Allen resigning (update)
The Reds announced that COO John Allen is resigning effective Dec. 31.
This was Allen's call. "It's time," he said.
Allen will move to Kansas City, where his wife, Anna, has taken a job.
"This was a decision made solely by John," CEO Bob Castellini said in a statement.
Castellini said Allen would not be replaced. I asked Castellini about the possibility of baseball man coming in as club president. I didn't mention Walt Jocketty's name, but Castellini knew what I was talking about.
"I know what you're getting at," Castellini said. "No, that's not going to happen."
Allen made the decision in September. He wanted to stay on until the election in Sarasota was over. Castellini convinced him to stay on as a consultant as the club selects a new spring training site.
Allen has not been popular with fans in recent years. That happens when you're the head of organization that is not winning. But Allen started Redsfest, revived the Reds Hall of Fame and the Winter Caravan. He also started the Reds Community Fund.
Allen started with the Reds in 1995. He ran the club from 1999 until Castellini took over.