I was joined this week by my most frequent co-host, Editor Emeritus of Redleg Nation Bill Lack. The discussion keeps returning to the likelihood of the Reds being a .500 club (or better!) in 2018. Bill also asks why there are so few open competitions for spots in the lineup this spring, especially given how bad the Cincinnati Reds have been the last three years.

Most importantly: is it time to PANIC over Joey Votto’s lack of production this spring?

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11 Responses

  1. Bill

    Votto needs to be DFA’d immediately. The Reds can’t afford to pay $20 million a year for a guy who can’t hit in Spring Training.

    I don’t have any data to back it up, but doesn’t he typically have low numbers in the spring and also typically starts the year slow? I think it just takes him a few weeks to find his wallet after travelling to AZ and then back to Cincinnati

    • Colorado Red

      Despite the fact that you are joking, The Reds would still have to pay the rest of his salary to play in the minors.
      Even if someone claims him, Joey just says No Trade, no go.

      • Bill

        Thank you for pointing that out. I guess the only hope is to sell the team to the Marlins.

  2. Colorado Red

    This Year, I think the Reds win 75 – 80 games. I would love 81 or more.
    Next year sign Charlie Blackmon and Dallas Keuchel.
    They will not be biggest contracts, and may fly under the radar.
    I also just purchased MLB.tv to see my Reds.
    I do think we need to see what we got with the pitching, and I do not like Arrieta he is overrated.
    Basketball ended when Miami got beaten.

  3. WVRedlegs

    The decline has started. OMG, the sky is falling, the sky is falling.
    2018 is going to be the year Joey Votto wins his first NL batting title. The OBP title is getting to be old hat to him.

  4. Shchi Cossack

    Each off season, Votto appears to engage in a process of introspection and evaluation, focusing on what he did not do well rather than what he did do well the previous season. This provides him with a challenge for the next season. Last season his personal challenge was defense. This season his personal challenge is base running. This methodology provides Votto an opportunity to make the most significant improvement to his performance and contribution to the team’s success, an adjunct of the weakest link theory.

    This goes hand-in-hand with his personal challengeto everyone in the Reds organization to get better and more competitive…now. He not only makes a public proclamation but he shows eeryone and anyone who cares, how to do it, without pointing fingers.

    This brought back the Old Cossack’s impression of Scott Rolen, when he joined the Reds, with his effective, agressive base running that seemed to inspire an entire team. Rolen was not blessed with extraordinary speed, but he drove himself to excel with the tools he had.

    Could this be the season that Votto takes the team on his shoulders, much as Rolen did in 2010, and compels them to succeed with the supporting cast needed to achieve success? I vaguely recall Votto mentioning his personal desire for championship ring(s) previously, but he’s brought it up again this season with more immediacy in his message.

    • WVRedlegs

      I agree.
      When are the Reds going to put the Captain’s “C” on Votto’s #19 jersey?

    • Satchmo

      “Votto appears to engage in a process of introspection and evaluation, focusing on what he did not do well rather than what he did do well the previous season. This provides him with a challenge for the next season.”

      Joey Votto, the Jordan Peterson of Baseball?

    • big5ed

      Doug puts a lot of time into his site and does great work. I hope people will read and support him. This article is a good example.

      His general point is that drafting well is a big component of a re-build, but a team also has to make a few strategic trades and sign some free agents. Pure tanking doesn’t work, because the top guys in the draft (say, 1 through 5) turn out not to be predictably better first-rounders taken lower. Like Mike Trout.

      • Steve Mancuso

        Does anyone really say a team can rebuild entirely through top draft picks?