Oester To Stay As Reds’ Coach
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Ron Oester, miffed when he was passed over by the Cincinnati Reds for manager, he has decided to stay with the team as a coach.
Calls from Reds owner Carl Lindner Jr. and chief operating officer John Allen helped Oester make his decision, he said Thursday.
``To have Mr. Lindner call shows how much he cares,″ Oester said. ``Talking to him really helped.″
Oester’s position hasn’t been determined, but he is considered likely to remain as the third base coach under new manager Bob Boone.
Oester didn’t divulge what Lindner and Allen said.
Oester, a Cincinnati native who has spent most of his baseball career with the Reds as a player and coach, was upset when the team hired Boone as manager last week. Oester wants to focus now on putting it behind him.
``I just want this thing to go away,″ he said.
The Reds offered Oester the manager’s job with a $650,000, two-year contract. Oester said he wanted the job, but asked for more money and expected the Reds to get back to him. The following day, Oester said he was stunned when a team spokesman called to say Boone had been chosen as the manager.
Boone, who managed Kansas City from 1995 to 1997 and wanted a second chance, accepted the salary offer that Oester had turned down.