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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.

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  1. AGREE with Joey 100%.. Need to start by getting a manager.

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  2. Get rid of Dick Williams!!! He does not know what he is doing!!! Rebuild is over!!! No free agents want to come to Cincy and he misuses the players he has now. Also if Price is such a good pitching coach , then why are his pitchers getting hurt or underperforming? Castillo has been traded 3 times and he did ok at the end of the season after Cincy was no where in contention and most teams were giving their starting players rest when they played the Reds and the same goes for Romano and Mahale and Bailey. Now it’s the beginning of the season and everyone is playing hard let’s see how everyone pitches. Mahale had a great game and could of pitched 6 no hit innings if not for Winker being a slow right fielder and Romano pitched a quality game not a good game so let’s see what happens today and Rob Steve should be in the bigs instead of Reed and Garrett should be given a shot or trade him and get some talent for him before it’s to late.So once again if Price is such a good pitching coach why can’t he figure out how to keep his pitchers healthy and competitive ? Maybe Mack Brown needs to go??? There is a solution out there and it’s not players playing in front of less then 10 thousand fans at home.

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    • Price needs to return to the art and science of coaching pitchers and let the manager he’s working for make the decision on how and when to utilize the pitcher.

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  3. Couple weeks ago my son in Raleigh, NC, texted me and said he has four days off in July so why don’t we go watch a couple Reds games.
    I JOKINGLY said it would be cheaper to sit around and watch newsreels of the Hindenberg disaster.
    Little did I know that it would be a fitting description for the start of the season.
    We will still be there for the Cardinal series because I get to spend time with my son.
    I don’t blame Joey Votto for getting so tired of losing but he needs to set a better example than his TOOTBLAN yesterday.

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  4. “Joey is obviously a trouble maker. He should be traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, for a couple of minor league relief pitchers, and the Reds pick up half his remaining contract salary just to make this deal work. This is part of the rebuilding process.

    That seems about right.” – Dick Williams, with Bob Castellini whispering in his ear

    Reds: Last place again this year. Maybe 65 wins. All that talk about the Pirates rebuilding? They are a lot better than they were last year, without McCutcheon, and are going to beat the Reds like a red-headed step child. I can’t wait to watch the Reds get the tar beat out of them by the Cardinals and Brewers. Or maybe I can wait.

    I watched about 30 seconds of the game last night, just long enough to see that they were going to get beat again. Attendance is going to stink this year.
    Fine job, Bob. Fine job. Kudos.

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  5. “We will not rest until you are happy. The Reds are, after all, your team. You buy the tickets. You watch the games. You support us financially and emotionally. Without you, the Reds cannot be great. We know you won’t be happy until the team wins. We won’t be happy, either.” There’s a lot of unhappiness in the kingdom of Cincinnati Reds Fans.

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  6. “We will build one of the most respected organizations in baseball. As partners in other successful baseball organizations we know how it’s done. We will build a winning management team by putting the right people in the right positions with the right resources to win. We will foster a winning attitude and culture.” Translation: We will use nepotism like you’ve never seen before, as we put owner’s sons without baseball experience in executive positions of this baseball club.

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  7. “We’ll share our story and our strategy, communicating directly with fans everywhere who want to know what is going on.” I’ve asked a couple of time now what is “The Process” after being told by someone @Reds that I should trust “The Process.” Still no reply.

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    • When Walt Jocketty is dismissed…I will pay attention. It took 35 people and 3 hours of meetings to cancel Opening Day….Dick Williams isn’t in charge.

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  8. If only the Reds would DO SOMETHING! If this was a New York team this crap would have been fixed a couple of years ago. My time line for this fiasco began in 2010 when Jocketty DID NOTHING to improve the roster knowing it was a playoff squad. He did nothing in 2012 & 2013 to improve playoff squads. Then the trades of Frazier, Chapman, Cueto, Bruce were ill-timed & underwhelming. Add Price’s ineptness & Dick Williams lack of baseball chops and we have our present day fiasco.

