"It was very disappointing because I know this ball club can be very, very competitive," Narron said then. "We were in nearly every game, we just couldn't seem to get it done. In that last month, we were given no chance to get better."
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2005: The Reds fired Dave Miley on June 21 after a 27-43 start. He was 125-164 in three seasons.
"Yeah, I'm bummed, no doubt about that," Miley said then. "I love baseball and loved the job. But, obviously, something had to happen. We weren't playing good, we weren't winning. It was only a matter of time."
2003: The Reds fired Bob Boone on July 28. The Reds were 46-58 at that point. He was 190-238 in three seasons. General Manager Jim Bowden was fired at the same time.
"None of these guys have gone out there and played as badly as we have," Reds shortstop Barry Larkin said at the time. "But they took the blame. That's how this game can be. When a team's losing, someone has to take the fall."
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1997: The Reds were 43-56 on July 25 when they fired Ray Knight. He was 81-81 the previous season, his first as manager.
“If the players don't believe in you, you are in big trouble," Knight said at the time. "The key is you have to win. I hate losing. Maybe the intensity I brought with that maybe rubbed some people the wrong way."
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1993: The Big Red Machine legend Perez was fired on May 24. The Reds were 20-24. It was his first season.
"It's not fair,” Perez said, “and I don't know if I was cheated, but I'd say it was a raw deal. I did a good job.”