Periodically, I have questions about the Reds that just seem to “bubble up” out of the back of my mind….these occurred to me today:

Why the Reds front office continually decide to play short-handed for 7-10 days, rather than DL someone for 15?

I understand there isn’t much help at Louisville this year (and even less with Janish and Valaika hurt right now). But historically, this hasn’t been the case. Is there anyone that believes that Joey Gathright or Nefi Soto wouldn’t help this team more than Costanzo or Negron?

Why the Reds waste a 40 man spot on someone like Mike Costanzo or Kristopher Negron?

I don’t mean to beat up on these two guys. I’m sure they’re nice guys doing their absolute best, but its apparent that they’re completely overmatched on a major league field. I guess its a testament to timing (when guys have to be added to the 40 man) and the shallowness of the talent pool in the top of the minor league organization.

Why there has been no discussion (at least in the media) as to whether Scott Rolen should be the Reds starting third baseman when he comes off the DL?

I know it’s been talked about to death here, but I simply don’t understand it. IMO, this should be like 1988, when Chris Sabo took the spot from Bill Doran when he was hurt.

What else can Todd Frazier do? Do you believe the Reds are a better team with Rolen at 3B and Frazier in LF or with Frazier at 3B and some combination of Ludwick/Heisey/Stubbs in LF/CF?

Why the media has not questioned the weakness and makeup of the Reds bench and the front office’s inability or unwillingness to address it for 2 seasons?

The fact that Jocketty has gotten a complete pass on this for at least 2 years is mind-boggling to me.

Why last night was the first time I have heard ANYONE in the media question whether Aroldis Chapman is becoming less effective and why? (Thank you Thom Brennaman).

He’s regressing from where he was earlier this season. He’s throwing 99% fastballs and eventually that won’t work (as has been seen the last few days). But then you have the Reds manager saying that’s okay. I’m not saying this because he’s gotten hit lately, I’m saying this because I think we got a peek at the kind of pitcher he COULD be, but may never be if the Reds continue to screw up his development. I’m hoping that the activation of Bray and, hopefully soon, Masset, will lead to a re-alignment of the Reds bullpen and that we can use Chapman where he’s most effective.

24 Responses

  1. zab1983

    What do u expect from a FO/management that can’t even get a batting lineup correct!? Take Votto and Cueto off the Reds and what would their final record be? kinda scary isn’t it? Definitely reliant upon 2 individuals way more than we should be!

    • dn4192

      What do u expect from a FO/management that can’t even get a batting lineup correct!? Take Votto and Cueto off the Reds and what would their final record be? kinda scary isn’t it? Definitely reliant upon 2 individuals way more than we should be!

      Take the top pitcher and top position player off any team and see how they drop. Outside of maybe the Rangers most teams are built around a couple of players.

  2. dn4192

    The reason people like Mr. Fay and Mr. Sheldon and others won’t ask the tough questions is simple. They are scared, they know if they piss off both Dusty and Walt they won’t be able to buddy buddy with them. I have my doubts that anyone in the press corps covering the Reds now have ever brought the hard questions up. If they have, and Walt and Dusty ignored or poo-pooed the questions they didn’t follow up. That is why Dusty loves it here, he does what he does without question and the same with Walt. I really doubt the St. Louis press was as easy on him and I can bet you the Chicago press wasn’t easy on Dusty.

    Neither man is willing to discuss their decision making process and I kinda think they don’t feel like they have to. But it is sad when even your own TV/Radio broadcast teams are now even questioning your choices/operations.

  3. Greg Dafler

    @dn4192: Baker brustles at simple lineup questions. (Like why is Ludwick starting today after Heisey’s great game last night type of question.)

    They aren’t going to ask the harder questions.

    • CaptainTonyKW

      Great game? He was 1-4 with a walk and 2Ks.

      @dn4192: Baker brustles at simple lineup questions. (Like why is Ludwick starting today after Heisey’s great game last night type of question.)

      They aren’t going to ask the harder questions.

