm strict to a certain degree."

"I come in with eyes wide open. This is not a pleasant situation. I'm trying to help get the organization back on track."

"We have components. We've got to get the record to what it should be."


16 Comments:

at 5:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked what I heard, he was well spoken. I liked how he said he will play to our strengths.

 
at 6:41 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Conine cleanup again? Sorry but that's just plain stupid.

 
at 6:41 PM Blogger Mark T said...

We have components?

Was that out of context? What does it mean?

 
at 7:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job on ESPNEWS John.

 
at 7:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy is certainly in a tough spot. If they can't bring in a clubhouse guy next year, hopefully they get a manager who isn't afraid to show some anger.

 
at 7:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Reds' organization is in total disarray. Firing Narron was a good first step in the right direction, but hiring a guy no one has heard of, who has accomplished nothing of note in his career is a very bad decision. He cannot possibly have the respect of the players. Wayne Krivsky's comments suggest he understands he shares some of the blame, but the reality is he just got a very good man (note: man, not manager) fired because of his horrible personnel moves. Bob Castellini should have fired Krivsky, but apparently lacks the courage to do so. Hard to believe that such a hard-boiled businessman could lack courage in this situation. In any case, we are where we are. Krivsky's decision John Doe as his interim guy is further evidence of what a boob he is, but again, we are, where we are. Before addressing where we go from here, let's take a second to applaud the only person in the Reds' organization with any courage: Brandon Phillips. Phillips has the guts to say -- at the expense of his own standing with the players -- what everyone recognizes, i.e., that management coddles some players -- such as Griffey and Hamilton -- who don't hustle, or play the game the right way -- for inexplicable reasons. Griffey pays fans back for this deference by saying, you know, I'd like to retire as a Mariner. Well guess what Ken, some of us would love to see you traded to Seattle now ... so we could get a player who: fields his position, move guys over, throws to the right base, hits the cutoff man, and has true loyalty to the organization. Now, as for the future, the best Reds' managerial candidate is someone no one is talking about ... Joe Morgan. Morgan is a former big Red Machinist, a Hall of Famer, a family man, a person of color, and a brilliant baseball mind who does not suffer fools (read: Wayne Krivsky) lightly. Pessimists will say "you'll never be able to pry Morgan away from the commentating gig." Blah blah blah. Money talks. Offer Morgan a 5-year deal at $5 million per and if he says no thanks, then move on to Plan B (preferably another former Reds' hall of famer (such as Bench). There is so much goodwill out there in the form of former Big Red Machinists not being involved in the organization its simply ridiculous. Why. Apparently because the current owner either doesn't recognize the value added by these guys, or has enough money that he's ok using them as hood ornaments at Spring training, or both. Look, Joe Girardi would make a great manager, but last time I checked baseball was still a business. Are Reds fans more likely to go to games if Morgan or Bench is managing (and Browning, Rijo, Perez and Concepcion are coaching) or some other guys with storied pasts with other organizations. You tell me.

 
at 7:34 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Is there anyone out there that would meet your lofty standards Justin?

 
at 7:57 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Joe Morgan as Reds manager? I like the sound of that.

 
at 7:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Conine's line as #4 hitter this year: .241 batting average. .296 OBP. Conine only has 4HR at the midpoint!!! Stupid decision to put him there -- put him in the #6 or #7 hole.

The Giants don't put Winn in the 4 hole, but the Reds' manager would it appears.... This is absurd.

No wonder the Reds are on pace to lose 100 games. New manager -- same lineup -- if this continues, this new manager can not be the long term solution. The Reds put their worst power hitter, besides Freel and their pitcher, in the #4 hole tonight & for much of this season.

 
at 8:00 PM Anonymous exliof said...

Larkin, Morgan, Torre, Girardi, Frank Robinson, LaRussa, DanH's mother, ANY OF THEM would be far better than Macnarron; they'd know better than to bat Conine CLEANUP!

 
at 8:02 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

But Macaninny, we need a manager who is a yeller and a screamer, there's a good reason why the Pinellas of this world are effective with young, demoralized, undisciplined yet talented teams! I wish someone would scream at you for Conine batting fourth, maybe then you'd wake the heck up!

 
at 8:05 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

DanH's mother knows better than Macaninny that Conine is not a number four hitter, on any planet except the planet of the loser managers!

 
at 9:32 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Actually my 80 year old mother would love to see Pete Rose as manager and I would not mind seeing Morgan either. Both wil not happen. I do agree that Conine is not the best option at #4 but other than JR who on this team is a better option. Gonzo and Dunn too many K's, Phillips probably a #3 with Jr #4. EE too inconsistant at this time. Hamilton maybe next year.

 
at 10:20 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

It's nice to see Macnarron get a win, on his Reds debut night. Phillips and A-Gone had impressive games. As long as we win, batting DanH's mother cleanup is fine with me. I liked Macnarron's quick hook of Coutwildus. A big thank you goes to Molina for swinging at ball four with two outs (when will Coffey learn to throw strikes)? Mac has had a positive effect already, I think. The team looked different. They looked like they cared more tonight. Still, Mac needs to demand they play even better. Coutwildus gets big props for striking Balco out though. Nice going Reds. 1 down, 19 to go.

 
at 10:49 PM Anonymous Joe said...

My prediction for 08 is: GM, Walt Jocketty - close with Castellini. Manager, Joe Torre - has family connections here and is ready at age 66 to leave the NYC pressure- cooker for more laid-back Cincinnati.

 
at 11:23 AM Anonymous mikec said...

Please folks, we need a manager who can manage not someone for nostalgia's sake. Forget Larkin and Morgan, Pete Rose. They'd all make lousy managers. Two have no experience whatsoever even coaching the game. Also, name one star player you became a successful manager in the last 30 years. The only one even close is Frank Robinson and I don't think Reds fans would be happy with the success he had as a manager.

As for Rose, he's a) banned from baseball and b) no coincidence that a year after Pete was suspended te Reds won it all. Sure he's fifth on all-time wins, but he's not our savior.

John any word if Ron Oester might be considered again?

 
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