CINCINNATI -- When Wayne Krivsky was asked Tuesday night to meet Reds owner Bob Castellini first thing Wednesday morning, he had not even the slightest hint that his life or career would be significantly jolted."I didn't think much of it," Krivsky said. Krivsky's eyes were red and occasionally filled with tears while his emotions were still raw on Wednesday afternoon. It was hours after Castellini informed him that his tenure as general manager of the Reds was over after just under 27 months and only 21 games into the 2008 season. "Completely shocked. I did not see this coming at all," Krivsky said. "I told Bob I was appreciative of the opportunity. I worked 29 years to get an opportunity like this in a city like Cincinnati that's starving for a winner. That's what hurts so much, not to see the job through to the end and bring that winner to Cincinnati. "I've had visions of being in the clubhouse with champagne being poured all over everybody. It's not going to happen here. Maybe it will be somewhere else. I only had positive thoughts about what we had going. I'm hugely disappointed I'm not able to finish the job." Krivsky toiled in baseball, but out of the spotlight, until he finally earned his first GM's job on Feb. 8, 2006. Castellini, then the new Reds owner, made Krivsky his first hire. The Reds went 80-82 in Krivsky's first campaign and challenged for the National League Central title until the final weeks of the 2006 season. "The ironic thing," Krivsky said, "is we had people in baseball tell me, 'Wayne, you won too many games. You're not that good. You set the bar too high, too soon.' Well so be it. Who the [heck] can control that?" Two losing seasons, including a 72-90 record in 2007 and a 9-12 record so far this season, made Castellini itchy. He pulled the trigger and named Walt Jocketty the GM. Jocketty, the former Cardinals GM, was named a special assistant to Castellini on Jan. 11. Many thought Krivsky's days were numbered after that move. But Krivsky, who was in the final year of his contract, said he didn't feel the heat. "I wasn't looking over my back at all. I never felt that way," Krivsky said. That's why Krivsky was blindsided by the decision that fell on Wednesday. He didn't walk away quietly from Castellini's office. Even had he known his job was in danger, Krivsky said he wouldn't have changed anything. Although dangled potential trades that could have shipped out top prospects such as Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey or Johnny Cueto, he avoided making moves that mortgaged the future for instant success. Krivsky also wouldn't promote Bruce from Triple-A Louisville before he was ready, and has no apologies. "I [wasn't thinking] I'm only going to be here this year," Krivsky said. "I wouldn't do anything to damage the organization long term to save my rear end for one year. That wasn't going to happen."
|"I'll be sleeping good tonight, I hope. Maybe not tonight. Maybe the next night."|
-- Former Reds GM|
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.