I was joined by Jason Linden again this week, and Jason had a bone to pick. But before that conversation, we discussed the promises made by Reds owner Bob Castellini when he purchased the franchise, and whether the ownership group had delivered on those pledges.

The discussion then turned to whether the Reds will be in a position to live up to their promises any time soon…plus a healthy dose of Scooter Gennett talk!

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Join the conversation! 5 Comments

  1. Rather than the game thread or Ep208 thread, I will just post this here as its been an on-going conversation point on the podcast.

    Homer either has to go to the pen or DL when Descalfani is activated. The only way I would like to see Sal sent to AAA is if he is there to work on a list of specific things better done in the minors (such as off-speed control, 3rd/4th pitches etc.)

  2. So here’s my take on Scooter. I heard Jason thumping his chest on the podcast about his superior baseball knowledge, and I will readily admit he knows more than me. But I like to see good players play. I would guess that’s why I watch baseball. And most of the players on the Reds suck. I’d much rather watch Scooter hit home runs than Duvall and Hamilton in the batter’s box holding the wrong end of the bat and facing the wrong way. It’s fun. I’ll grant that Suarez is fun too. And sometimes Votto is fun to watch, but he’s different — more of a chess match with the pitcher. So I say: let Scooter play.

    I also want to see Scooter stick with the Reds because I know damn well that the Reds will replace him with some spare like they did with Pennington and Goselin at the start of the year.

    It may not be a great baseball decision, but what’s wrong with having fun once in a while. I’m not saying they need to sign him to a 100 year contract but what’s the hurry to get rid of him?

    • I agree about the fun part, and like to watch Scooter bat. Of course, he has to wear a glove half the time, and that isn’t nearly as much fun. BH and Duvall are fun to watch during that half of the game.

  3. I thought the conversation about why this stretch seems much worse was interesting. You both mentioned the internet, and specifically Twitter, and while that may be part of it, I think a bigger part, for me anyway, is the depth and breadth of knowledge that is easily accessible online.

    Maybe I’ve become a little wiser or mis-remembering, but it seems like in the ’02-’09 stretch it was easier to talk myself into the notion that the Reds could be competitive. “If Griffey and Larkin can stay healthy…If Kearns and Dunn can keep producing…If Eric Milton can regain that All-Star form” etc. etc. Sure there were always sports writers who would give their preseason predictions and ESPN and what not, but that was easier to write-off. They were wrong all the time. They were subjective even if they didn’t intend to be.

    In this day in age with the proliferation of sites like Fangraphs, it’s much harder to look at their projections and write them off as nonsense. This is the 4th year in a row the Reds projected to be a 90+ loss team. So it feels much more hopeless when you look at these objective (though, sometimes still wrong) predictions of last place finishes, and I think that hopelessness feeds apathy and anger.

  4. Nice Podcast fellas. But I think to some extent trying to assign a yes or no to the promises letter is a bit like tilting at windmills in the sense that its quite subjective analysis for ‘respected organization’ and ‘passion in reds nation’.

    I also think Jason is being perposterously precise with the statement of how much time Senzel will miss over his career due to vertigo. He’s already exceeded the 20 games (in the minors) that was stated with certainty. This will be a problem for the reds until it’s not or he’s out of baseball. None of us can say for certain how this will play out.

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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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