From the DDN:
Biggest thing to come out of this article is a quote from Tim Naehring:
“We haven’t hired a new general manager yet,” Naehring cautioned, “but we’ll go back to a more traditional way of playing the game.”
That means a five-man rotation and higher pitch counts, but the Reds still intend to limit the number of pitches, especially for the younger prospects.
The few players (and one player’s mom) that I talked to were unanimous in their dislike for the piggy-back starting concept. One player even told me that it leads to doing MORE throwing, not less and you were throwing too much.
I can’t say that I’m a fan or critic of the piggy-back idea. It definitely hurt the lower minor teams in terms of being competitive, but if it kept pitchers healthy, is that a bad thing? And, did it keep pitchers healthy? Was it given enough of a chance to determine if it was a good system or not?
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.