Re: O'Brien fired! Kullman interm GM, announcement at 5pm
'I was very surprised'
By Hal McCoy
Dayton Daily News
CINCINNATI — Dan O'Brien plans to chat with the media this afternoon concerning his abrupt removal Monday as general manager of the Cincinnati Reds. But he had a few words Monday.
"I haven't had much chance yet to reflect on all this," O'Brien told The Dayton Daily News after returning a telephone call.
"I will say it is certainly is a new owner's prerogative to make a change and I respect that," he said. "I am disappointed, yes, and I was very surprised."
O'Brien, on the second year of a three-year contract, was told Monday morning by new owner Bob Castellini that he was no longer general manager of the Reds.
"I told Dan he has worked hard and has worked diligently to rebuild the farm system and the scouting organization," said Castellini. "The entire Reds organization is grateful to Dan and wish him the very best. I just wanted somebody in this vitally importation position to lead the team who I selected."
And this one belongs to the Reds!!!- Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman