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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pete on the job

Pete Mackanin was asked Tuesday if Dave Trembley getting the permanent job in Baltimore after being named interim might help him. His answer was very interesting:

“I don’t think it hurts. When they make the decision on who takes over the team, I prefer them to think long and hard about it and make the right decision for them, so they’re totally satisfied. And not react to what somebody else did.”

“I feel like I’m in the mix, and I feel like I'm doing as much as I can to help my chances. I wouldn't want them to have a knee-jerk reaction to that.”

“If and when they do hire me, I'll feel real good about it, instead of just as reaction. I don’t think Bob Castellini’s like that. I think he's going to think long and hard. That's fine with me. I don't want the job on a whim or a knee-jerk reaction because we play well for a week or two.”

That said, Mackanin added that he does not think he should be judge by what happened with the previous two interim managers for the Reds.

“All interims aren't the same. Look at me as individual and the way I do things. Don't look at me because interims haven't worked out in the past . . . Don't build a case on that.”

“Judge me on who I am and how the team's doing.”

Mackanin thinks he's got a shot at the job.

“I'd like think I have a good shot at it under the circumstances,” he said. “If you're going to judge on wins and losses, then certainly I have to be considered.”


at 3:26 PM Anonymous ADMS said...

“All interims aren't the same. Look at me as individual and the way I do things. Don't look at me because interims haven't worked out in the past . . . Don't build a case on that.”

Thank you Pete. Yes, Narron and Miley turned out to be trainwrecks. Personally, I want to see 5 million/year go towards pitching rather than a big-name ruler that might not want to be here.

Before the waterfall of "bring in a big name" begins, I'm hoping someone out there can answer this since I think it needs to be brought up in any discussion about Pete's future.

I'm wondering what kind of connections Pete has during his playing and coaching days. You have to believe that (Richard) Pole (the hell he must have gone through) is gone the day after the season ends. Dent left with Narron. If Pete has his own guys and the upper management thinks he can win with them, give Pete the job and the money to sign his guys. It doesn't take a LaRussa or Baker or so on to realize and bring talent on board (it happens in football all of the time.)

Heck, how to most people get jobs in the real world - they know someone. I'd sit down your 10+ year vets and have them toss some names out also. Again...spend the money on pitching!

at 3:34 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

He's 100 percent correct across the board.

The Reds can offer him 2008 plus an option, just as Baltimore did for Trembley, allow the front offices to see what they do over a full season, and what harm would there be?

As noted before, Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda worked on one-year contracts for 40 years. That should be good enough for the Reds, Orioles, Mackanin, Trembley and just about anyone else in a similar circumstance.

at 4:04 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

If the Reds have a big September, then I think PM deserves the job (one year deal). Everyone loves what he's done so far. But I am not convinced that 40 or so games is enough to judge. Got 5 weeks to go. What is the big rush to judgement?

This recent winning could be the worst thing that could happen to the Reds. I saw it for so many years with the Bengals: win some games at the end of the season and create a false hope for next year. Then you wind up with the same old crap over and over again.

No matter what happens the rest of this season, it looks to me like the Reds could have definitely won this devision with some intelligent upper management The 'baseball guy' had no business managing this team. Period. THANKS WAYNE!

at 4:51 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Petey Mac should be given all of 2008. A real tryout, spring-training to elimination (or playoffs).

But I wish he could avoid starting players like Ellison.

Here we are 6.5 games out and we basically give away four at-bats or so to a guy NOT EVEN HITTING .100

Come on! What's the problem? Dunn or Hamilton are so tired and worn out they can't play two? That's RIDICULOUS!

at 6:16 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Yeah, we don't need Hamilton or Dunn's bat in the lineup for game one....

If we lose game one, it won't be the first one this year where Dunn or Phillips or Hamilton was rested. Funny how several of those losses not only ENDED a winning streak but were by a single run.

Thanks so much for putting an INFERIOR LINEUP IN!

If the Reds lose both tonight, all the euphoria of the past week and that big fat winning record since July 2 mean absolutely NOTHING.

And Mac's chances of coming back in 2008 go down. So does morale.

What a shame Hamilton and Dunn are so weak and out of shape that they can't play TWO GAMES after a day's rest...starting Ellison over either is as dumb as putting Conine in the 4-hole.

Just when I start enjoying this team more bonehead moves creep in to ruin yet another winning streak (I doubt Ramirez is going to keep it a one run game for long!)

So does Mac make these lineup errors or is he told who to play?

at 6:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Krivsky's salary dump of Kyle Lohse is looking really stupid right now given how weak the Central is currently. Lohse's ERA in 28 innings for Philly is under 3.98.

at 7:28 PM Blogger Portland Phil said...

GIVE ME A BREAK...Pete Mac next year? He's showing tonight exactly why he's NOT the guy for next year! How can you play Ellison tonight and sit Dunn and Hamilton? You can't if you want to win!!!!! What the heck is Pete thinking? And what about leaving Ramirez in to give up that grandy? Can Pete not see the same things I see from my living room? Ramirez didn't have it from the first batter! The Reds were lucky to get to the 4th down only a run, then when Ramirez loads the bases and MacKanin knows like all of us if he gives up the long one they're now in a 5 run hole! How the heck does he not get out there and get him out of there? Its like he wants to protect his bullpen, after a day off by the way, at the price of winning a game! Then, adding insult to our injury, he lets Ramirez stay in and give up another homer in the 5th! If that's what MacKanin believes is "earning a shot next year" I think we're all in trouble!

at 7:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete Mackanin deserves a shot just for one year and an option for the following season.

He's well spoken, and has a good relationship with the players. He seems to be a Cincinnati guy, and gives the impression that he makes his decisions with reason.

For the most part, his decisions are sound, however his decision to tonight not to start Dunn or Hamilton can be perceived as puzzling to say the least. He mentioned earlier this week he wanted to rest Dunn and Griffey during the doubleheader. Instead of starting Hopper and Ellison, he should of started Hopper in left and Hamilton in center. The combo of not starting Dunn and Hamilton is too much firepower to leave on the bench after a long winning streak with a slim possibilty in making the playoffs.

He has also managed the pitching staff to the best of his ability, and is working with what he has. He also started to give Cantu the oppurtunity to prove himself since the departure of Conine.

I also agree that batting Conine in the 4 hole is a bonehead move. I mean come on.

Bottom line, what intrigues me is his candor what it comes to speaking to the media and players, his well spoken nature, and that he gives the impression the he his a polished student of the game.

If the Reds decide to go after a big-name manager, i also think that they should keep Mackanin and a bench coach or coach of some sort, or for him to remain in the organization as to provide a smooth transition for the incoming manager. I don't think La Russa would a good fit.

at 8:42 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

WOW! What in the hell was Ellison doing in the line-up? I thought they were trying to get back in the pennant race.

at 3:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem in the sweep was neither Ellison or McKinnon. The problem is Griffey. Don't hamstring another manager with Griffey's disregard for baseball, the Reds and his father. He is nuts. With the team knocking themselves out, Junior stands at the plate while the ball hits the wall before he starts running. He had his chance at the all-star game to enter home-run derby. He repeatedly does this to the detriment of the team. Trade him back to Seattle where he learned baseball was spelled Junior.

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