  4. zab1983

    Looking around the MLB though, i mean the reds have their issues and i believe a lot of them are self-imposed. But, there are a lot of BAD teams IMO out there. I don’t know if it’s just this year or what, but do u think fans of the Pirates and As are wondering WTH kinda lineups are our FO sending out there? I wouldn’t put this FO/management of the reds in the upper echelon in the MLB but i would say they seem somewhat cohesive and probably not the worst bunch. (Hopefully)

  5. zab1983

    Something else that kind of gets to me (and i’ve heard Dusty talk about this REPEATEDLY) and it drives me insane! Is the rationale of thinking 2/3 all year and we’re good. This way of thinking troubles me because consciously or subconsciouly i believe it prohibits your team from going on big winning streaks (our rotation hinders that as well) Does this bother anyone else when u hear Dusty, talk about 2/3, 2/3 repeatedly, I believe that’s some more old school Hank AAron crap that Dusty loves to hang onto. How about, let’s set up a good rotation, and good stable line-up and go on long winning streaks! Sorry, just had to vent

    • redsfanman

      Something else that kind of gets to me (and i’ve heard Dusty talk about this REPEATEDLY)and it drives me insane!Isthe rationale of thinking 2/3 all year and we’re good. This way of thinking troubles me because consciously or subconsciouly i believe it prohibits your team from going on big winning streaks (our rotation hinders that as well)Does this bother anyone else when u hear Dusty, talk about 2/3, 2/3 repeatedly, I believe that’s some more old school Hank AAron crap that Dusty loves to hang onto.How about, let’s set up a good rotation, and good stable line-up and go on long winning streaks!Sorry, just had to vent

      The Reds only need to win 60% of the games this season to finish in first place. Winning 2/3 for 67% of games? Fine. This is MLB, if the Reds win 100 games they lost 62!

  6. zab1983

    @dn4192: I think most first place teams could handle it WAY better than the Reds could. I understand your point, and obviously have no evidence, just seems like cueto and votto off reds and they’d be lucky to win 75 games. IDK, u have a point though

  7. per14

    I don’t have answers so I’ll mainly pile on:

    1) Frazier has probably been the Reds 2nd best position player since he started playing full time. Taking his bat out of the lineup will leave a hole. And it makes me mad. I still think Rolen can contribute on a part-time basis if his defense remains what it was and if he can maintain a good OBP (which I think he can) even if he has no accompanying power. What I would do is juggle Ludwick’s, Rolen’s, Stubbs’, and Heisey’s playing time, and keep the Frazier as the constant whether he is playing 3B or LF.

    2) Chapman. Sheish. I continue to believe a best seller will be written in 10 years (or 5) about how badly the Reds screwed the whole situation up.

    3) The Bench. Here, I guess, my question is what could the Reds do? It’s easy to say the bench is terrible, which it largely is, but with the Reds limited resources, I don’t know how how feasible it is for them to have a great bench and an adequate starting lineup.

    • Bill Lack

      3) The Bench. Here, I guess, my question is what could the Reds do? It’s easy to say the bench is terrible, which it largely is, but with the Reds limited resources, I don’t know how how feasible it is for them to have a great bench and an adequate starting lineup.

      This one is the easiest, IMO.

      They simply have (year after year) made continual bad decisions on picking up bench players…you could start with giving Miguel Cairo a 2 year deal for no reason in the world,to Corey Patterson (I think that was Walt), to Edgar Renteria, to Johny Gomes, to Fred Lewis, to Ryan Ludwick and the list goes on and on.

      Players that it was apparent didn’t fit this teams needs or that were past the end of the careers. I’m not sure what they can do now b/c I’m not sure what’s out there, but the GM has to find the players, convince the owner they’re worth the $$ it will take, and then get ’em signed. Walt has continually failed at this since taking over as GM.

      • dn4192

        This one is the easiest, IMO. They simply have (year after year) made continual bad decisions on picking up bench players…you could start with giving Miguel Cairo a 2 year deal for no reason in the world,to Corey Patterson (I think that was Walt), to Edgar Renteria, to Johny Gomes, to Fred Lewis, to Ryan Ludwick and the list goes on and on. Players that it was apparent didn’t fit this teams needs or that were past the end of the careers. I’m not sure what they can do now b/c I’m not sure what’s out there, but the GM has to find the players, convince the owner they’re worth the $$ it will take, and then get ‘em signed. Walt has continually failed at this since taking over as GM.

        What “bench” players out there that have floated among teams over the past couple of seasons do you think the Reds should have gotten?

