Holy smokes, if you didn't get a chance to hear Lance McAlister's interview with Sam LeCure on 700wlw, then you need to download the podcast and give it a listen. The most honest Q&A interview you would ever expect from a player. LeCure talks about what happened to this team down the stretch, the lack of a leader in the clubhouse, and gives his thoughts on Bryan Price being a manager.
Anyway, I want to list some candidates to succeed Dusty Baker as manager of the Reds. Feel free to post some additional names and share your thoughts.
Without a doubt Bryan Price is one of the best pitching coaches in MLB. The team respects him, but I feel like Price may be more of the same. In addition I don't like taking a risk on a manager with no experience. If the Reds want to win a championship you need a championship caliber manager.
Players like Riggs and he has plenty of experience, but I can't get past his quitting on the Nats. That just sticks in my crawl.
Again, like Bryan Price, Speier is too close to Dusty Baker to be considered a real change in my opinion. Plus he has no real managerial experience.
Was the Reds AAA manager before joining the Cubs coaching staff. Front office seems to like him, but he lacks the postseason experience that I would like to see.
Like that he is a former Red with good leadership qualities, but has never been a big league manager.
Born in and raised in Ohio and went to Ohio University. Has a winning record as a MLB manager, with a World Series win under his belt. I would like it if Brenly were named manager.
Has the experience, but will probably be costly since he is competing for the Cubs and Yankee managerial jobs.
Considerable World Series experience with Cincinnati ties, but not likely that he would leave his current position with MLB.
A couple analysts have suggested that Larkin could be the future manager of the Reds. I don't think they would say that unless they have inside information that Larkin is interested in managing someday. Larkin being named manager would go over well with fans, but is his lack of experience as a manager worth the risk? Larkin was definitely a great leader in his playing career.
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This would be a tough pill to swallow, but if he won a Championship all would be forgiven. Doesn't matter though, LaRussa has already said that he is not interested in managing again.
Joe Morgan is an interesting thought, and it would definitely be well received by fans. That said, Morgan is not interested.