CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds Friday fired General Manager Murray Cook and named Bob Quinn, vice president and general manager of the New York Yankees for the past two seasons, to replace him.
Quinn, 52, was introduced at an afternoon news conference by Reds owner Marge Schott, who said there was nothing wrong with Cook, 'but I decided to make a change going into the 1990s.'
Quinn, who was given a two-year contract at an unspecified salary, said he had a one-year plan to produce a championship team.
'It would be improper for me to try to predict where the Reds will finish in 1990, but I can assure you this is not a five-year plan, not a four-year plan, not a two-year plan, but a one-year plan,' he said. 'We're shooting toward 1990. We're going to do everything we can to provide the Reds fans with what they so ricly deserve and that is a winner.'
After finishing second in the National League West four straight seasons, the Reds plummeted to fifth this season with a 75-87 record. In addition to the turmoil surrounding Manager Pete Rose, who was banned from baseball in August, the Reds were hit with injuries to most of their key players.
'We're going to try to play the kind of winning baseball that will result in a National League championship and hopefully a world championship,' Quinn said.
After attending the World Series, Quinn said he would make naming a new manager his first priority.
When asked if Tommy Helms, who finished the season as interim manager, would be considered, he said, 'Helms is a candidate.'
Quinn, a native of Boston, comes from a legendary baseball family.
His grandfather, J.A. Quinn, was general manager of four major league clubs, while his father, John Quinn, was GM of the Boston Braves for 23 years and for 13 years with the Philadelphia Phillies. His brother, Jack, has held front-office position in the National Hockey League.
He also has an extensive baseball resume.
He is a 1958 graduate of Marquette University, where he was co-captain of the track team. After playing two years of semi-pro ball following his graduation, he was general manager of the Eau Claire (Wis.) team in the Northern League.
After two years at Eau Claire, he worked for several years in non-baseball businesses before returning to baseball as general manager of the Reading (Pa.) Phillies of the Eastern League. He was named minor league executive of the year in 1967.
In 1969-70, he was general manager of the Omaha Royals of the American Association, and served as director of minor league operations for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1971-72.
He joined the Cleveland Indians in 1973 as director of scouting and minor league operations, and was promoted to vice president for player development and scouting in 1970. He left the club after the 1985 season.
Cook joined the Reds following the 1987 season, after 22 years in front office positions with other clubs, including general manager of the Yankees for parts of the 1983 and 1984 seasons.