Encarnacion’s continued development could go a long way toward determining who plays where.
Narron said the 23-year-old will need to play well to earn a spot on the club out of Spring Training.
Holy crap! He’s gone from fighting for PT to having to play well to even make the team. In what “BizzaroWorld” does this make any sense at all? Just looks like another example of the Reds “old school” baseball thinking….a mediocre vet is always better than an up and coming young player.
He plans to pair Encarnacion with new Reds bench coach Bucky Dent, who was a big-league infielder for 12 seasons.
Dent, 53, spent the past three seasons managing the Yankees Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers.
“He’s going to work with Eddie a lot in the spring,” Narron said. “Bucky’s outstanding. He’s been around a lot of good baseball people and baseball instructors.”
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.