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    • I’m afraid you’re letting your frustration get the best of you. Adding Latos and Choo hardly counts as “did nothing”, and that’s just off the top of my head. Maybe they could have done more, but with just a tiny bit of luck and some better managing we would have hung a World Series Championship banner after the 2012 season.

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      • Yeah, Latos & Choo were nice offseason additions. So how do those acquisitions help the ball club now? Like I said, the Red’s FO did nothing to fortify the rosters of the 2010, 2012 & 2013 teams. Tiny bit of luck doesn’t cut it. And, the so-called management of this team, well we all know how that’s working. Someone on this board said not too long ago that it’s the FO’s responsibility to fix things, well our FO isn’t very good at their job.

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      • I’m not frustrated. I’ve been around too long to think the Red’s FO is nothing but an entertaining Chinese fire-drill.

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  9. I don’t think any real fan is happy with the current state of the Reds. We can all be mad that Jockety failed to improve the club during the 2010-2013 window when the team was close to winning it all. We can all agree the trades of Frazier and Chapman should have happened after the All Star Game in Cincinnati, and that the Bruce trade was horrible. It is also reasonable to be angry over the constant scrap heap veteran finds that take up roster spots every year. However I think those angry over the start to this season probably had unrealistic expectations.

    Coming into the year we knew the number one thing was going to be pitching, both the health of the proven starters or the development of the many young guys. Finnegan and Disco are still injured and the young guys are still unknowns. Every year there is a new guy everyone is excited about, Stephenson, Reed a couple years ago, then Garrett started out last year unstoppable , next Castillo came up, and now we have Mahle. Reed and Stephenson never lived up to the hype, Garrett has been relegated to a bullpen role, Castillo has not been able to repeat last years performance in his first few starts. Until the pitching is figured out the Reds are going to keep losing.

    We also knew there were holes in the roster for the position players. We knew Hamilton’s bat was never going to be sufficient and there isn’t a better option in CF defensively. The rest of the OF was going to consist of some combination of Duvall, Schebler, and Winker. Duvall we can expect to play like an all star for half the year while providing excellent defense, Schebler has some power, Winker can get on base but has weak defense; overall you probably end up with an average OF. In the infield the Reds needed Scooter to repeat last years performance and to overcome the loss of Cozart’s offense and defense; knowing his replacement was below average in both areas. They also needed Votto to continue playing like a MVP and for Suarez to continue to improve. With Votto evidently trying to find his wallet the offense isn’t going to win any games. Eventually Votto will begin hitting, and eventually Senzel will find a place in the lineup, but until then the offense will struggle.

    We also know we will be forced to watch Gallardo and other veterans prove they are not major league players anymore and watch Price make questionable decisions with the lineup.

    My hope is that the rotation sorts itself out this year or at least determines that another starter needs acquired in the off season. I also hope the corner positions are locked in and the Reds try to find a CF in the offseason. I think there are enough options in the IF that it will sort itself out. There are probably some good trade possibilities at the deadline this year for guys who aren’t going to be around long. I also don’t think Price will be around next year.

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  10. Up the road in Columbus it took the star player, Rick Nash, asking to be traded for the good of the team in the middle of a long term deal to turn things around for the NHL franchise. Can’t help but wonder if this is Votto’s warning shot that he could be headed down the same path..

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  11. What I find so discouraging about this organization is that they can’t even handle the *easiest* decisions. Passing on Gallardo should have been an easy decision. Not inserting him into close games with plenty of other options available should be an easy decision. Not having BH leading off (especially against lefties) should be an easy decision. Not double-switching for one of your best offensive players when you’re down by 4 runs should be an easy decision.
    Replacing a manager who doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing and isn’t getting any positive results should be an easy decision. If they can’t get these easy ones right — and all they’d have to do is read this blog for a few days to know what most of the right answers are — surely they can’t be trusted to get the difficult ones right. When they do manage to get something right (e.g. Scooter), I tend to think it’s more luck than skill, because I don’t trust their judgment at all.

