Paul Daugherty says that Jay Bruce is no savior, and it’s pretty much the first lucid thing he’s written or said in a decade or so (much of the rest of the column is ill-informed nonsense, but the thrust is correct). John Fay is saying the same thing. It’s true. If you are counting on Bruce to single-handedly turn this franchise around, you’re going to be disappointed.
However, Bruce is definitely a piece, the biggest piece, in the eventual transformation of this club into a contender. Along with Edwin Encarnacion, Edinson Volquez, Joey Votto (thanks, BenL), Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, and Brandon Phillips, Bruce represents the most talented cog in a very talented young core of players. With the Adam Dunns and Francisco Corderos and Aaron Harangs surrounding them, this team has a different look. A competitive look.
It’s fun, isn’t it?
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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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