Monday, March 31, 2014

Jim Bowden: Don't sleep on the Reds

Look around at the majority of baseball publications this time of the year and let me know what you see. Chances are that you will find the Cardinals being picked as runaway favorites to win the division. Furthermore, you may also notice that many prognosticators don't have the Reds making the postseason at all.

Listen, there are certainly plenty of questions and concerns with the current makeup of Cincinnati's roster. However, if healthy, there's no reason not to believe Bryan Price's club can be awfully good.

ESPN analyst and former Reds general manager Jim Bowden believes this and that's what led him to pen a piece warning outsiders not to sleep on the Reds. In the column, Bowden opines that the Reds are actually a better team now than they were a season ago. He justifies his position by saying Billy Hamilton is a defensive upgrade in center field and that Tony Cingrani has superior stuff to Bronson Arroyo.

Bowden also seems to be a big supporter of Price and what the potential impact he can make on the team as opposed to Dusty Baker. There's more to read, but that's the gist of it. If you're an ESPN Insider, than you can access the piece by visiting the link provided above. If not, I'll leave you with the following excerpt:

Believe in the Reds -- they'll be better than you think. Like any team, they'll need a little luck, but if luck is indeed the residue of design, Jocketty is helping his team make its own luck, and the rest of the league will take notice.

Here's to hoping Mr. Bowden is correct in is assumption.

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