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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

My thoughts these days have been scattered and inconsistent.

But I had a feeling Dave Miley wouldn't last the season as Reds' manager. Pitching coach Don Gullett got the axe, too, a necessary move considering the team has no pitching. Zero.

Miley joins Tony Perez, Ray Knight, Bob Boone and ( I can't believe I'm writing this) Jack McKeon on the list of Reds managers who have been fired in the last 12 years. I'm not sure if Davey Johnson counts because it was agreed upon beforehand that Johnson would make room for Knight because he was a favorite of Marge Schott's.

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Daugherty is pretty damn doom-and gloom about the Reds' future:

"The Reds are a dysfunctional organization. Top to top.They're ranging closer and closer to 1990s Bengals irrelevance. (My note: Aren't the Bengals still irrelevant?) During the Lost Decade, we stopped cursing the Bengals and started laughing at them."

Daugherty urges the Reds to "make Miley's firing mean something" by hiring a decent manager, not someone "loyal, humble and cheap."

I don't know what, if anything, can be done about the Reds' pitching situation short-term. There are bright spots, though, the brightest of which is Wily Mo Pena. And though the team batting average is modest, they don't seem to have trouble scoring runs.

So it might be possible that a seasoned manager might turn things around quickly, as McKeon did in 1999. But who's available? One crazy thought: Art Howe may be ready to return to a small market after he was run out of New York. But he worked with Billy Beane in Oakland.


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