There's been a growing cry for Narron to be replaced both from local sports talk radio and the fan base in general. The Orioles were the first team to pull the trigger on a beleaguered manager. Both that and the O's pursuit of Girardi have only turned up the heat on Narron. Perhaps Castro PHing for Hamilton in the 9th against the As perhaps may have been the last straw for Reds fans who were on the fence about Narron.
In my mind, the calls for Narron to be fired beg the question that Narron has significantly impacted the Reds record. Basically it assumes Narron is an anchor and someone else could've righted the ship. Just how much impact does a manager have though? I'd be interested in knowing how many losses people think Narron should be on the hook for (this is an honest question). Or to ask it another way, how many wins better would the Reds be with any other manager available? Basically what is Narron's WORM (wins over replacement manager) and why do you think that?
Obviously this isn't high powered sabermetrics. For the sake of this discussion assume that a replacement level manager would basically be roughly equal to the type of guy that fills the interim role following a managerial firing. If Narron is worse than that in your mind, give him a negative number of wins. If he's better, give him a positive number of wins etc. Hopefully this discussion will help develop a context in which to judge Narron rather than more of the usual venting that we often do.