From today’s Enquirer
“I don’t have anything good to say about the guy to be personally honest with you. He is a cancer in every single clubhouse that he goes to,” Freel said.
But given the way his teammates feel about him, it would be a huge upset if Jimenez played for the Reds again. Freel has stronger feelings about Jimenez than others – the two got into a fight last year at the team party – but Jimenez was not popular with the coaching staff or his teammates.
I’m not a big guy on the clubhouse being a big factor on why teams win (or lose). I remember the Oakland teams of the early ’70’s and they fought all the time and arguably were as successful as the BRM was.
But if this guy is this big of a problem, why didn’t management recognize it before re-signing him over the winter? Why didn’t the local lapdogs in the media print anything about this?
Either Jimenez’ behavior in the clubhouse isn’t that bad and this is being used as an excuse or someone in management REALLY dropped the ball…AGAIN.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.