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Press Release wrote:Reds make front office, field staff moves
Contracts of Bowden, Boone & 2 coaches will not be renewed
CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds chief operating officer John Allen today announced that the contracts of general manager Jim Bowden, field manager Bob Boone, hitting coach Tom Robson and third-base coach Tim Foli will not be renewed in 2004.
All were relieved of their duties this morning.
Dave Miley, a 23-year veteran of the Reds organization, will manage the club on an interim basis through the end of this season. He will join the team tomorrow.
Bench coach Ray Knight will manage the Reds in this afternoon's game against the Philadelphia Phillies and beginning tomorrow will work as the club's hitting coach and third-base coach. Bullpen catcher Mark Berry will serve as bench coach.
Bowden was not replaced.
An extensive search to fill the field manager and general manager positions permanently will begin immediately and will reflect the affirmative hiring policies of the Reds and Major League Baseball. The Reds do not expect to fill either position until after the 2003 World Series.
Miley, 41, becomes the 57th manager in Reds history, the 47th since 1900. He joins the Reds from Class AAA Louisville, where he was managing for the fourth consecutive season. Miley has been the organization's Class AAA manager since 1996 and during that span compiled a 610-506 record (.547) at Indianapolis (1996-99, 314-261, .546) and Louisville (2000-2003, 296-245, .547).
Miley's career record as a minor league manager is 1,115-841 (.570), and in 1998 he was named the International League's best managerial prospect. He was 1997 IL Manager of the Year at Indianapolis and 1995 Southern League Manager of the Year and Class AA Manager of the Year while at Chattanooga.
Miley signed with the Reds as a catcher and played 7 minor league seasons before he became a coach. For most of the last 16 seasons he was a coach, instructor or manager in the club's minor league system. Miley was the bench coach on the Major League staff in 1993 under manager Tony Perez.
Bowden was named general manager in October 1992. During his 11 seasons, the Reds went 829-830 (.499) with 1 playoff appearance and finished above .500 four times.
Boone was named field manager in November 2000. He went 190-238 (.444) for the Reds, including 66-96 in 2001, 78-84 in 2002 and 46-58 (.442) this season. His lifetime record as a Major League manager is 371-444 (.455).
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