Cincinnati Reds manager search: A rundown of the candidates

Dick Williams hopes to have a new manager by end of October


The Cincinnati Reds have cast a wide net in their search for a new manager. According to reports, they have interviewed 11 people since the season ended Sept. 30.

Barry Larkin may not have wanted the job, but plenty of people do. President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams said in September he would like to have a new manager in place by the end of October.

While the search continues, here’s a rundown on the people reported to have interviewed:

Internal candidates

Jim Riggleman: Serving as interim manager after the firing of Bryan Price in April, Riggleman, 65, was 64-80. His career record as a manager in the big leagues is 726-904.

John Farrell: Before joining the Reds as a scout in March, Farrell, 56, managed the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 and 2012 and the Boston Red Sox from 2013-17. He won the World Series with Boston in 2013. His career record is 586-548.

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Billy Hatcher: A member of the last Reds team to win the World Series in 1990, Hatcher, 58, has spent the last 13 seasons as a coach with the Reds. The Reds hired him in 2006. He previously spent 10 years as a coach with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pat Kelly: After managing Double-A Pensacola for three seasons, the Reds moved Kelly, 63, to Triple-A Louisville in 2018. He became Riggleman’s bench coach after the firing of Price. Kelly has managed in the minor leagues for 26 seasons.

Freddie Benavides: The first manager of the Dayton Dragons when they began play in 2000, Benavides, 52, has spent the last five years on the Reds coaching staff. This was his third year as the first-base coach.

External candidates

Joe Girardi: He managed the New York Yankees from 2008-17, compiling a record of 910-710. He won the World Series in his second season. Girardi, 53, also also managed the Florida Marlins in 2006, finishing 78-74.

Brad Ausmus: Now an assistant general manager with the Los Angeles Angels, Ausmus, 49, managed the Detroit Tigers from 2014-17 with a record of 314-332.

David Bell: The Cincinnati Moeller High School graduate hit .257 in a 12-year big-league career that included stops with six teams. His dad Buddy Bell played for the Reds from 1985-88. Buddy’s dad Gus Bell was a four-time all-star who played for the Reds from 1953-61.

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Bell, 46, has worked as the director of player personnel for the Giants since last October. Earlier in his career, he managed in the Reds’ minor-league system with the Double-A Carolina Mudcats (2009-11) and Triple-A Louisville Bats (2012). In 2013, the Cubs hired him as third-base coach. He then moved to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014 as an assistant hitting coach and then bench coach for three seasons.

Tom Prince: The bench coach on Pirates manager Clint Hurdle’s staff the last two seasons, Prince, 54, has worked in the Pirates organization for 25 years and has spent 35 years in professional baseball.

Prince managed a number of teams in the Pirates’ farm system. Prior to his coaching career, he played in the big leagues from 1987-2003. He was a catcher and a career .208 hitter who played for the Pirates, Dodgers, Phillies, Twins and Royals.

Hensley Meulens: He was a finalist for the Yankees job a year ago. Meulens, 51, was the Giants hitting coach for eight years prior to becoming bench coach last year. He played seven seasons in the big leagues between 1989 and 1998 for the Yankees, Montreal Expos and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Charlie Montoyo: After eight seasons as manager of the Durham Bulls, Montoyo, 52, joined the Rays staff as a third-base coach in 2014. He’s now the bench coach.



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