In this space, we had intended to bring you a big exclusive: an interview with Reds General Manager Wayne Krivsky.
Last week, Mr. Krivsky graciously allowed me to pepper him with questions for a half-hour, or so. After the interview, I checked my digital recorder…and there was nothing. Well, my voice was barely audible, but I couldn’t hear Mr. Krivsky at all.
That recorder now resides at the local landfill.
Anyway, I’ve been attempting to re-create the interview from my notes, and I’m not having much luck…but I hope to have something for you guys and gals very soon. In the meantime, let me give you my impressions of Wayne Krivsky.
First of all, I have to note my appreciation that he would take time out of his day to speak with me. He was under no obligation to do it, and in fact, I expected him to decline the invitation. It is to his enormous credit that he was willing to take a few questions.
I have to say that I came away impressed. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and the profiles of Krivsky in local media haven’t really given me a sense of who he is. I know now: Wayne Krivsky is very confident that he will turn this team around, and he is more confident in the plan he has established to reach his goals. This is a man who sees no reason why the Reds shouldn’t be contenders, and he believes that his experience with the Twins is the perfect background for someone who is in charge of the Reds.
I inquired about performance analysis — i.e., stat geek stuff — and while Krivsky clearly isn’t a “stat guy,” he came across as very open-minded about what statistical analysis can bring to the table. He isn’t hostile to the Baseball Prospectus-types, and I expect him to rely on such analysts…though he will rely on scouting, as well. Krivsky made a very convincing argument about what scouts bring to the table — he was almost defensive about it — but he also recognized that scouting is a piece of the puzzle and that it’s all about getting as much information as you can.
The biggest reaction I got from Krivsky was when I asked about the new owner, Bob Castellini. I got the feeling that these guys are on the same page, and that they want to turn this organization around quickly. Krivsky says that Castellini has infected the entire organization with his attitude, and there’s a “different feel” around the team.
Overall, I’m a pretty optimistic guy. I like to hold out hope that the Reds are going to be good, even when things don’t look bright. After talking to Wayne Krivsky, I am even more optimistic about the Reds future…and I’m willing to give him some time to implement his plan.
We may just see the glory days return to the Queen City. My fingers are crossed.