This was tough for me. But I voted Schott. Her actions embarrassed the franchise, and her complete and utter lack of care for the scouting department wrecked the franchise for a good long while. Lindner was inactive, but not really destructive. And Castellini, it's too early to tell, but I have faith in him.
Too early to say, but it is horrifying how bad the Reds ownership has been for the last 25+ years.
Marge. I think the organization is still recovering from her noncommittal to the minor leagues and scouting system. This is not to take into account her embarassment to fans many times when she opened her mouth in the public (the Hitler comment...wow).
Lindner, of course, was no picnic - he continued to run the scouting and minor league aspect into the ground. But, he could not hold a candle to Marge.
Don't forget Marge letting the Reds territory shrink and shrink as affiliates jumped ship.
Marge. I don't care if we did win on her watch.
She was an embarrassment, and she destroyed one of the great farm systems. We're still paying for her poor judgment.
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I think it's a toss up between Marge and Carl. At least Marge threw money into the big league club to win a championship, but in the process she killed off the Reds' farm system.
Lindner said he bought the club to keep it in Cincinnati. I never believed that for a minute; he bought the club at a bargain basement price, knowing full well that he'd be able to sell it at a considerable profit a few years down the road after he had branded the new ball park. While the owner, he did nothing to improve the team on the field.
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Marge or Garry Herrman.
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I voted Lindner before reading any comments, because at least the Reds had decent teams under Marge. But after reading the posts, I'll agree with Marge as the choice of worst owner.
None of the above - Sid Weil hands down.
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For me it's Carl, hands down. They didn't take advantage of opening a new ballpark, and the springboard it created. They decidedly ignored the great history of the franchise as well. At least Marge cared about winning, and she publicly adored the franchise, and it's history. She was a strange old bird, but she cared.
Carl no doubt about it. Marge did some stupid stuff but I think she wanted to see the Reds win and honestly I don't know if she had deep enough pockets to spend much more on the organization. We had one of the largest payrolls in baseball at that time. Carl on the other hand (I think) had the pockets but decided to make money off of the Reds. Sure I suppose he should try to make money but I'm not sure he understood that winning would lead to higher profits over the long run. Personally I don't think he bled Reds like Marge did...and besides Marge was a winner no matter what anyone says about her. She might have been awful as an owner but she still won a championship and 1999 was even the result of her horrible management.
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I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter, that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit.
I'd vote marge hands done in that poll.... but others are worst, Sidney Weil was worst than all of them, even Marge... whose crassness was only eclipsed by her ignorance.
That said Weil had no business in the game, he secretly bought the club up, had limited resources, acted as his own GM at times and eventually had to hand control of the team over to the bank.
However, the worst owner by far is John T Brush, a man who lived in Indianapolis (only Reds owner ever from out of town) and a guy who partnered with The Giants owner to stock the Gotham team (Mathewson) for dead meat (Rusie) and steal the AL Baltimore team for that as well.. in return he was allowed to buy the team after he dumped the Reds.
The thing to note with all three of the above is that their departure from team ownership led to the worst teams of the Reds history
WeilCode:1905 5th 79 74 .516 26 1906 6th 64 87 .424 51.5 1907 6th 66 87 .431 41.5 1908 5th 73 81 .474 26 1909 4th 77 76 .503 33.5 1910 5th 75 79 .487 29 1911 6th 70 83 .458 29 1912 4th 75 78 .490 29 1913 7th 64 89 .418 37.5 1914 8th 60 94 .390 34.5
MargeCode:1931 8th 58 96 .377 43 1932 8th 60 94 .390 30 1933 8th 58 94 .382 33 1934 8th 52 99 .344 42 1935 6th 68 85 .444 31.5 1936 5th 74 80 .481 18 1937 8th 56 98 .364 40 1938 4th 82 68 .547 6
Code:1999 2nd 96 67 .589 1.5 2000 2nd 85 77 .525 10 2001 5th 66 96 .407 27 2002 3rd 78 84 .481 19 2003 5th 69 93 .426 19 2004 4th 76 86 .469 29 2005 5th 73 89 .451 27 2006 3rd 80 82 .494 3.5 2007 5th 72 90 .444 13 2008 5th 74 88 .457 23.5