Arroyo, Phillips paying immediate dividends

The Reds, who entered the season with minimal expectations, have been one of baseball's big early surprises, writes Jerry Crasnick.

Originally Published: April 29, 2006
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com
Wayne Krivsky, hired in February to replace Dan O'Brien as Reds general manager, has made a smooth transition under less than optimal circumstances. He'd feel even more at home if it weren't for the wardrobe requirements.

Before his arrival in Cincinnati, Krivsky spent 12 years in Minnesota doing everything from negotiating contracts to preparing salary arbitration cases for GM Terry Ryan. He also grew accustomed to eating in media dining rooms and sitting behind home plate with a stopwatch while scouting the National League.

Now, all of a sudden, Krivsky is watching games from a private booth upstairs and standing in front of a mirror tying Windsor knots. It's enough to make a guy feel like a big shot.


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ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer