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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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Friday, October 5, 2007

Sorry, Pete, it's only me

When Pete Mackanin answered his cell phone, my voice was not the one he wanted to hear. Rather than getting the call telling him he was the Reds manager, he got the call from a reporter asking if he knew any more about his status.

He doesn't.

"I waiting for the phone to ring. Then it does, and it's you," he deadpanned.

Mackanin said he hasn't talked to anyone from the Reds since he left to go home. He remains under contract, so he can't look for another job, i.e., express his interest in the Pittsburgh opening.

Mackanin did say Wayne Krivsky told him the day the season ended that he wanted to get the job filled quickly. I've got to believe the Reds would like to know if Tony LaRussa is available before they fill the job. A lot of people expect LaRussa to end up back in St. Louis.


at 5:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh, poor guy.

at 6:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is quite a difference between Larussa and Macknarron.

If they want Larussa but it doesn't work out and settle for Mack, then we've got problems.

In fact, if they want Larussa, then they have no business even considering a guy like Mack!

at 7:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John - How about you post Petey Mack's cell phone number on your blog so we can help his cell phone ring?

at 7:31 PM Blogger Phill said...

I hope that scumbag stays in St. Louis...at least stay away from Cincinnati. Why would anyone want him to come and manage the Reds? It's mind boggling.

at 8:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Let me settle this for you. The Reds will say they made a run at a well known manager but lost out so they are going to go with Pete. Of course the fact that Pete will do the job for minimum wage doesn't hurt. The Reds will always take the cheap way out because they are cheap.

at 10:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why spend money on a legitimate manager when they won't spend money on legitimate major league talent? It makes sense to pay to the value of the team.

at 1:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If other teams are interested in PM they can ask for permission to talk with him. I seriously doubt there's much interest. Sorry Pete, the pitching staff was worse under you than it was under Narron. 4.78 era before the all-star break....5.16 era after the break. Lots of movement without many results!

at 9:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think alot if not most people underestimate Bob & Co. They may not get the big name manager but it won't be from a lack of trying.

And a big name doesn't always lead to a suddenly world series bound team. It comes down to a simple solution for a team like our Reds. Draft and develop talent. If we had farm system that year in and year out was strong we would not be having these discussions right now.

at 9:31 AM Blogger Gene in WV said...

Tough, the waiting game. Been there, done that.

I have said it before, I believe Pete is exactly what this team needs. To not hire him because of Narron and Miley is silly.

On the surface, Miley and Narron had much the same personality, same approach. Pete , again, on the surface, seems nothing like either of them.

He handles the players. media, the game, quite well. He has the kind of personality that will not grind on you in a long season, losing streak, etc. Baseball is a very long season, and losing streaks will come to all teams, so those are much needed attributes.

Most "big name" managers have been successful because they have'big name" talent, not because they have a magic wand that creates winning.

We need some stability, not changing horses every year and a half.

Give the man the job, and lets move on. Players will mostly determine whether not we become winners. I believe we have made some real progress in that area, despite our overall record this year.

There is no doubt in my mind we are better at almost all the regular positions, and bench, than we have been.

Lets shore up the bullpen, and one middle of the rotation starter, and then we will compete.

Thanks for the update, John, even if it is status quo.

at 9:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

LaRussa, please stay in Missouri.

Krivsky, please don't bring Pete back.

Brady Clark is much better than Jason Ellison...if the Reds are even thinking about signing Ellison then their incompetence would be further exposed by not pursuing Clark, whom the Padres just released, instead of Ellison...

We don't need either player though...we need a better manager than Pete, but not some drunk loser , and plenty of new pitchers.

at 11:15 AM Anonymous Gary214 said...

It's understandable that Krivsky is taking his time in making this tough decision. He knows he needs a tough manager to handle the egos of Juan Castro and Jason Ellison...and there simply aren't that many candidates out there capable of dealing with those two.

at 2:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gene said: "I have said it before, I believe Pete is exactly what this team needs. To not hire him because of Narron and Miley is silly."

Ya, good one Gene. Funny thing, though; that's exactly what people said after Miley's interim stint, and it's exactly what they said after Narron's interim stint.

Neither Mack, Narron, or Miley had any worthy major league winning experience. They all managed with their tails between their legs and were the "yes" men that their GMs bathed in. Sure, let's do it again as we are not about to learn from our past.

"We need some stability, not changing horses every year and a half."

Actually, I think I'd call what we've had so far either ponies or Nags, take your pick, but certainly not horses!!

This b.s. about managerial stability one day bringing about some sort of dynasty is ridiculous. How many years was Leyland in Detroit before last year? How many years was Guillen in Chicago before winning? How many years has Piniella been in Chicago?

Give me someone who demands a little respect. YOu can bet the players have seen our ponies/nags managing with their tails between their legs and they have taken advantage of it every single time.

Furthermore, when you're a player and you see the team take the cheap way out it's a pretty good sign that the organization is not concerned about winning, and so the players just sit back and swing from their heels in order to pad their own stats for free agency.

This club hasn't played like a "TEAM" in years, and that's what wins ballgames.

at 3:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wally Backman is a winner--a flawed winner perhaps but a winner nevertheless. He is 100 times the manager Pete is, and he'd be an exceptional (and affordable) choice for the Reds. Krivsky and Castellini need to make Wally an offer. If they'd entertain bringing LaRussa in they should also give the hungrier (and perhaps far more talented) Backman serious consideration.

Go Wally! Wallyball at GABP would be a very refreshing thing.

at 4:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep! Sign Brady Clark and everything will be allright. Come on! that was weak!

at 4:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please stop the pity party for Pete McKannon. The Reds have had a losing record seven seasons in a row! Krivsky, take the time to get the best guy available. Period. Couldn't care less about Pete's month long vacation. It's the nature of the game and they need the guy who can reign in the players and win ballgames.

at 12:54 AM Blogger beachblogger said...

It makes no scense to hire Tony. He is old and most of us real reds fans cant stand him. If we arent going to go after a Joe Torre (Whose wife is from here) or Joe (up and coming) Giardi, then sit stay with Mack and get some great pitchung, get rid of some over priced assests, and build around Branden and Aaron and some young studs. If we cant get pitching and right handed bats we are going nowhere aany way.

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