The Reds are slated to undertake a full managerial search at the outset of the offseason, as has long been anticipated. Interim skipper Jim Riggleman took over after Bryan Price was fired and has been at the helm for most of the current season, but the club is determined to consider an array of candidates before naming the next full-time dugout leader.
As we did last year with other openings of this kind, we’ll use this post to track the early developments in the hiring process in Cincinnati. Today, president of baseball operations Dick Williams announced the initial slate of internal candidates, as MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon was among those to report. It is anticipated that the team will also speak with outside candidates as well, though identities are not yet known.
Latest Update — Oct. 15
- The Cincinnati org is preparing to launch its second around after talking with over ten candidates in its first bunch of interviews, per MLB.com’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). It’s not yet known which first-round interviewees will be asked back for more intensive discussions.
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- Rays major league field coordinator Rocco Baldelli met with the Reds representatives last week, making him the 12th candidate for the job in Cincinnati, Rosecrans tweets. The 37-year-old Baldelli, an outfielder with the Rays and Red Sox from 2003-10, has also served as a special assistant for baseball operations and a first base coach in Tampa Bay since his playing career ended. Baldelli is also a candidate in other managerial searches.
- The Reds have interviewed Pirates bench coach Tom Prince, reports C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic (via Twitter). The 54-year-old appeared in parts of 17 seasons as a backup catcher between the Pirates, Dodgers, Twins, Phillies and Royals before retiring following the 2003 season. He began his coaching career as a manager on the independent circuit more than a dozen years ago and has been rising through the Pirates’ ranks since 2007, managing at multiple minor league levels before ascending to his current role of bench coach prior to the 2017 season.
- Farrell is likely the Reds’ top candidate at this point, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer opines. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale agrees, also proposing that Riggleman could remain with the team as Farrell’s bench coach. (All links to Twitter)
- The Reds have interviewed former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman reports. Riggleman and Farrell have also sat down for interviews with the team, as have ex-Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus and Giants farm director David Bell. “The strong belief for now” is that the Reds will hire one of Girardi, Riggleman, Farrell, Bell or Ausmus. Bell may be the favorite for the job, Heyman hears.
- The Reds sat down with three current coaches recently as part of the interview process: bench coach Pat Kelly, third base coach Billy Hatcher, and first base coach Freddie Benavides. It’s not clear at this point whether any of the trio of former big leaguers is anticipated to have a real shot at the gig. Of the group, Hatcher has by far the most experience in a major-league coaching capacity, having put in nearly two decades with the Rays and Reds. Kelly had been the Triple-A skipper but came up to the MLB staff when Price was fired. Benavides, meanwhile, has been on the staff since 2016.
Will Interview/Possible Candidates
- The Reds have scheduled interviews with Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo and Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Bobby Nightengale reports. Montoyo will interview on Oct. 9, Heyman tweets.
- There has “been some communication” between Dick Williams and Eduardo Perez, though Perez isn’t yet scheduled for an interview, Williams told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The son of Reds legend Tony Perez and a former Red himself during his 13-year-old playing career, the 49-year-old Perez is a Cincinnati native who has worked in a wide variety of jobs around baseball since his retirement in 2006. Perez has formerly served as the Marlins’ hitting coach and Astros’ bench coach, as well as a special assistant in the Indians front office and a TV and radio broadcaster with ESPN and MLB Network Radio. Perez worked as a manager in Puerto Rico and also managed Team Colombia in its attempt to qualify for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
- As expected, Riggleman will be among the possibilities. He’ll interview on Oct. 1, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic tweets. Likewise, former Red Sox manager John Farrell, who has worked in the Cincinnati organization’s scouting department, is slated to get a look. Both of these experienced big league skippers figure to be serious candidates. Notably, of course, Farrell’s resume includes a 2013 World Series title. No doubt it helps that the organization is now familiar with each of them, though of course it has only seen Riggleman function in a uniformed setting.
Not Under Consideration
- Barry Larkin, the Hall-of-Fame infielder who currently works in a player development capacity in the organization, is not under consideration for the opening. Williams does note that Larkin “still has managing as a long-term goal.”