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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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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Talking to Castellini

Reds CEO Bob Castellini denied a report that he's offered former St. Louis GM Walt Jocketty a job.

"No, no," he said. "I haven't."

Castellini said last week that GM Wayne Krivsky's job was safe. "Wayne Krivsky is our GM. Period," he said.

That, of course, left open the possibility that Jocketty could come in a post above Krivsky. But Castellini said he has not talked to Jocketty about any job.

Krivsky's contract gives him final say on all baseball decisions.

Castellini is in Sarasota, Fla., attending the club's organization meetings.


at 2:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Living a stone's throw from Wrigleyville, some of the most interesting comments regarding Dusty Baker are from Cubs' fans.

The overall sentiment is "The Reds can't possibly be serious can they?"

It's not about his baseball talent or experience...it's about his constant whining and complaining in the media, and his total inability to instill discipline. (See Sammy's boom box)

If you lived in Chicago while he was Cubs' manager and watched the interviews and saw the team play you would understand it.

at 3:05 PM Blogger unblogger said...

Castallini could be telling the truth and Hal McCoy's report could be true to. Bob could have had John Allen or someone else in the Red's organization talk to Walt about a job.
Politiicians use this ploy all the time.
Or maybe I am just hoping he did.

at 4:10 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

Here's the thing, and I say this from extreme prejudice and four decades of experience:

If Castellini and Krivsky eliminate the stupid Cone of Silence treatment and communicate openly every so often with the fan base and media, and stop giving no-talk ultimatums to players, agents and prospective suitors (say, managers), they don't have to keep denying reports and fighting off rumors, gossip and innuendo.

No one is saying you have to give full disclosure and minute details of every way and mean, but just enough to inform and address the enormous public interest.

Yes, we had a meeting with Dusty Baker about the managerial position and showed him some of our Instructional League kids while he was here in Sarasota. We very much enjoyed talking with Dusty, told him where we stand on the search, and we'll continue the process of finding the right field manager for the Reds."

In today's new media world, word is going to get out, and it might be the right word, it might be the wrong word, but reporters locally and nationally aren't going to stop chasing the story/angle because the front office has this Gestapo mandate that it ain't news until they say it's news.

Whatever news cycle/media era the Reds' front office lives in . . . well, they're surrounded by some glittering realities. The rest of the sports world—fans, print, radio/TV, blogs and Internet—aren't sitting idly by while they huddle under the cone.

The Reds are searching for a manager. They might be hiring a new CEO. That's big news, high-interest news, and, ya know, keeps interest in your team during the heights of NFL season. It's called free marketing. And don't look now, dummies, but the Bearcats are pushing you to the briefs because you're Big Dummies. You could be on the sports front every day now for a few weeks.

If you want to control your news, the worst thing you can possibly do is a complete blackout. Otherwise, you spend more time denying fiction instead of a few moments addressing fact.

You really don't have to dread to see which reporter is on your caller ID.

We don't have a firm timetable for hiring the manager but we don't feel a great sense of urgency. There's not a lot happening between now and the winter meetings. But I'm sure we'll have the decision for everyone long before then. We're going to talk to a few other candidates. We're doing due diligence, and I think fans would appreciate that effort.

Ain't hard.

Unless you make it so.

at 5:17 PM Anonymous Jerry said...

Mr. Redlegs, I love it. I may be wrong, but it seems to me a lot of what you write is very similar to what the current beat writers WOULD write if they didn't have to worry about their continuing relationship and dialogue with current Reds ownership and management.

at 5:53 PM Anonymous cheviot sports authority said...

I am sure Castellini and Krivsky appreciate your advice Mr Redlegs. I know everyone who reads these posts loves hearing from you. Why don't you start your own?

at 6:28 PM Anonymous Marc said...

CSA, I may noy agree with everything Mr. Redlegs says, but it is a needed perspective. It seems to me that you have this naive drink the Koolaid of Reds personnel mentality which is OK if that is what you want, but there is an entire world outside of Cincinnati.

at 6:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Redlegs, I don't usually agree with you but I respect your opinion and you are right on the money with your comments. It is clear that you are a professional. It is sad that some of the people in the Reds organization are not.
The organization and all the silence that is coming from it are driving fans away from the team in bunches. It really is sad. Let's hope that Mr. Castellini is smart enough to hire Walt Jockety and not hire Dusty Baker. But based on what has happened in the last couple of years, I highly doubt it.

at 7:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Krivsky's cone of silence is a complete 180 from the Bowden years, when Jimmy Boy would acchieve the impressive athletic talent of putting his foot in his mouth while his head is up his arse. You all remember how Bowden would shoot his mouth off about "big deals" and announcements that either never got done or were just plain wrong. I remeber seeing a game on TV, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver interviewing Bowden. He was expected to announce some big news, but in the end he had nothing to say at all. All the while, Buck is talking like Bowden is the genius of the baseball world. Once Bowden left the booth, McCarver proceeded to tell Buck how Bowden really wasn't all that great.

So anyways, Krivsky, unlike Leatherpants, isn't going to let himself get painted in a corner with anything he says. Understandably, it's so the team isn't getting embarrassed. If you remember, Dan O'Brien never said a whole lot either

at 10:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ESPN just announced the Reds hired Baker.

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