To finish above .500, the Redlegs have to win all of their eight remaining games.

No, not going to happen.

In related news, has this been the longest season ever?

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

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.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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  1. I’ll give up on .500 if Redleg Nation can pool it’s collective mental powers to will the WLB’s away from the Wildcard slot. It’s getting uncomfortably close. Never thought I’d say this, but “Go Braves!” We might need to devote some game threads to this or something. It’s just wrong, wrong I say.

  2. I’ll take bad Reds baseball over no Reds baseball. Channel your inner Farney and grind out these last few games!!

  3. Certainly, the most deflating and disappointing Reds season since 1991.

  4. Has Joey Votto had a worse night as a Reds hitter than last night? 2Ks and 2GDPs. He seems to be slumping badly down the stretch, is he just phoning it in now with the rest of the offense?

  5. I vote phoning it in…

  6. To me 2006 felt longer, the agonizing fade, the late west coast swing debacle(1-9 or something horrible like that). Every bullpen move/trade that seemingly made some sense, blowing up in the teams face, adding fuel to the fire of despair.

    This 2011 team, once end of july hit, was pretty much out of it. At that point, it was seeing the “kids” come up and watching them compete. There was little thought by me that this team would be able to make a run on Milwaukee. Too much inconsistency between the offense and starting pitching.

    Should be interesting off-season.

    Is Walt J really staying or not?
    What pieces will Reds move in off-season, if any? for a starter pitcher? or a bat?
    Reds re-sign CoCo as closer or some other free-agent closer?
    Who plays left field? some type of Heisey/Alonso platoon is my view.
    Who caddies Rolen at 3B? seems obvious to be Juan F at this point in time.
    Will Reds know if Cozart will be able to play SS by spring? or do they bring in another SS? I think Miguel Tejada is a free-agent, to add to the latino age-ing SS collection. or maybe Omar Vizquel. LOL. He at least will play 2B and 3B if needed.

    Time to flip the calendar and say “Go 2012 Reds!”

  7. think about how long ago it feels like opening day was ……..yeah it’s been long……

  8. BA and Rolen are coming back next year……oh my…….

  9. If I was Walt and Bob, these last 2 weeks would have shown me all i need to know about dusty coming back next season….his team has finally TOTALLY quit on him, and he needs to go…..

    • If I was Walt and Bob, these last 2 weeks would have shown me all i need to know about dusty coming back next season….his team has finally TOTALLY quit on him, and he needs to go…..

      This is a good point. Given the way the Reds have underachieved this year, it seems ridiculous to have Baker manage the team next year. They need to be turned around, not just reset.

      If the organization is committed to winning, why bring back a manager who has a losing record over the four years he has been here?

      • This is a good point. Given the way the Reds have underachieved this year, it seems ridiculous to have Baker manage the team next year. They need to be turned around, not just reset. If the organization is committed to winning, why bring back a manager who has a losing record over the four years he has been here?

        I can think of about 3 million reason why they will give Dusty another season… 😉

    • If I was Walt and Bob, these last 2 weeks would have shown me all i need to know about dusty coming back next season….his team has finally TOTALLY quit on him, and he needs to go…..

      @zab1983: Exactly, and to make things worse and to sharpen the Focus on the problem,

      THE CARDINALS ARE CLOSING IN ON THE WILDCARD.

      Talk about adding insult to injury and an example of a team not giving up there is the ONE that Bob and front office should take notice of. This team needs a manager that can take charge and not worry about hurting feelings and not being a friend and a “players manager.”

      This is depressing.

  10. I’m hoping the Reds lose just enough games down the stretch to protect their first-round pick in the event they go after a Type A free agent. They’ve got the 15th-worst record right now (one game “ahead” of the Indians), and all picks in the top 16 are protected. Bargains can sometimes be found on the comp market because some teams won’t bid on a marginal/old player (e.g., Ramon Hernandez) that will also cost their first-rounder. I’d be fine with them giving up their second-rounder for a Type A reliever, for example.

  11. @Sultan of Swaff: HAHA. I haven’t thought about Farney in a long time. Made my day.

  12. @Jason1972: It may be something more nefarious. Maybe he is more of a “team player” than some give him credit for and wants the final record to reflect on Dusty leading to his dismissal. Maybe he wants to stay but only wants to stay if there is a real chance to win. I think that can only be post-Dusty. Maybe Joey knows that too. Swallowing 3 mil to say goodbye to Dusty? 3 million would be cheap to get a real chance to be a winner. Just a crazy thought.

  13. How many non-athletic professions would keep a manager who has not yielded positive results over a four year span?

    • How many non-athletic professions would keep a manager who has not yielded positive results over a four year span?

      Understand what you are saying but I don;t think it is that clear cut. Another way of looking at it (not saying I agree but….). One year he led the region (division) in sales. This year (see above) even in an off year his department is middle of the pack nationally (league) despite being in one of the smaller markets and middle of the pack in his own region.

      Depends those kinds of results get some managers canned and others retained. Just depends on the ownership.

    • How many non-athletic professions would keep a manager who has not yielded positive results over a four year span?

      Politicians?

  14. @RedBlooded: with emphasis on “crazy”. 😆

  15. I think that Joey Votto represents the epitome of why there needs to be a change at the top. He is playing as if he knows there is no hope of winning with Baker at the helm. He acts like he just can’t wait to go home for the year. He’s hitting .254 for the month which for him is awful. This after a .347 August. For those of you who think that there’s a chance that Votto may sign after this contract, think again, if Baker is still here, I don’t think that there’s a chance. He may talk in public like he’s OK but he sure doesn’t act like it.

    I mean they’ve lost 4 straight to the AAAA Astros after a sweep to the Brewers. Everyone on this team looks fed up.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. 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. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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