Trent reports that Dent was fired, he didn't quit. Ed Napolean quit. They wanted him to stay, but he declined. Pat Kelly is the new bench coach.
Trent also had this article today:
Hamilton: Better keep Narron's brother here - Center fielder says he's 'package deal'
"He's a package deal with me. If I'm going to be here, he's going to be here. And that's not just for this year. That's for a lot of years," Hamilton said. "If they're really serious about having me as a player and want me to do well, they'll keep things like they are."
He's expecting them to keep Johnny Narron on the payroll as his babysitter...for years
? Way to be a prima donna, rook.
The rest of the article has more on the Brandon Phillips brouhaha, and also a quote from Hamilton denying that he got special treatment from Narron.
I wonder if that's what was really Phillips' beef. One of the beat writers - can't remember which one - mentioned that the players were rather peeved when Encarnacion got benched for not running out a popup, but Hamilton did the same with impunity.
If there's one thing that drives people nuts, it's perceived unfairness. They'll put up with almost anything but that. It's tough, because major league baseball is inherently unfair. The Derek Jeters of the baseball world live by different rules than the Chris Basaks. Still, if it was so bad they were muttering to the press about it, it's probably best that Narron's gone.
The Reds also made a couple of roster moves today. Ryan Freel was activated, and is starting in CF tonight. Third catcher Chad Moeller was DFA'd to make room. (I wonder if the Yankees might be interested in him. He's gotta be better than Mr. 6 hits in 3 years, Wil Nieves.)