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RED STORM RISING: ALLEN NOT MARGE'S CUP OF TEA
Published July 23, 1996
Despite learning that Marge Schott plans to replace him as CEO when his interim period ends in three weeks, John Allen plans to continue ticket discounts -- a practice that reportedly "irked" Schott -- and is seeking approval to display the retired numbers of former Reds manager Fred Hutchinson and catcher Johnny Bench in Riverfront Stadium. Schott can nominate her long-term replacement for CEO, but that person must be approved by MLB. Allen, who says he would want to continue as controller: "It's her team. She owns it. It's her prerogative" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/23).