The Cincinnati Reds are on the search for a new manager. Maybe. Current manager Jim Riggleman has an interim tag, and he has interviewed for the position as full-time manager for 2019. It seems that the odds aren’t great that he gets the job, even though some in the media were suggesting he should get it just a few months ago when the team won a few games in July.

During the last week of the regular season several internal options were interviewed, including John Farrell. Jon Heyman noted earlier this afternoon that the Reds will be bringing in Joe Girardi, David Bell, and Brad Ausmus to interview for the job. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer also notes that there could be more candidates brought in throughout the remainder of the month. That would be a good thing, as the coaches that are currently in the playoffs will not be available for interviews until after their season has been completed.

Joe Girardi last managed in the 2017 season with the New York Yankees. He was their manager from 2008-2017, and previously had managed one season with the Florida Marlins. In his 11 year career as a manager, the soon to be 54-year-old has gone 988-794. He also won the World Series with the Yankees in 2009. Every year with the Yankees he had a winning season, and brought home a division title in three seasons. He was reportedly let go after the 2017 season despite a 91-71 record, in part because of what was described as troubles communicating with the younger players on the team.

David Bell is familiar to the Cincinnati Reds. He managed in the farm system for four seasons from 2009-2012. He managed in both Carolina with the Mudcats (2009-2011) and Louisville with the Bats (2012). In that span he never had a winning record. Bell went 65-74, 58-79, 53-86, and 51-93 in his four season on the farm. He currently serves as the Vice President of Player Development for the San Francisco Giants.

Brad Ausmus managed with the Detroit Tigers from 2014-2017. He had two winning seasons and two losing seasons in his time in Detroit. In 2014 he went 90-72 and won the American League Central. He was not retained after a 64-98 season in 2017. This past year he worked for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Earth of the Milky Way as a special assistant to the general manager.

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    • MuddyCleats

      If Reds don’t improve SP, I don’t think it’s really going to matter much? Still like 2 C John Smoltz considered – I think he could really improve pitching if Reds would let him

  1. redlegs4ever

    I do like Girardi so that would be my choice from this group, probably my top choice of available skippers period. As it is with any of these candidates though the Reds need to bring in a young, approachable, analytic driven guy to be the bench coach.

  2. Krozley

    David Bell intrigued me. He has been a major league bench coach and hitting coach as well as minor league manager and VP of player development. Seems like a good resume, but then those records in the four years he managed in the Reds system were not good. The system was pretty weak back then, however, especially when it comes to pitching, so maybe those records should come with a little grace. Still, I would prefer someone that has at least had a little success as a manager (and comes from outside the organization).

    • Billy

      Yeah, those records are atrocious. I know winning isn’t the main objective in the minors, but those records are really bad. I have this fear that Bell is going to sound great in an interview, but when it comes to execution, he’d leave something to be desired.

  3. SteveO

    Please interview Mike Sarbaugh! Proven winner as a player, coach, minor league manager and 3rd base coach for the Indians. Would be first time major league manager, so he wouldn’t command big dollars. Has more managing experience than both Boone and Cora, who took their respective teams to the playoffs as rookie managers. Comes from an organization that has won consistently since he’s been a part of the staff.

  4. Wes

    If you don’t know how to win- you better hire a winner! Girardi and now buck showalter is out there. Buck took a terrible Balt team and made em competitive and Girardi has an outstanding track record. A manager has the potential to make a huge impact and Reds need a big boost to moral- they better hit a home run with this signing!

    • Nick

      Buck Showalter had a losing record in his tenure as manager with Baltimore, and is fresh off of a 115 loss season. I would hardly call him a winner…

    • Schottzie

      Both Brennamens would abruptly resign if Showalter. If I recall correctly, Marty said on-air, a few years ago, Buck tried to get Thom fired when Thom announced for the D-backs.

      • redlegs4ever

        Sign me up for Buck!! I would hire Bryan Price back if it got rid of the Brennamouth’s…

        In all seriousness I wouldn’t mind a Showalter hire just from a baseball stand point.

      • D Ray White

        Likely because Buck thought Thom was a terrible announcer who only had a job due to name recognition.

      • redleggingfordayz

        I am personally curious how much of the Reds fandom actually dislikes Thom B. I personally do not like him (his fight against analytics for the longest time, talking negatively about every player, and honestly I just don’t like his game calling). I would love to see a poll on what the actual %’s are. The Reds have to realize that even announcers can have an effect on attendance, and I am surprised they aren’t thinking about clearing the board when it comes to media relations in some aspects.

  5. Craig Long

    We could bring back Spark Anderson but unless the pitching staff improves greatly, I don’t see the record improving much no matter who mananges.

  6. Norwood Nate

    Isn’t Bell the obvious choice? He’s formerly of the organization and is a younger relative of someone with the Reds. Two birds with one stone.

  7. asinghoff

    When I heard Bell’s name in the mix, I assumed it was based more on being a legacy name and having previous coaching experience with the Reds. Knowing his history as a hustle player, there was definitely some concern. Digging a little deeper, I really feel like he would be a great fit. I found this article on how he is reshaping the Giants farm system and modernizing everything. It’s a good read if you’re on the fence or already planning on freaking out if his name is chosen.

    One name that I hadn’t seen mentioned previously that would interest me is Charlie Montoyo. He had nothing but years of success coaching the Rays AAA, and his been with the big league club since Cash was brought on to manage in 2015. They interviewed him at the time, but went with Cash instead. Montoyo spent 2018 as the Rays bench coach after spending 2015 to 2017 coaching third base.

  8. Norwood Nate

    Guerrero and Fed-ex were outrighted. Not really anything surprising. Guerrero looked overmatched for the most part at the plate.

    • redlegs4ever

      By my count that would bring the 40 man roster to exactly 40 once Harvey declares for Free Agency and the 3 on the 60 day DL are activated.

  9. reaganspad

    Interesting no mention of Walt Weiss. Just thinking of the other walt and his connections.

    • AirborneJayJay

      Wash your mouth out with soap, MK. Billy Hatcher? He may be the worst 3rd base coach in the Majors. He loves making the 3rd out at home plate or 3rd base. And sending runners on third base to home on contact on INF grounders hit right at defenders.

  10. Simon Cowell

    Reading the crystal ball tells me that Joe Girardi will be the next Reds manager. He will be paid the highest salary ever by a Reds manager. Also reading the crystal ball the Reds lose 90 games next year.

  11. Brett Kavanaugh

    We all know how this is going to work out. Bell will get the job over several better candidates. Why they wont just look at the past records and lack of success from non experienced candidates? Its clear as day. John Farrell should get the position. NESN sports is reporting that farrell is the favorite.

  12. AirborneJayJay

    It will be John Farrell. He will get a big 5 year contract worth over $15M. He will get some latitude with roster construction that most ML managers don’t get.
    The Reds are just interviewing candidates to check all the minority and promise boxes. Benevides checks the Latino box for interviews and Hatcher checks the black box for interviews so the Reds don’t get into trouble with MLB’s version of the Rooney Rule. Riggleman checks the aged box. Girardi and Ausmus interviews check the Comprehensive Search promise boxes and gives the front office shade from the fan base.

    • Muddycleats

      Agree 2 a pt. Can’t imagine an accomplished MLB manager wanting Cincy gig?

      • MuddyCleats

        Probably better off spending $$$ on players/SP & hiring an up & coming Mgr on the cheap