Fearless prediction: Rich Aurilia will be the Opening Day third baseman in Cincinnati.
We’re going to see a repeat of the Felipe Lopez fiasco of last season. It is becoming increasingly clear that the Reds have learned nothing. Take a look at this article, about the competition at 3B.
Why is there even a question???
It’s this type of nonsense that frustrates me about following this team. The Reds have a terrible record when it comes to young players, and instead of putting Edwin Encarnacion at third and letting him play, they are going to fool around with Rich Aurilia again. Don’t they remember last year, when they picked Aurilia over an All-Star shortstop?
Will it be the young guy or the experienced veteran manning the hot corner for the Reds in 2006?
Deciding between Edwin Encarnacion and Rich Aurilia is just one of the decisions manager Jerry Narron will be mulling over during Spring Training….
If not, Encarnacion could begin the season in Triple-A Louisville, which would open the door for Aurilia. The 34-year-old returned to the fold as a free agent Jan. 8 after signing a one-year, $1.3 million contract.
“When we bring guys up from the Minor Leagues, I really want them to earn it,” Narron said. “I don’t want to bring guys out of Spring Training who aren’t ready. Having Richie back gives us a lot of options. Eddie’s going to have to play well to move in front of him.”
Did you read that? Jerry Narron just said that Rich Aurilia is ahead of Encarnacion. That makes Rich Aurilia the starting third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds.
If you are a Reds fan, you are probably sick right now.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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