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    • 100% agree

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    • You are correct…..but why can’t this organization move forward? Because they all think alike and winning is mixed with other things. . Castellini has his “advisors”.
      Jocketty is STILL there. Perhaps Jocketty is more interested in defending his legacy than winning in 2019?

      Love Joe Morgan and Lou Piniella… Should they really be chattering in Castellinis’ ear as advisors? It’s 2018. The game has changed. Barry Larkin is campaigning to be the manager. It all needs to stop.

      Dick Williams and his baseball ops team need to direct this team. Bob needs to keep too many people happy who aren’t focused on winning World championships. He is owned by P&G and the Enquirer and the corporate sponsors in Cincinnati who care about other things than winning.

      He is owned by Joe Morgan and the Reds alumni with their priorities. He is owned by Walt Jocketty and his executive team who live in 1982. He is owned by his marketing team who wanted Chapman closing every third day and Billy in CF with a cool bobblehead.

      Bob needs to focus on winning. He fired Wayne Krivsky a decade claiming that was his focus. What happened Bob???

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    • I think Gallardo was signed with the intent of him being an “innings eater” type of starter. I look for him to keep pitching until he is “in shape” to start. And then, that will be fun too.

      In the long run, why did they do that, sign Gallardo? Did they have no scouting on him, and signed on his history of being a pitcher? I would much rather see Bobby Herget or Zach Weiss up here, taking some lumps but learning about pitching in the ML. Something to build on. Gallardo, like the other “veteran presence” signings is just treading water. Not going forward, going backward.

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  12. I’m actually of the opinion that the team, as currently constructed, has enough talent to be competitive, if it is properly utilized.

    This is the thing: Price has been here for awhile now. Yet, despite the “Rebuild” and the ostensibly talented young players he’s been given, WE ARE NOT SEEING ANY REAL PROGRESS ON THE FIELD. I remember when a few seasons ago they were targeting 2018 as the year to compete. Well, here we are. What happened?

    This, I feel, is the greatest indictment against Price. You can argue that he has poor people skills, poor game management skills, poor motivational skills, poor communication skills, etc etc etc, but by far the most damage he has done is fail to develop the young players. I said years ago that Price was exactly the wrong kind of manager to be in charge of the “Rebuild”. It gives me no satisfaction in being 100% right.

    But please, can we mercifully end this now? The players don’t look happy to play for Price. Price doesn’t look happy to be managing the team. It’s just a toxic, dysfunctional environment, but it can be salvaged. But every day that Price remains in control (I use that term loosely) is another day wasted in our young core’s development, another day wasted of Joey Votto’s brilliance, another day for the Reds to lose another fan.

    Please. Please.

    End this now.

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  13. Perhaps change will only come to the managers office and the FO if Joey Votto demands a trade to his hometown Blue Jays. Votto’s situation reminds me of other great hitters like George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns and Mickey Vernon of the Senators who were also stuck on losing teams.

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  14. Is he tired of losing? Good. Now start playing like the star of team and lead the way when it counts. Hitting .400 after the all-star game with the team 20 out is as good as nothing. Well, except for his stats.

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  15. For some reason I cannot reply to you, Bill. But no, I don´t think he¿s the only reason, just part of the problem.

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    • Votto is always a slow starter, but even if he had hit a HR every game the Reds would not be winning. The guy missed the MVP by two votes last year, I am not sure how much more of a star you expect him to be. I am sure he would like to hit .400 for the entire season, but it isn’t from lack of effort on his part

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  16. There you go. Failing when it counts.

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    • You can’t be mad at him for performing better in the second half. If they the team is 20 back by that point, it’s not his fault. And if they could get a team good enough around him to be in striking distance in the second half, you’ll be glad that he saved that .400 average for down the stretch

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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.

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