Reds interview Prince for manager position

October 11, 2018

Daily Journal staff report

Tom Prince could be on the brink of realizing his ultimate goal of landing a job as a Major League Baseball manager.

Prince, a 1982 graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School and a former star catcher with the Boilermakers and Kankakee Community College, interviewed this week for the open position of Cincinnati Reds manager. He has spent the last two seasons as bench coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Prince has had a long career in the Major Leagues, beginning with a 17-season stint as a catcher with Pittsburgh, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia, Minnesota and Kansas City.

Since leaving the playing field in 2003, Prince has spent much of his time in the professional coaching ranks. The 2018 season was a successful one, as Prince helped guide the Pirates to a somewhat surprising 82-79 record in the highly competitive National League Central Division.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday that Prince is at least the 11th candidate to interview for the vacant Reds’ post. Among the other candidates is Joe Girardi, the former Chicago Cubs player and New York Yankees manager who led the Yanks to the 2009 World Series championship.

The Reds have announced no timetable to complete their search.

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