Originally Posted by redsmetz
Here's Sheldon's take on it - it appears to be without precedent:
"I was told the position would evolve, it's never been done here before," Jenkins said. "I talked to Bryan about some ideas like helping prepare for series and freeing him up from the tedious stuff so he can get a rapport with the new guys. I'll be the tedious guy."
The article mentioned that Jocketty first approached him back in November with the idea.
This almost sounds like Walt is lining up a succession plan. I'm guessing Dusty is gone after 2012 unless the team goes deep into the post-season. Price or David Bell are the prime guys in line as replacements with Jenkins serving as Price understudy for pitching coach should Price get promoted or be gone too.
Maybe with 2013 looking tight financially, the Reds want out from under the $4 Million or so that Dusty would command and will go with a first time manager who can be paid $1 Million or less.