The Reds may not have advanced beyond the NLDS this year, but Baseball America dubbed them as the "2012 Organization of the Year" on Tuesday, nonetheless. J.J. Cooper did an excellent write-up regarding the announcement in which he applauds the franchise for their improved efforts in scouting and player development, among other things. He also points out the club's heavy emphasis on producing homegrown players.
Here's a quick excerpt from the story:
After missing the playoffs for 14 straight seasons, Cincinnati has gone to the playoffs in two of the past three years. What was once a team that couldn't develop a homegrown pitcher now fields a lineup and rotation filled largely with born-and-bred Reds. The NL's best hitter, Joey Votto, has spent his entire career as a Red, and he'll likely spend the rest of it in Cincinnati as well, after signing a contract extension that keeps him locked up through 2023. Two homegrown Reds, Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman, received NL Cy Young Award votes this year. A third, Homer Bailey, threw a no-hitter.The full story is a great read and I highly recommend it to anyone out there who claims to be a Reds fan. It is just further evidence that the future is extremely bright for this Reds roster.
But most importantly, in a city that has been starved of winners (we're looking at you, too, woeful Bengals organization), the Reds are once again a team near the top.
Because of their ability to build a winner through scouting and player development and the fact that they've built for sustainable success, the Reds are the Baseball America Organization of the Year for 2012.