It has not taken long for Cincinnati Reds legend Barry Larkin to put his fingerprints on the Mumbai Cobras.
Just a day after Larkin was named as the honorary GM of the Cobras, the franchise has announced its first manager. Former Reds teammate Chris Sabo will be taking the reins for the Cobras as they look to establish baseball in India.
Mumbai Cobras have Cincinnati Reds connection
Sabo made his mark in the majors. He was a three time All Star and was the 1988 NL Rookie of the Year with the Reds, winning a World Series in 1990. Overall, Sabo posted a solid .268/.326/.445 batting line with 116 homers and 214 doubles in his 3714 plate appearances, chipping in 120 steals.
He does have some experience coaching as well. Sabo had been a hitting instructor for the Dayton Dragons in 2005. He was also an assistant coach for the University of Cincinnati afterward. Following his time in law school, Sabo returned to baseball, serving as the manager of the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the collegiate Northwoods League in 2017. He also served as the first manager for the University of Akron before leaving after the 2022 season.
In Sabo, the Cobras have someone who has plenty of experience teaching younger players how to play the game. He was a hardnosed player, beloved by the Reds’ fanbase for his hustle and all-out style. It would not be a surprise to see those traits translate to the Cobras as well. As the Cobras and Baseball United look to find their way, his presence could help smooth over any pitfalls.
The Mumbai Cobras have their first manager. Cincinnati Reds’ fan favourite Chris Sabo is taking the reins.