      • redsfanman

        This one is the easiest, IMO.

        They simply have (year after year) made continual bad decisions on picking up bench players…you could start with giving Miguel Cairo a 2 year deal for no reason in the world,to Corey Patterson (I think that was Walt), to Edgar Renteria, to Johny Gomes, to Fred Lewis, to Ryan Ludwick and the list goes on and on.

        Players that it was apparent didn’t fit this teams needs or that were past the end of the careers. I’m not sure what they can do now b/c I’m not sure what’s out there, but the GM has to find the players, convince the owner they’re worth the $$ it will take, and then get ‘em signed. Walt has continually failed at this since taking over as GM.

        So, players are quality guys in their primes (in which case, like Frazier or Heisey, they are being unfairly blocked) or they are worthless, nothing else. Bring in (or extend) somebody whose numbers then drop (like Cairo this season) and it becomes a foolish move. Interesting outlook. Being labeled as a ‘bench player’ or ‘utility player’ is some kind of a death sentence.

        Ludwick might be worthless but he’s what, 3rd on the team in homeruns and 4th for RBIs? So far that’s pretty successful for a bench player. Gomes also never got credit for producing runs. After all, they are bench players.

        Guys like Frazier and Heisey are arguably bench players, or at least they entered the season that way, so they’re ignored by critics. The lesson is that if a bench player is successful they are no longer part of the bench, which is confusing.

        I think the bench will miraculously improve a bit when Stubbs, Heisey, Rolen, and Janish are all healthy. Cairo is a better hitter than his numbers indicate while Valdez’s versatility and bunting helps to make him valuable. Negron, I’ll be happy enough to have him gone.

  8. cincyreds14

    It’s going to be a lot simpler than posters here are making it out to be. Rolen will not be sturdy enough to play FT so Frazier plays 3B 2-3 times a week. Then he plays LF 2-3 games a week, making him almost, almost a FT player. Ludwick simply *SUCKS* and will be at best (if he is not gone) a bench player. Heisey plays a stellar CF and Stubbs will be spelled – weekly giving Chris at least a HT player. And for the poster that said the Reds are a two team horse – please learn a little more about BB before you comment – thanks! And finally for the poster that said that Arrendondo is gone – check his stats before commenting (that way you won’t look like a fool). Way too many posters who know so very little about the game. Hang with some people that you could learn from – thanks.

  9. cincyreds14

    As for good old Uncle Walt – he has his nose so far up the ARSE of former Cardinal players – who else here has noticed that (I’d like to see his stats in the 5th-6th grade – he must be a real hard-up wanna be?

    And Walt is given way too many passes – he simply is inadequate at the ML level – would love to see a change at the GM but with the Reds are playing and winning we all know how likely that will be.

  10. cincyreds14

    Oh, by the way – the only reason good old Uncle Waltie is still with the Reds is that he has actually been an upgrade (from a D to a C/C+) from the Reds most recent GMs. Or has everyone forgot the fool who writes for ESPN – I wish that he forecast stocks because if he did I would make a bundle going 100% AGAINST his predictions.

  11. cincyreds14

    Oh and DN 1492 – people always like to focus on a GM’s failures instead of their successes. Uncle Walt successes include picking up Alfredo Simon, Jose Arredondo and outmaneuvered a whole stable of GMs for the rights to Chapman (and he made the right joy at the Red’s future catcher is Messoroco).

    Part of the real problem is that Dusty and Walt are like water and vinegar – they simply don’t work well or complement the other – at all (meaning if the Reds are to have continuing success the Reds owner will eventually have to make a choice as to who they are going to keep (here’s saying it is going to be Walt’s show and Dusty will be sent packing his bags one day)!

    • redsfanman

      Part of the real problem is that Dusty and Walt are like water and vinegar – they simply don’t work well or complement the other – at all (meaning if the Reds are to have continuing success the Reds owner will eventually have to make a choice as to who they are going to keep (here’s saying it is going to be Walt’s show and Dusty will be sent packing his bags one day)!

      Dusty and Walt are like water and vinegar – they simply don’t work well or complement the other’? I don’t know why you say that, they’ve never criticized or questioned the others’ decisions and they both primarily strive to keep the players from being distracted. They’ve shown that one acquires players, the other manages the players provided and they leave it at that, handling anything else in-house. I think Dusty, the public face of the Reds, will eventually leave as a scapegoat while Jocketty can continue to survive in the shadows.

