It was announced a little while ago that the Reds’ sole All-Star representative will be shortstop Felipe Lopez.
Yep, the same Felipe Lopez who didn’t start for the first month of the season.
Yep, the same Felipe Lopez who only elbowed his way into the starting lineup because the sub-.200 hitter ahead of him on the depth chart got injured.
Yep, the same Felipe Lopez who was benched to start the season by the Reds “brain trust” — Dan O’Brien and Dave Miley — in favor of Rich Aurilia.
Yep, the same Felipe Lopez who isn’t even as good as the aging veteran Rich Aurilia — if you listen to O’Brien.
Meanwhile, Adam Dunn wasn’t even mentioned for an All-Star spot despite being one of the most productive players in the league. I can’t help but think that Dunn didn’t get All-Star respect mainly because his own team gives him zero respect, usually batting the team’s best player either sixth or seventh in the lineup. If his own team doesn’t think he’s good enough to hit third or fourth, how can he be an All-Star?
I love this team, but they will not be contenders until Dan O’Brien is run out of town on a rail.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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