Tag:Bob Castellini
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: October 18, 2011 12:18 pm

Former Reds owner Lindner dies at 92

Carl LindnerBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Former Reds owner Carl Lindner passed away Monday night at the age of 92.

Lindner owned the Reds from 1999-2005, selling the team to current a group led by Bob Castellini. He had been  minority owner before and after his term as CEO in those six seasons. Lindner's biggest moment as owner was approving the trade to bring Ken Griffey Jr. from Seattle to his hometown of Cincinnati. He was also the owner when Great American Ball Park opened.

Lindner took over the Reds from Marge Schott. As owner of the Reds -- and perhaps as a reaction to the style of Schott -- Lindner shied away from the public and was seen as the scapegoat for the Reds' struggles. The new owner, Castellini, has been much more visible as the team's owner, in part learning from the reaction to Lindner's silence.

The high-school dropout started his fortune with a dairy and convenience store chain, before founding American Financial Corp., which later acquired Chiquita Brands International and Great American Insurance. That company's name is used on the Reds' stadium.

"Carl was a great entrepreneur, family man and friend of the Greater Cincinnati region," Castellini said in a statement released by the team. "His humble beginnings gave him a great sense of how to create value and the importance of giving back to your community. He is perhaps the greatest Horatio Alger, rags to riches, story in Cincinnati’s corporate history. He understood the importance of a healthy and vibrant city core and for years helped to create such a city – quietly, constructively and often anonymously. He made many great contributions to the city – not the least of which was being tied to the Reds ownership since 1981, including having purchased controlling ownership in 1999. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time." 

Here's his obituary from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 5:02 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 5:53 pm

Sparky Anderson remembered

Sparky Anderson One of my favorite memories of newspapering was when an editor at the Cincinnati Post asked me to call Sparky Anderson for a story I was doing.

"Do you have his number?" I asked.

Nope, no need. He was listed. Thousand Oaks, Calif., George Anderson. A simple call to information and I had his number. Minutes later, I was on the phone with the Hall of Fame manager. The next 30 minutes I got to listen to Sparky Anderson tell stories about the Big Red Machine.

A year later, in 2005, I met Anderson and did a story on the Reds retiring his number. His former players joined him in a news conference, and Anderson didn't say too much, he just sat back as Johnny Bench and Tony Perez held court, telling their stories of Anderson. Anderson just laughed, and the old team was together again, performing at a top level -- because of Anderson.

On Thursday, some of those same people are telling stories, but in a more somber way. Here's some reaction from around baseball.

• Tony Perez: "Sparky was a great man and a great manager. He was the man who put together some great teams and made us go. We will miss him. We love him."

• Pete Rose: "Baseball lost an ambassador today. Sparky was, by far, the best manager I ever played for. He understood people better than anyone I ever met. His players loved him, he loved his players, and he loved the game of baseball. There isn't another person in baseball like Sparky Anderson. He gave his whole life to the game."

• Gary Nolan: "I have a lot of respect for Sparky Anderson and am very saddened to hear of his passing. He was a heck of a manager and handled personalities on the team very well. Sparky and I had quite a few conversations about pitching philosophy, and the way he used his bullpen was the key to his success. He was like a father to the guys on the team, a heck of a leader and a great baseball mind."

• Tommy Helms: "Sparky saw what he had and was able to get the most out of them. He was a people person. He knew how to handle people and get them to get along. If you can get even 90 percent of 25 guys on the same page, you're doing a good job. With Sparky, even if everyone didn’t get along off the field, by God they were all together when they were on it. He just did an outstanding job and treated everyone with class.”

• Reds owner Bob Castellini: "All of baseball mourns the passing of one of the game's all-time great managers and ambassadors. In one way or another, Sparky touched the life of every Reds fan. Every person who visits our ballpark and Hall of Fame is reminded of his contribution to the success of this proud franchise. We offer our prayers and support to Sparky's family and friends during this difficult time."

