The Cincinnati Reds had high expectations coming into this season— expectations that will not likely be met.
On Monday, club management decided to do something about it, firing both manager Bob Boone and general manager Jim Bowden. The Reds will not name permanent replacements until after the World Series.
Hoping to embark on a more successful era, the Reds open a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park. Triple-A Louisville manager Dave Miley will take over and serve as interim manager for the rest of the season.
“Certainly there were high expectations for this season,” chief operating officer John Allen said. “I’m not saying we necessarily expected to go to the World Series, but we certainly didn’t expect to be sitting 10 1/2 games out and significantly under .500 at this point in the season.”
Bowden had been general manager since 1992, the second-longest tenure in the majors, but the Reds reached the playoffs just once in his 11 seasons. Assistant general manager Brad Kullman and scouting director Leland Maddox will take over his duties for the remainder of the season.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a member of the Cincinnati Reds organization, and to have served as general manager since 1992,” Bowden said. “I want to thank the fans of Cincinnati for all of their support during my tenure. I wish the Reds organization nothing but a successful future.”
Boone led Cincinnati to a 190-238 record in his 2 1/2 seasons at the helm. He declined comment Monday, but his son, third baseman Aaron Boone, said it was an emotional day.
“There are tons of emotions that run through you,” Boone said. “There’s a little relief. I don’t think it’s been the best situation for him. I don’t think he’s been treated the best. Everything always has been his fault, which comes with the territory. The problems have run a lot deeper for the last couple of years.”
Hours after the firings, the Reds rallied for a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in 10 innings. The game was a makeup of a June 15 rainout.
The Reds, who have won three straight, secured the victory on a bases-loaded single by Kelly Stinnett.
“It was stunning,” said Reds first baseman Sean Casey, who tied the game at 5 with a solo homer in the eighth. “It was very surprising. It was just a weird atmosphere. Guys were coming in to get ready to work, and your skipper’s gone and your general manager’s gone.”
Colorado had lost six of eight before sweeping Milwaukee.
STANDINGS: Rockies - 4th place, 13 1/2 GB, NL West. Reds - 5th place, 10 GB, NL Central.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Darren Oliver (8-6, 4.81 ERA). Oliver has allowed three earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts, going 5-1 over that period. In an 8-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, he allowed just two runs and four hits in seven innings. The 32-year-old left-hander is 0-1 with a 3.44 ERA in three career games against Cincinnati.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Jimmy Haynes (2-10, 5.87 ERA). Haynes has won just once in his past eight starts, going 1-5 with a 4.30 ERA. On Thursday, he did not get a decision after allowing five runs—four earned—and six hits through six innings of the Reds’ 7-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In seven career games against the Rockies, the 30-year-old right-hander is 2-3 with a 6.51 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Todd Helton, .348 avg. and 96 runs; Preston Wilson, 27 HRs and 101 RBIs; Tony Womack, 11 SBs. Reds - Jose Guillen, .341 avg.; Adam Dunn, 26 HRs and 64 runs; Aaron Boone, 65 RBIs and 15 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Reds, 2-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - 1B Helton is batting .462 (6-for-13) in his career against RHP Haynes. … CF Wilson hit his 35th double on Sunday, tying a career high set in 2000. … LHP Denny Neagle has not yet notified the team whether he plans to have season-ending arthroscopic surgery to clean up bone chips in his elbow or try to rehabilitate in hopes of pitching the final month. Reds - SS Barry Larkin, slowed by a strained hamstring, struck out as a pinch-hitter Monday. … Miley becomes the 57th manager in Reds history. He has managed at Louisville since 1996. … 1B Casey is 4-for-8 with a homer in his career against LHP Oliver.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 17-37 on the road; Reds - 23-29 at home.
INJURIES: Rockies - RHP Nelson Cruz (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Neagle (elbow), 15-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Reds - OF Austin Kearns (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Wily Mo Pena (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Sullivan (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Gabe White (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Ken Griffey Jr. (ankle), 60-day DL; SS Womack (knee), 15-day DL.