For Pete's sake
I just finished up my Reds Insider for the paper (available on newsstands throughout the Tristate beginning about 3 a.m. tomorrow). Anyway, I fearlessly predict that Pete Mackanin will be the Reds manager in 2008.
Of course, two big ifs are involved: a) Mackanin has to keep winning -- a September swoon will do him in; b) Tony LaRussa has to not want the job.
I think the Reds will make a run at LaRussa. If he turns down the job -- and I think he will -- the club will have to weigh Mackanin against guys like Joe Girardi and Bob Brenly. If Mackanin has something like a 45-35 record over 80 games, my guess if he gets a one-year contract.
Feel free to tell me I'm nuts.