• Bud Selig: "I am truly saddened by the loss of Sparky Anderson. I have lost and all of Baseball has lost a dear friend. Sparky was a gentleman, a great baseball man and a superb ambassador for the game.  Sparky won three World Series Championships with the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers, leading several of the best teams of the last 40 years and holding the most wins as manager for both tradition-rich franchises.

"I recall with great fondness the many hours we would spend together when his Tigers came to Milwaukee. Sparky was a loyal friend, and whenever I would be dealing with difficult situations as Commissioner, he would lift my spirits, telling me to keep my head up and that I was doing the right thing.

"On behalf of our game, I send my deepest condolences to Sparky’s wife, Carol, his three children, his nine grandchildren, and to all of his fans in Cincinnati, Detroit and throughout Baseball who were touched by this great man."

• Al Kaline (via Detroit Free Press ): “Sparky was one of the greatest people I’ve met in baseball. He was a leader to his players both on and off the field. He was an incredible person and I cherish the time I was able to spend with him. He was a great leader and a great baseball man.”

• Lance Perish (via MLB.com ): "He was always pushing and cracking the whip. He just pushed the right buttons all the time. If there was ever, in my collection of my baseball career, a guy who always seemed to know the buttons to push or things to say, he did it. It's a real tribute to him as a manager, but he seemed to know the personality of everybody on the team and who to delegate what to, when to put the right guy in the right situation. Everything worked out."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 3:01 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 6:45 am

Video: Reds celebrate NL Central title

Edions Volquez It was a rookie mistake, I realized. I'd remembered to wear my rain jacket in the Reds clubhouse after Jay Bruce's homer clinched the team's first division title in 15 years, but I forgot to put my hood up.

I heard Homer Bailey before I saw him, and he doused me with champagne -- the hood would have served as protection and camouflage. Instead, it was useless and I was drenched.

Any baseball writer worth his salt knows to prepare for the celebration. It looks fun -- and it kinda is -- but it makes the usual game-writing impossible. It's tough to talk to players, who are more interested in dousing teammates with alcoholic beverages than talking to reporters. And when they do talk, they're constantly interrupted by liquid being poured over their heads. Still, it's pretty fun to see.

It was nice to see Aaron Harang, who is having a terrible season and is unlikely to be a part of the postseason roster, enjoying himself. It's a team game, and it's more noticeable than anywhere as Harang celebrates as much as the hero, Bruce.

You could see the joy the players got in dousing manager Dusty Baker, who despite his critics, rarely has any in his own clubhouse. Brandon Phillips had never tasted alcohol until he had beer and champagne poured over him -- and at one point you could tell he didn't feel like he'd be tasting another Budweiser anytime soon as he spit out what got into his mouth.

After finishing off the champagne, veteran reliever Arthur Rhodes led the troops out onto the field to celebrate with the thousands that stayed in the stadium to celebrate. Jonny Gomes -- who celebrated with the 2008 Rays -- sprayed fans with champagne as he wore his ski goggles.

Players took a lap, high-fiving fans anywhere near the fence. One woman stole Bruce's hat before he pulled it back.

Phillips thanked the fans on the microphone, then passed it to Joey Votto as fans chanted "M-V-P" for  the first baseman, who hugged the night's hero before passing Bruce the mic. Bruce then addressed the crowd.

Owner Bob Castellini, wearing a Reds pullover and track pants over his regular clothes to keep from stinking of champagne and beer, handed Orlando Cabrera a box of cigars. Weeks ago, Castellini told Cabrera he'd give him a box of the "best legal cigars in the U.S." -- and he paid off with a box of Liga Privada No. 9 cigars. Cabrera then handed out the cigars to anyone close and also used a torch to light them for anyone who wanted one.

Finally, as TV cameras continued to interview just about anyone in uniform, Castellini saw general manager Walt Jocketty and gave him a hug. Castellini promised to bring Cincinnati a winner four years ago when he bought the team, and he finally had.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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