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How much does the job pay? estrace creme dc A cursory look at the Redsâ on-paper talent might lead one to conclude they underachieved this year, but Bakerâs defenders point out that he went the whole season without his projected cleanup hitter, Ryan Ludwick (shoulder surgery), and most of the year without his No. 1 starter, Johnny Cueto (strained right lat), while in losing their final five games of the season, their middle-of-the-order hitters, Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce, were all essentially marked absent. Phillips went so far as to say he flat-out choked. So with Baker gone, leaving baseball with only two minority managers, Ron Washington in Texas and Bo Porter in Houston, the question is: Who does Jocketty pick to succeed him? There have been a lot of rumblings that Jocketty is said to favor the much-traveled (and fired) Jim Riggleman, which prompts the question: What do all these GMs see in this guy whoâs been a loser every place heâs ever managed and walked out in a snit fit on his last team, the Washington Nationals, when they were in first place in 2011, because his boss, GM Mike Rizzo, wouldnât commit to giving him an extension? Meanwhile, Larkin has expressed to intimates heâd very much like to manage, and even though heâs never done it before, his leadership ability is unquestioned and he would certainly command respect. He would also resolve the minority issue. Reds owner Bob Castellini is a fan of ânameâ managers â it was he who overruled previous Reds GM Wayne Krivsky (who wanted to retain interim Pete Mackanin) to hire Baker back in 2007 â and there is no bigger name in Cincinnati than Larkin. It would thus seem if Larkin says he wants it, Riggleman would be a hard sell for Jocketty with the owner.