The Cincinnati Reds have started interviewing managerial candidates for 2019, team president Dick Williams said Tuesday.
Williams said three internal candidates — bench coach Pat Kelly, first-base coach Freddie Benavides and third-base coach Billy Hatcher — have interviewed. Two others — interim manager Jim Riggleman, as well as former Red Sox and Blue Jays manager John Farrell, who works as a Cincinnati scout — also will talk to the team about the job, he said.
“I’m not going to comment on how those interviews go. I don’t think there’s any value to that,” Williams said, via MLB.com.
External candidates also are expected to be interviewed.
The Reds are looking for a permanent replacement for Bryan Price, who was fired April 19 after the team started 3-15. Riggleman was the bench coach and took over the rest of the season, and he has expressed interest in the full-time job. The team began Tuesday with a 63-76 record under Riggleman, who previously managed the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals.
Riggleman, 65, has a career managerial record of 725-900.
Reds legend Barry Larkin, who serves as a special assistant to the general manager and a roving instructor in the minor leagues, is not a candidate.
“He and I have had great conversations about his future with the organization,” Williams said. “He’s really happy with his current situation. He thinks he can help in a number of ways. He has helped in a lot of ways. He still has managing as a long-term goal. I’m supportive of that. The organization is supportive of that. I think he’ll continue to work on his skill set to prepare for managing. Someday, he can do whatever he wants in this game if he puts his mind to it.”
Williams said he would like to have a manager in place by the time general managers hold their annual meetings in November, if not earlier.
“Right now, the target candidates either have managed at the big league level or have some big league coaching experience, have some minor league managing experience,” Williams told MLB.com. “I don’t see us targeting a lot of completely out-of-the-box candidates. I think we’re going to want people who have a level of comfort in the dugout, preferably at the big league level, in their background.”
–Field Level Media