Re: How much influence do you think BCast has on personnel decisions?
If Castillini is a good businessman, and you'd expect that given his success in the produce business, probably not as much as you think. Most CEO's hire what they think are the best people and let them run the business. When things don't go right, they fire that person or persons and then get someone they think will put things on the right track. I probably think this is the way BC runs the Reds, but I could be wrong.
The big probem comes from the manager-GM perspective. Most GM's feel a loyalty to the field manager. It's his club and in most cases, they seek the advise and approval of the field manager for moves. Providing that Dusty and Walt are on the same page, I think that BC probably stays out of the day-to-day and lets them run things. He did this with WK and when he didn't see results, WK was gone.
Just a hunch, but I think you'll see Dusty go long before Walt.
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