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I remember awhile back in the middle of the season Brantley and Marty talking about this situation. Brantley made the comment that there may be a contract on the table waiting for him to sign it and hes just waiting until the season ends to do so. Ive never been a Duisty hater and have for the most part thought he does a good job with this group of guys. Id take him for 2 or 3 more years as long as hes healthy. This group of guys responds so well to him if he doesnt come back we better get a "players manager".
"Losing feels worse than winning feels good." -Vin Scully
"Okay you guys, pair up in threes!" --Yogi Berra
"You only have to bat a thousand in two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4-for-5."
Another posiibilty that wouldn't surprise me, if Baker should decide to step down, is Bryan Price. The Reds already have his replacement in place with Mack Jenkins serving as assistant pitching coach. Price slides in to the top spot, Jenkins becomes the pitching coach and maybe Corky slides into Jenkins current role (and mentors Mes as well). Nobody really knows, but it just seems like Price is the organization's choice (IIRC he was Walt's only hire among the current staff) and adding Jenkins to the mix to assume some of Price's duties may be a move to free Price for bigger and better things. Just reading the tea leaves and that could be way off base, but its fun to speculate.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Once again, I think Reds fans are used to some very inexpensive, ineffective choices. Thankfully, Walt and Bob don't see it that way. Or don't seem to.
The decision to hire Dusty was a realization that you need a proven baseball manager, or if not someone with lots of baseball experience and high aptitude.
I really doubt they will name David Bell as manager of the Reds if a change is made this off-season.
Frankly, I doubt Speier gets the job. Price is more intriguing, he's a possibility. From what I can tell, Price is a very smart, experienced, and able coach.
But mostly, I think the Reds will seek out a proven manager, someone Walt knows from his former life, and simply insist that he keeps some of the Reds better coaches, like Price.
I hope Dusty returns, but if not, look probably for a guy with managerial experience with whom Jocketty has a relationship and who will work with Bryan Price. And look perhaps for David Bell to join the major league coaching staff.
If Dusty doesn't come back - maybe he's wooed back to LA - I fear the Reds will go the Jim Tracy or Bobby Valentine route.
I still say try to lure a guy like Bud Black away from his current job.
If that's not an option, I'd look to Mike Hargrove, Dave Martinez, and Don Wakamatsu.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
The Reds will be fine either way if Dusty stays or leaves, but please oh please make sure Bryan Price stays here! The pitching staff is the driving reason why the Reds are so good right now, and Bryan Price is a key reason the pitching staff is so good. Keeping him should be the front office's highest priority this offseason.
Tom Groeschen @TomGroeschen
RT @Hydeman3: any feeling from Dusty about his future beyond winning the world series?//Seems he will return
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