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    Krivsky interview...

    From Mark Sheldon at MLB.com:

    CINCINNATI -- Having finished his second season as Reds general manager, Wayne Krivsky will now spend the offseason gearing up for the 2008 season.
    Krivsky recently spoke with MLB.com, expressing his thoughts about 2007 and some of the decisions that loom for the Reds in the future.

    MLB.com: Obviously, the record (72-90) didn't turn out how you wanted when looking at the bottom line. But when you look back on the season, what do you take out of it, positive and negative?

    Krivsky: Unless you're playing beyond, in this case, Sept. 30, you haven't satisfied the goals you set out in Spring Training. On the other hand, there are positive things you can take out of the season, despite what your record might be at the end. There were a lot of positives in our year, from an individual standpoint.

    As a team, we fell short. A lot of individuals had good years, good development years and good statistical years. But there's always room to improve. The offseason is an important time for players to work on the things that they need to improve on, whether it's conditioning, playing winter ball, getting stronger, going through the proper postseason routines to get ready for Spring Training and another year. It goes by fast. We'll be at Spring Training before you know it. Everybody has to look in the mirror and figure out what they need to do to get better, and consequently, to make the team better. That includes the general manager.

    MLB.com: Do you anticipate a busier offseason than last year?

    Krivsky: Ask any general manager, every winter is busy. I don't know that you differentiate. People ask what you do in the offseason. In some ways it can be as hectic or more so than the season. You don't have a set routine because you really don't have a schedule to follow like you do during the season. There are meetings to attend -- organizational meetings, GM meetings, Winter Meetings. Some of that is already prearranged. There's no way to predict how the winter will unfold.

    The bottom line is we're here to build a winning organization and put a team on the field that can compete and ultimately win a championship. That's what we're all about. It's a work in progress. Whatever you planned on having, it rarely follows it to the letter. That's why you have to be flexible and adjust to the changing times, whether it's injuries or what have you. You have to be able to overcome those. That's where depth comes in and your Minor Leagues come in. Our depth has been tested. At the same time, I feel good that we have improved our depth the last year or two since I've been here.

    MLB.com: When you don't reach your goals, it's no fun. On that basis, was doing your job this season personally less enjoyable -- especially the day-to-day grind of it?

    Krivsky: Being in baseball is fun. We're all lucky to be in the game. The challenge is fun. Putting together a team is fun, whether it's on the field or off the field. It's not fun firing people, don't get me wrong. The goal here is to bring in as many good people as we can. We're all going to work toward a common goal and that's putting the best team out there that has a chance to win year in and year out. And whether it's the Minor Leagues, amateur scouting, pro scouting, international scouting and Latin America, it all comes together and you just have to keep plugging and keep grinding. It's a marathon. Your work is never done.

    MLB.com: You have a lot of players with 2008 club options on their contracts. What is the timetable or deadline to pick them up?

    Krivsky: There are dates and days in their contracts. They vary. It's all negotiable at the time of the contract. At the appropriate time, we'll announce them.

    MLB.com: Can you gauge in the chances, in any way, for somebody like Adam Dunn returning?

    Krivsky: No. I'm not going to get into that.

    MLB.com: You brought in Pete Mackanin as interim manager. How do you think he handled the job this summer?

    Krivsky: Great. He did a heck of a job. He came in when we were 20 games under .500, embraced the challenge and accepted the role of an interim manager as well as you can. I remember at his press conference he said, 'Whether it's two days, three days, two weeks, a month or the rest of the year, I'm here to do the best I can for the organization.' From my standpoint, you can't ask for anything more than he's given us. We've had a lot of good moments the second part of the year and he was in charge.

    MLB.com: It's safe to say you will be looking around and interviewing other candidates?

    Krivsky: Pete is a candidate. He's definitely a candidate. People ask me about timetables and there isn't one. The sooner we know, it takes the uncertainty out of people's minds that are here. I'm sensitive to the part about Pete and the coaches and what their status is. I'd like to have something resolved sooner rather than later. Timetables can't be controlled to the letter. We'll do the best we can to arrive at that decision so that people can move on with their lives, whether they're staying or looking somewhere else. Pete hasn't done anything to eliminate himself or take himself out of consideration. He's done a great job.

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    Re: Krivsky interview...

    great evasive interview
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    Re: Krivsky interview...

    Quote Originally Posted by Chi-Town Red View Post
    great evasive interview
    Yeah, not much to it. Then again, did anybody expect anything different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwball View Post
    Yeah, not much to it. Then again, did anybody expect anything different?
    Not me. Krivsky always finds a way around questions. That's the one thing I miss from Bowden. Even if he was lying through his teeth, atleast he gave you something.
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    Re: Krivsky interview...

    So you're saying you'd rather be lied to?
    Who's on first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoReds33 View Post
    Not me. Krivsky always finds a way around questions. That's the one thing I miss from Bowden. Even if he was lying through his teeth, atleast he gave you something.
    Bowden makes me think of a sleezy used car salesman. :thumbdown
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    Re: Krivsky interview...

    The only thing I took from that interview was that he will be the GM next year. Everything else was undetermined.

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    Re: Krivsky interview...

    Maybe he's not avoiding the questions. He probably doesn't have any plans to tell them about.
    "Six outs to a full inning. In a major league game, you're going to play 8 or 9 innings. That is never going to change. The money changes. People change. But the game itself is never going to change. The people who designed this thing are brilliant."-Jamie Moyer

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    Re: Krivsky interview...

    Quote Originally Posted by fadetoblack2880 View Post
    Bowden makes me think of a sleezy used car salesman. :thumbdown
    Yeah that guy was definitely a worthless yuppie suckup!

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    Re: Krivsky interview...

    Quote Originally Posted by fadetoblack2880 View Post
    Bowden makes me think of a sleezy used car salesman. :thumbdown
    I know. I do like a GM that likes to mix things up. I would rather have Krivsky than him. I just think that it was kind of fun having him as a GM though, because he would give you some talking material.
    If you can't build a winning team with that core a fire-sale isn't the solution. Selling the franchise, moving them to Nashville and converting GABP into a used car lot is.
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    Re: Krivsky interview...

    Krivsky simply can't go into details about what's on the table when it comes to players and their contracts.

    Personally, I commend him for not saying the obvious answer about the negatives for the year: "Our bullpen stunk. The guys simply didn't get it done and they lost too many games for us." We all know the answer to the question so there was simply no need to ask it.

    He has to choose his words wisely so as not to tick off current or potential players on the roster.

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    Re: Krivsky interview...

    I would personally like a GM who would answer the bullpen question by saying, "it was certainly an area of our team that failed to meet expectations with the obvious exceptins of David Weathers and Jared Burton. Be assured that there will be a great deal of effort on my behalf this winter to create more competition for 2008 jobs in that area, and that there are a number of pitchers from last year who will be in a position where they have to earn back jobs in 2008".

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    Re: Krivsky interview...

    Quote Originally Posted by dougflynn23 View Post
    I would personally like a GM who would answer the bullpen question by saying, "it was certainly an area of our team that failed to meet expectations with the obvious exceptins of David Weathers and Jared Burton. Be assured that there will be a great deal of effort on my behalf this winter to create more competition for 2008 jobs in that area, and that there are a number of pitchers from last year who will be in a position where they have to earn back jobs in 2008".
    That was pretty well said. Maybe they should hire you.
    If you can't build a winning team with that core a fire-sale isn't the solution. Selling the franchise, moving them to Nashville and converting GABP into a used car lot is.
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