Paul O’Neill Contacts Cincinnati Reds About Managerial Opening
The Cincinnati Reds currently have a managerial opening after the team fired manager Dusty Baker a day after losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card game last Tuesday, and former big league outfielder and current New York Yankees announcer Paul O’Neill has spoken with Reds owner Bob Castellini about taking over as the club’s manager, reports Michael Kay of the YES Network.
[quote]I would love to sit down and find out what their thoughts are. There are basically two organizations in my life, the Reds and the Yankees. Anytime to live in the city, you understand and see what happens in an organization.[/quote]
O’Neill, who played 17 seasons in the big leagues — with his first eight years coming with the Reds after being drafted by the team in the 4th round of the 1981 amateur draft — retired after the 2001 season and has never managed a professional game in his career, but his knowledge of the game is something that would make him a good major league manager.
[quote]I think Paul really knows the game. I think Paul is a guy that loves the game and has a passion for winning and I think he would be a good manager.[/quote]
O’Neill was a five-time all-star, one-time batting champion, five time World Series champion — one with the Reds and four with the Yankees — and hit .288 with 281 career homeruns during his 17-years
At the moment, the favorite to win the Reds job is Cincinnati pitching coach Bryan Price, but more candidates are expected to come about over the next week or so, as the Reds roster is filled with talented, all-star caliber players that should be able to contend for a playoff spot again next season.
[quote]It is not a rebuilding situation, they are a very, very good team. I think anybody would be interested in taking a good team and winning a World Series.[/quote]
O’Neill currently lives with his family in Ohio, and he’s been announcing games with the YES Network since retiring from baseball.
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