Who will be the next Reds manager; Bluefield player ineligible

By Kyle Lovern

October 13, 2013

Many Reds fans are wondering who will take over in Cincinnati for Dusty Baker, who was fired at the end of this season.

After doing a little Internet research, here are the names that came up the most - Paul O’Neil, Bryan Price, Jim Riggleman and David Bell.

O’Neil was drafted by the organization in the 1981 Draft out of Columbus, Ohio. He spent the first eight seasons of his big-league career in Cincinnati, winning a World Series title with the club in 1990. That was the last time the Reds were in the World Series.

Price is the current pitching coach and has done a great job with the staff since he took over in 2010. He does not have any managerial experience.

Riggleman coached at Triple A Louisville last season. He has had some short stints as a manager and coach in the majors.

Bell was the most surprising to me. He was in the Reds organization for four seasons as a coach and minor league manager. Bell is the grandson of former Red Gus Bell and the son of former Ranger and Red Buddy Bell.

Bell played in the majors for 12 years after being drafted by the Indians in 1990. He played for the Indians, Cardinals, Mariners, Phillies and Brewers. He is a graduate of Cincinnati’s Moeller High School, where he was a member of the 1989 state championship team.

A couple of other names that I heard fans mention were former Reds all-stars Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin. Morgan was a key cog in the Big Red Machine back in the 1970s. Larkin was an all-star shortstop during the late 1980s and 1990s and played on the ’90 team that won the World Series. Larkin is also a native of Cincinnati.

It will be interesting to see who the Reds front office chooses in the next week or so.

… Lykel Collier, a first-team all-state player for Bluefield, the reigning Class AA basketball championship team, has been ruled ineligible for his senior season by the SSAC.

The 5-foot-10 Collier, who averaged 13.4 points and 8.2 assists for the Beavers last year, reportedly repeated the eighth grade because of family issues.

Collier has secured legal counsel, which is prepared to either seek a court injunction or to file a claim with the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, according to published reports.

With all five starters back this year, the Beavers were favored to win it again.

… There has been a lot of reaction over a ruling that Kentucky high schools should not conduct postgame handshakes. This has been a longtime post-game practice in which both teams and coaching staffs shake hands after a game.

Many district officials around the Bluegrass State have stated they won’t follow the directive handed down by the KHSAA.

Kentucky’s athletic sanctioning body issued the decree this past Tuesday that told high schools not to conduct the postgame congrats in all sports following more than two dozen physical confrontations the past three years.

… Longtime Wahama High School football coach Ed Cromley has retired. But the move came as a surprise since it occurred halfway during a successful season. The White Falcons had a 5-1 record heading into Friday night’s game.

“The stress placed on me by the school administration in both coaching and teaching is not worth continuing being subjected too,” Cromley told MetroNews.

Wahama won the Class A state championship in 2012 and has a 5-1 record this season. The 11th-rated White Falcons play a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division home game Friday against Federal Hocking.

Cromley, 57, posted a 154-36 record in 19 seasons. His teams made the playoffs 13 times. Assistant coach Dave Barr was named as the interim head coach.

It seems there may be more to this story. Stay tuned.

(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to klovern@williamsondailynews.com or klovern@civtasmedia.com)