The Cincinnati Reds have conducted twelve interviews in the ongoing search for a manager. Last week, it was reported that the Reds were going to narrow down the candidates and conduct a second round of interviews:
The second round of interviews is expected to begin next week. According to Williams, no one has been told that they are out of the running. He declined to name the number of candidates that would move on to getting second interviews.
“It will be cut down a lot,” Williams said.
Take this for what it’s worth, but Jerry Crasnick (formerly of ESPN) reports that David Bell and Rocco Baldelli are likely strong candidates:
There's an emerging sense in the industry that David Bell could have the inside track for the #Reds managerial position. Bell is also a candidate for the #BlueJays job. Rocco Baldelli is also strongly in the mix in Cincinnati. His interview went "extremely well,'' sources say.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) October 17, 2018
I wasn’t invited into the room for these interviews, but Bell and Baldelli look exactly like the type of candidate that I’d prefer, at least on the surface. (See Steve Mancuso’s recent report on David Bell for reasons to be optimistic about him.) Fingers are crossed that the Reds don’t screw this one up. It isn’t the most important decision management will make this off-season, but it’s certainly important.
Update: Add Joe Girardi and Brad Ausmus to the list of contenders.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 17, 2018
I'm going to laugh for like a week if the Reds hire Brad Ausmus to be manager in a frantic panic that another team might want to hire him.
— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) October 17, 2018