Griffey Sr. up for Reds' first base coaching job

2/17/2006 - MLB Cincinnati Reds

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Ken Griffey Sr. is one of four candidates for the Cincinnati Reds' first base coaching job.

Manager Jerry Narron said Friday that he will discuss the job with Griffey, outfield and bunting instructor Ed Napoleon, minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator Lynn Jones and newly hired advance scout Pete Mackanin.

The job opened on Thursday when John Moses retired.

Griffey played on the Big Red Machine and teamed with his son, Ken Jr., in Seattle. He also has been a Reds coach. For the last few years, Griffey Sr. has been a special consultant to the general manager, helping with scouting and talking to players. He would
like a bigger role in the organization.

Griffey Jr. joined his hometown Reds in a trade before the 2000 season. He and his father plan to be part of the U.S. team for the
inaugural World Baseball Classic next month -- Griffey Sr. is the
first base coach.

Mackanin was hired as advance scout on Friday. He spent the last
five years in the Pirates organization, as a minor league manager
and as the major league bench coach. He also was a third base coach
for Montreal.

The Reds will hold their first workout on Saturday at their spring training complex. All but one of their 38 pitchers and catchers have reported -- catcher Javier Valentin has permission to be with his wife, who just gave birth to the couple's second child.