2016 Reds

Laying the 2016 Reds to Rest

Over at Cincinnati Magazine, I tried to put the 2016 Reds season to bed:

Remember those old highlight videos that teams used to produce years ago? The 1990 Reds had one called “Wire to Wire,” and I wore out my copy of the 1990 World Series highlights. After the current Reds season that is now—mercifully—drawing to a close, I’m thinking about putting together a highlight reel that tells the story of this year’s club. It’ll be available only on VHS (obviously), and I already have a name for it:

“The 2016 Cincinnati Reds: Precisely What Did You Expect?”

Might need to add a hashtag or a Harambe meme or something in the title, but once I figure out the marketing specifics, I’m sure it’ll sell like hotcakes. (Mmmmm…hotcakes.) After all, this is a season that we’re all going to want to re-live, right?

Actually, there are some things about the 2016 season that we’ll want to remember—more on that in a minute—but mostly we’re going to want to bury the details of this campaign as deep in the back of our collective brains as possible.

Please go over there and read the rest, then let me know what you think. What will you remember from this year? (If, that is, you are forced to remember anything.)

11 thoughts on “Laying the 2016 Reds to Rest

  1. Votto and Phillips, how they struggled to start this season (Phillips more so than Votto), and how they both rebounded to have fantastic seasons at the plate (Votto more so than Phillips, but still a very nice rebound for Phillips). That’s it though.

  2. FO inability to properly navigate the trade deadline by not being able to multi-task and trade Bruce and Cozart at the same time.

    Adam Duvall solving our LF problems.

    The worst bullpen in Reds history, highlighted by Ohlendorf’s old timey windup.

    Actually playing decent baseball after the all-star break giving Reds fans false momentum and hope to build on during the offseason.

  3. Duvall! Capably filling LF–with a power bat and even his glove–coming out of nowhere.

    Iggy and Lorenzon –shutdown bullpen arms!

    And all of those no-name pitchers early in the season and straight-ball throwers like Jumbo? I’m trying very, very hard to forget!

  4. I think how this season is remembered largely depends on if the rebuild is ultimately successful and if the players continue to develop. For example, if Billy Hamilton suddenly bulks up to become more durable and develops into Rickey Henderson 2.0, we can look back at this season and say we saw the seeds being planted. Likewise if any of the young pitchers develop into top of the rotation starters or if Peraza and Suarez continue their development.

    So it depends. If the Reds’ front office actually manages to successfully put a contender on the field in the next few years, I’m sure we’ll remember this season as a painful but necessary step to get there. However, if the Reds continue to flounder for the next 5 seasons or more, this season will simply blend into the tapestry of mediocrity, much like the seasons of the Griffey/Dunn Lost Decade.

    • I was only 9 when we traded for Griffey and was a casual fan until a few years ago. Knowing all that I know now about building a small market team and everything that goes into rebuilding, I have to ask, was there any sense of hope during those years or was it just constant frustration?

      • I remember thinking they might actually contend one year when they got Every Day Eddie Guardardo to shore up the bullpen, not sure that was the year they were eliminated the last weekend of the season and the Cards went on to win the World Series.
        Seems like 2002 they were in 1st place for 2 months, Bowden had some good trades nixed for salary issues and they ended up getting some bum from Detroit for a can’t miss catcher that never made it. Seems like there were all these can’t miss prospects that never ended up here, but it does all blur together.

        • That’s my point exactly. I remember when they got Ryan Dempster, and he was gonna be the guy. I think they got Moehler (the guy from Detroit) the same season and he was gonna help out too.

          Then they traded Boone for Claussen, brought in Lidle (RIP) and Milton, the list goes on and on. The Reds had an offense that could run with anyone, and we were always sold the idea that the pitching just needed to be “good enough” in order to compete.

          People quickly figured out that the front office couldn’t even do “good enough”, and with Griffey injured all the time, the offense never was what it could have been.

          So was there hope? There was a feeling of “If everything goes just right…”, then yeah, maybe there was hope. But it was like hoping to win the lottery.

  5. Remember OF Jake Cave?
    At AA this year, .288/.353/.510 in 27 games.
    At AAA this year, .261/.323/.401 in 89 games.

    Cave just wasn’t ML ready when the Reds picked him in the Rule V draft and then had to return him to the NYY. He is still just 23 years old. He would have been a Sept 1 call up for the Reds and probably would have played CF in Sept. after BHam was hurt. It would have been nice if the Reds could have had him at AAA this year, but the Reds certainly couldn’t have had Cave on the 25-man roster all season though.

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