Wednesday, September 21, 2005
O'Brien to return
Allen: 'He's done a good job'
By John Fay
Enquirer staff writer
The Enquirer/Jeff Swinger
The Cincinnati Reds' general manager Dan O'Brien watches his position players on their first official day of Spring Training in Sarasota, Florida on February 22, 2005.
General manager Dan O’Brien will be back next season, Reds chief operating officer John Allen said today.
“Dan’s done everything we’ve asked of him,” Allen said. “He’s done a good job.”
Next year will be the final year of O’Brien’s three-year contract. Going into tonight’s game, the Reds were 146-166 under O’Brien.
Some of O’Brien’s major moves – trading reliever Chris Reitsma and signing pitcher Eric Milton – have not gone well.
O’Brien was brought in with a mandate to rebuild the team’s player development and scouting departments.
“We’re moving along with that,” Allen said.
There is uncertainty about the team’s future. Reds minority owners Louise Nippert, George Strike and Gannett Co. Inc. – The Enquirer’s owner – in March said they would combine to sell 51.5 percent of the team.
The team’s ownership agreement gives Reds chief executive officer Carl Lindner operating control for life, so day-to-day management of the team is not expected to change with the sale.
But any potential buyer is expected to try to negotiate a deal with Lindner for a transition and in the long term would control the team’s ownership.
Allen would not comment on the sale.
“But it’s business as usual,” he said. “Mr. Lindner is the controlling partner. We’re moving forward.”