Krivsky: I fought for my job
ENQUIRER STAFF REPORTS
Wayne Krivsky, who was fired just 21 games into his third season with the Reds as general manager, said he fought to keep his job.
"I fought for an hour to keep my job. I love it here, and I love my job. I'm hugely disappointed I'm not able to finish the job. I respect the decision, but I really disagree with it -- strongly," Krivsky said.
Krivsky made the comments after a press conference introducing Walt Jocketty as the team's new general manager.
Although he said he respects the decision from Reds owner Bob Castellini, Krivsky said patience will be required to turn the team around.
"Bob will admit he's an impatient person. But patience is required."
Krivsky said he was proud of his work with the Reds.
"We're one of the more respected organizations in baseball, and I'm damn proud of that," he said.
Reds manager Dusty Baker said the current turnover being experienced in the Reds front office - the team has had four general managers in six years - cannot be sustained if the team is to become successful.
"Good organizations keep a lot of the same people for a period of time if they're working well together," he said.
Baker said Krivsky deserved credit for rebuilding the team's infrastructure.
"Wayne did good things here. He rebuilt the farm system."
Pitcher Aaron Harang said he was surprised at the news.
"It's kind of a shock. I guess things weren't going the way owners felt they could be going," he said.