  12. vegastypo

    Talking about the media, I’ve always wondered why, when news broke about the new contracts for Votto and then BP, the “breaking news” came from USA Today. Maybe it’s just me, but every report I heard about those new contracts started with, “USA TODAY is reporting that the Reds have …”

    So if the media who cover the Reds on a daily basis are treading lightly — and clearly they seem to be, given the obvious questions that go unasked — they are getting no “love” in return so far as the team giving them “scoops.” The scoops go to the big media boys.

    • redsfanman

      Talking about the media, I’ve always wondered why, when news broke about the new contracts for Votto and then BP, the “breaking news” came from USA Today. Maybe it’s just me, but every report I heard about those new contracts started with, “USA TODAY is reporting that the Reds have …”

      So if the media who cover the Reds on a daily basis are treading lightly — and clearly they seem to be, given the obvious questions that go unasked — they are getting no “love” in return so far as the team giving them “scoops.” The scoops go to the big media boys.

      I guess guys like John Fay and Tom Groeschen for the Enquirer and Mark Sheldon go home after working rather than camping out in the front office… while organizations like ESPN and USA Today speak to agents and monitor sports twitter accounts.

      It’s pretty easy to criticize the writers for not gaining any information to report but, well, if nobody in the organization is willing to give out information whatchagonnadoaboutit?

  13. redsfanman

    It seems like most of your questions about the guys on the roster could be answered by asking ‘who would you rather see?’ It’s like Corey Patterson all over again – fans complain that ANYONE would be better but can’t suggest a better option, in this case than Negron.

    You probably haven’t heard about Chapman ‘regressing’ because it just came up.

    The Reds keep everything quiet. The owner, manager, GM, everyone – they aren’t under obligation to share anything, are they? They must have learned long ago that they only hear complaints either way. Guys are sick with flu-like symptoms and it was initially tough to get news on who was infected. We don’t get told about minor injuries to players. Sometimes depression (Votto) is diagnosed as an ‘inner ear infection’ just to settle fans. That’s not a matter of poor reporting, it’s just how they handle things.

    That leads into the Scott Rolen situation. If he’s activated on Monday in Cleveland what does that mean as far as playing time? For all we know Stubbs and Heisey are both candidates to go on the DL. It seems premature for the broadcasters to be predicting Rolen’s playing time without an idea of who else will be on the roster. Whether or not Jay Bruce is willing to temporarily move to CF is a major factor regarding playing time and the necessity of Kris Negron.

  14. Mark Tokar

    dusty is empathetic, supportive, genuinely concerned about his players, and appears to be a really nice man. He’s a good hitting man. His good far outweighs his bad, and he’s an asset to any organization. But he is Peter-Principled as manager. I love the guy, would love to have a Dad like that. It sucks to say that as a manager he’s over his head, in my opinion.

    • redsfanman

      dusty is empathetic, supportive, genuinely concerned about his players, and appears to be a really nice man. He’s a good hitting man. His good far outweighs his bad, and he’s an asset to any organization. But he is Peter-Principled as manager. I love the guy, would love to have a Dad like that. It sucks to say that as a manager he’s over his head, in my opinion.

      During his time with the Reds I think Dusty has done a great job with what he’s been given. He’s been blamed for years for losing records on teams that nobody expected to compete. Terrible lineups on teams in which nobody could suggest an acceptable lineup. There are reasons why players like him, why the organization likes him, and why he gets Manager of the Year votes… and it isn’t because he is incompetent or unpopular.

      He rarely, if ever, complains – I think that’s good but other fans perceive it badly. He rarely, if ever, blames or criticizes his players. Don’t like his lineup? Rather than explain it and point out players’ weaknesses (THAT guy can’t fill that job because…) he just ignores the questions. Why is _____ not doing _____? That’s just how it is, neither guy needs to worry about it.

      He can justify letting Phillips hit cleanup because he doesn’t have faith in other players to do the same job – but where does implying that the others are incapable get him? It doesn’t make the fans happy, doesn’t make the players happy… so Phillips is hitting cleanup and they’re leaving it at that. I think he’s right to avoid causing controversy and distractions.