Here are my top candidates for the manager's job.
Ken Griffey Sr. is a proven winner who knows the game in and out. He was like a father figure to not just me, but to many others who played with him or against him. He would get instant respect in the clubhouse. Besides, who would keep Ken Griffey Jr. in line better than Ken Griffey Sr.? The elder Griffey could also bring back Reds traditions.
Barry Larkin. He has over 20 years in the organization, 19 of them in the show. He's bilingual, and as fundamentally sound player as you will ever find. A tough as nails competitor, no one can whip these guys into shape like Mr. Larkin. Plus it worked in Chicago with Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox, so why not here?
Lou Pinella. The last one to win a championship there, Pinella takes no prisoners, wants out of Tampa, and the owner there isn't going to let him coach in NY anyway. I love Lou, because he was the only person I know that hated losing more then me. Would be a great choice.
Larry Bowa. Larry got a raw deal in Philly, because those candya---- couldn't take his hard nose approach. He's a winner, he knows the fundamentals as well as anyone...That swing and miss crap wouldn't fly with him and he could bring some life back to a team that looks like they just lost their dog.
Kevin Kennedy. My partner on XM radio was the last manager to lead the Boston Red Sox to a division crown. I've learned more about the game in four months working with Kevin than from anyone I've ever met. He spent many years in the minor leagues as a player, manager and head of scouting, so he could rebuild the entire organization from the ground up. I doubt he would do it, because he loves working with me too much. Just kidding ...