CHICAGO -- Reds bench coach Chris Speier is getting another taste of managing while Dusty Baker is in the hospital. Speier managed in Baker's place for two games in both 2008 and 2010 while Baker served a pair of two-game suspensions.
Managing in the Majors full-time, somewhere, is an ambition for the 62-year-old Speier, who has been coaching at some level since retiring as a player in 1989. There is only one known opening, currently with the Astros, but others could surface during the offseason.
"I've never pushed my name out there," Speier said. "I think everybody in baseball understands that I would love to have the opportunity to at least go through the interview process and be part of that. That's never been a secret. I don't put myself out there. People know what I've done and what I am capable of doing. The reputation that I hopefully have around is one that if it's warranted for an opportunity, that I will get that."