The Cincinnati Reds have gotten a quick start on their managerial search, and have interviewed ex-Yakees manager Joe Girardi in addition to interim manager Jim Riggleman and ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell, with ex-Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Giants farm director David Bell also high on their list.
The strong belief for now is that the next Reds manager will come from that high-profile quintet, though they also have interviewed three other in-house candidates — coaches Billy Hatcher, Freddie Benavides and Pat Kelly — who they like, and it's possible someone else could make the list.
Riggleman is credited for doing a very nice job as the interim following the team's rough 3-18 start under Bryan Price, and he already has interviewed, as has Girardi, who previously interviewed for the Reds job when theta hired Dusty Baker a decade ago.
Girardi is obviously a very strong candidate, having been a past Manager of the Year and a World Series champion as manager and player. But Bell, who's from Cincinnati and whose legendary father Buddy currently works in the Reds front office and is a past big-league manager, is also believed to have a very good chance following a multitude of jobs, including a three-year stint as Cardinals bench coach. The same goes for Farrell, as the Reds' main issue has been pitching and how to get the most out of some very talented arms. Farrell, who also has already interviewed, worked as a Reds scout this year.
Ausmus has always been very highly regarded, but he took a year off from managing this season to work in the Angels front office after his Detroit tenure. Last year, he turned down some interviews and focused on the Red Sox job, which went to Alex Cora.
Riggleman should not be discounted, as Reds owner Bob Castellini is said to like him very much, and the same goes for the staff, after he did a fine job under difficult circumstances. Hatcher, Benavides and Kelly are well-regarded coaches, though not as likely to win the job as the five others.
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