In the latest episode of the Redleg Nation Radio podcast, Bill and I discuss the young pitching in the Cincinnati Reds organization, and try to put it into some kind of historical context. In addition, we looked at the entire roster and did a breakdown of the open spots and which players we thought would claim them for Opening Day. It’s another jam-packed episode!

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7 Responses

  1. TC

    Great podcast again. I really enjoy those.

    Sadly, the whole Janish conversation was a bit disheartening. But you’re right. There are really only 2 or 3 spots up for grabs. The problem is that there are too many prospects (and big leagers for that matter) that are one dimensionally awesome. Too many two or three tool players.

    It might be wise to trade a few of them for one really good 4 or 5 tool guy. It’s great to have such a strong farm, but it isn’t about quantity. Top trade prospects for me are Francisco, Alonso, and Dorn.

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  3. TC

    By the way… Bill, I know you were talking about me when you mentioned those coming out of the wood work to defend BP. That’s okay, though. I just felt it was just a non-story is all.

    I get that as fans it is hard to separate our feelings from the player and the man. But as much as I love baseball and the Reds specifically, I don’t get bent out of shape when the man doesn’t perform as well as the player. I just know I wouldn’t want a reporter following and commenting on how I perform at work sometimes. Headline: “TC Crashes the File Server” (btw I’ve never crashed a file server). We should put ourself in the place of Brandon and Chris Dickerson and realize how often we make the same mistakes in our life. It just doesn’t get reported.

    Finally, my appologies to Preach for posting on Sunday morning. I missed church and am attending Bedsite Baptist. Forgot about the time change.:oops:

  4. Bill Lack

    TC, I actually don’t remember what I said…as sorry as that is, but I can promise you, I had no one individual in mind when I made any comments about Phillips.

    As for Phillips, as Chad has said…his act has just gotten old for me, yet when we’re talking about weaknesses to be addressed, he’s not in the top 10 I’d mention for this team. It’s something every year, ignored sign, doesn’t run something out, etc. He apologizes, then a few weeks or months later, it’s something else.

  5. TC

    @Bill Lack: I must admit, it is getting more difficult for me to justify him being my favorite player. As much as I protest I don’t care about anything other than how they play, humility is an important trait to me regardless who or what they are. Lack of humility really turns me off. But when I sit in the stands before the games and watch him I fall in love with the guy all over again. I don’t see him as a Chad 8 5. But he does have those tendancies. And I am NOT a Chad fan.

    Thanks for the response. The RNR broadcasts are my favorite posts.

  6. Bill Lack

    It’s interesting how different people’s expectations shape which players they like more than others. For me, a player’s professionalism (on and off the field) is big determinant of how much I “like” that player. I can admit players are good/great players w/o liking them very much (Phillips is a prime example) and can like players that aren’t very good (I remember being a big fan of Ted Savage and Merv Rettenmund..couldn’t tell you now why.)