From the Enquirer:

Braves vice president and assistant general manager Frank Wren and Reds special assistant to the GM Leland Maddox will interview Monday.

Team officials then could determine if there is a favorite among the pool of candidates, which now numbers at least nine, or a need to conduct additional interviews with a smaller group of finalists.

Either way, the Reds remain intent on concluding what has been an expedited process next week for the benefit of all sides involved in the search for Dan O’Brien’s replacement.

I’m all for quick decisions and understand that Castellini taking over the team so close to spring training made it difficult, but this seems REALLY hurried to me.

6 Responses

  1. Chad

    I don’t know…why wait? There are things that the GM needs to be doing to prepare for the season. Castellini needs to get someone in place.

    After you’ve interviewed them all, what else is there to wait on?

  2. Bill

    I agree there are many things for a GM to be doing at this time of year, but is that a good rational for making a hasty decision?

    I haven’t been on the job market in a long time, but my wife just recently took a new position and had 3 different series of interviews for her job. Just seems like bringing in a series of GM candidates for one day interviews and then handing one of them the keys to the franchise is putting a lot of faith in a decision quickly made.

  3. EricTW

    Honestly, I think the interview is one of the least important parts of the hiring process. You pretty much know the candidates by their body of work to this point…all you’re really trying to do with the interview process is make sure they’re not too stupid to string a few sentences together about their plan for the team.

    I don’t think this is hurried…and I definitely think this team needs a GM before Spring Training starts.

  4. Bill

    I don’t agree that the interviewing process is unimportant. I think it allows the owner to determine whether the prospective GM is someone he’s comfortable with, can work with, and what their total vision is for the entire organization, etc.

    I agree that this team should have a GM before ST starts, but I don’t think it’s paramount. I don’t believe this team is going to be competitive this year anyway; the best I believe that can be hoped for is to lay to foundation for winning next year. Thus, I’d rather they be through and be sure they’re making the right decision before hiring anyone.

  5. Shawn

    Some jobs need to be filled quickly…a major league GM is one of them. We are lucky to be in a lull period, where the main thing is contract negotiation. Others can handle that. But I agree that picking someone in the next week is optimal.

  6. Tom

    I don’t know so much about this being rushed. Almost half of the candidates are internal. Plus this is a small, closeknit industry. They basically checked these guys references before they asked to interview them and already knew what they were all about. Given that and there is plenty of time for two rounds of interviews, I only see where Dan O’Brien and Carl Lindner would have needed more time for the search. My hats off to a new ownership regime that sees that something needs done and they go out and get it done.