"I truly enjoyed being a part of the Reds organization and living in this community Ė it was great.
When I originally accepted the job, I was very honest in portraying the current condition of the organization and what our plan was to rebuild the Reds into a championship-caliber organization.
The only means to accomplish this goal was by building a solid organizational foundation with a productive minor league system. I promised that we would not take shortcuts, and I never wavered from that commitment.
While I do understand the frustrations involved, immediate results at the major league level were not a realistic goal. I was very forthright in explaining the timeline necessary to accomplish our goals. Unfortunately, I was not given the requisite time necessary to carry this plan to the ultimate conclusion, which is a championship.
I understand that itís new ownershipís prerogative to make changes and hire their own people. It is a difficult part of the business, but I respect Bob Castelliniís decision.
I want to assure everyone that the minor league and scouting foundation thatís currently in place is there for future success. Iím very confident in the quality and the depth of the talent base at the lower levels of our minor league system, due primarily to the last two yearsí free-agent drafts and the restructuring of our Latin American operations.
I commend everybody on the scouting staff for a job well done, and our minor league managers, coaches and instructors have every reason to be proud of what theyíve accomplished at this point in time. I want to personally thank each and every member of the front office staff for their hard work and dedication. I have great confidence in these individuals to continue to move the organization forward during this transition period.
In addition, Iíd like to commend Jerry Narron and his major league coaching staff. Jerry is the right man for this job, and Iím very certain that the team will play to its potential under his leadership.
Iím convinced that this organization is headed in the right direction and Iím genuinely proud of the effort that was put forth over the last couple of years. Whatís been accomplished to date will play an important role in the future success of this franchise. The quality of the work that has been done will stand the test of time and validate the decisions that have been made.
In closing, Iíd like to express my sincere thanks to Mr. Lindner for presenting this opportunity. Iím genuinely grateful and appreciative, and I think all of you know that I truly care about the Reds organization and I respect the people who work here behind the scenes."