September 3, 1987: Larry Doughty, the Reds director of scouting, resigns. Doughty believed there was a lack of organizational commitment by Reds owner Marge Schott to scouting and the development of young players.

Over the next year, the blue-ribbon scouting department created by Bob Howsam had largely been stripped of its best talent. By December 1988, eight of the Reds top scouts had left the organization, many venting their frustrations at Reds ownership on the way out the door.

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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.

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5 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    All the more amazing that they won the world championship just three years later, based largely on young homegrown talent. And in context, not so surprising that there was next to no farm system product for several years after that, excepting Reggie Sanders.

  2. Bill

    True…speaking of bad drafts..take a look at the Draft Tracker for the ’03 draft (Bowden’s last, I think).

    One player left in the organization (Chris Dickerson). Wagner’s on the DL in Washington and he’s horrible, Gardner’s listed as being in Nashville, but no stats (DL?), Guevara (Rule 5) is on the DL in SD.

    I haven’t compared it to any others, but this seems like a horrible draft.

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    I saw that Gardner was “recalled” on a list of recent transactions. I always thought that word could only mean that they were being brought up to the majors, but apparently not. So Milwaukee claimed him when the Reds removed him from the 40-man at season’s inception . . . Gardner is currently listed on the 7-day DL.

  4. Bill

    He’s another sad Reds pitching story. When I was interviewing Thomas Pauly, he said that Gardner had some of the nastiest stuff he’d ever seen (this was before his arm problems).