I don’t know what to make of this, but I thought it might trigger some interesting discussion. From a Hal McCoy Q&A over at DDN:
Q IsnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the problem with the Reds the manager (Dusty Baker), as it has been since Jack McKeon was dropped? Ã¢â‚¬â€ Will, Dayton
A LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s see, since McKeon theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had Bob Boone, Dave Miley, Jerry Narron, Pete Mackanin (interim) and Baker. See a pattern here? Without players, no manager wins. And while McKeon is my all-time favorite, how many times did the Reds make the playoffs during his four years? Answer: zero. And he wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t dropped, he quit when they wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give him a meaningful raise. This team needs stability and CEO Bob Castellini is still mad at me for asking him after he fired GM Wayne Krivsky, Ã¢â‚¬Å“When will we see some stability?Ã¢â‚¬Â His answer: Ã¢â‚¬Å“We just arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to lose any more.Ã¢â‚¬Â HowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s that working out?