View Full Version : Reds fire GM O'Brien
01-23-2006, 05:34 PM
Reds fired general manager Dan O'Brien.
New owner Bob Castellini restructured the front office upon gaining control of the team last week. No word yet what happened between then and now that resulted in O'Brien's dismissal. It might be for the best. O'Brien wasn't as bad as many Reds fans believe, but he certainly wasn't an above average GM during his tenure. The Sean Casey trade -- actually one of his better moves -- had to be the final straw for some, especially since it didn't result in any free agent additions. If Castellini wants to energize the fan base, some sort of change was needed. Jan. 23 - 2:39 pm et
01-23-2006, 06:21 PM
Griffey is ours!
01-23-2006, 08:08 PM
Two years at GM is not much time when you are trying to rebuilt you farm system. Oh well...
For those who are drooling over Griffey...
Finally, the Reds decided to shut Griffey down for the season on Sept. 22. Had the team been in a playoff hunt, Griffey likely would have kept playing. But because he needed offseason arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and surgery to repair the scar tissue from his '04 hamstring surgery, the club decided to speed up his recovery process by putting him under the knife before the end of the season.
(note to mods: way less than 10%)
I know that surgical procedures are as common as...well, spam. But this guy has spent more time under the knife than Scott Wyland has spent in drug rehab. Just say no to Jr.
Sorry, I went on a bit of a tangent.
01-24-2006, 11:48 PM
The long time Reds beatwriter from Dayton says he was fired for not trading for Matt Clement?
01-25-2006, 12:57 AM
Well, you gotta think, Dan O'Brien traded Sean Casey for a mediocre pitcher named Dave Williams. What kind of a stupid trade is that? You know your team needs pitching especially in that bandbox of a ballpark and you aren't going to even bother trading for a half-way decent pitcher? They should have gotten somebody better for Casey. Kip Wells come to mind. Also, he signed Eric Milton which turned out to be a disaster. How could O'Brien be so blind? Could he not see this simple equation? Fly ball pitcher + hitter's ballpark=trouble. I understand the rebuilding the farm system, but you can't just make careless moves on the major league level.
01-25-2006, 11:27 AM
The decline of the Big Red Machine is sorrowful and indicative of not only baseball economics, but also incompetence e.g. Pirates, Royals.
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