Tuesday, July 4, 2017

MLB Week 13 - Slightly Better

By Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Although our Reds won four of seven games last week, I still stand by the comments I made in last week’s article. This team will continue to mire in obscurity as long as Bryan Price remains manager. I can’t believe any self-respecting Cincinnati Reds fan young or old can think a fourth straight losing season including a potential third straight last place finish as acceptable by any stretch of the imagination.

As I approach the beginning of my fifty fourth year on this third rock from the sun, I’ve been taught many things by many people. One such lesson was delivered by Hall of Fame Reds radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman, who, a few years ago, when former team owner Carl Lindner sympathetically heard the cries of the Reds faithful, including me, and gave an aging Barry Larkin a contract extension instead of trading him. Brennaman said, during a game, that the Reds needed pitching, and although he understood the outcry of the fans to keep Larkin, we fans need to understand that baseball is a business, and if this team was going to succeed then the money used to tie up Larkin would have been better put to use in acquiring a much needed quality pitcher. The result was nine straight losing seasons from 2001 to 2009.

Lesson learned.

With that in mind, how’s things been with Homer Bailey lately?

Look, I was excited when Bailey was called up to the big club in 2009. He showed real dominance in his debut against the Cleveland Indians. Sure, the two no hitters were impressive, but was it enough to give him a contract that has held the club hostage for the past three seasons? Seems that a portion of that money could have been used to keep Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman, both of whom have won World Championships since leaving Cincinnati.

Just sayin’.

Before you say I don’t like huge contracts, keep in mind that I know Joey Votto makes more money than the Gross National Product of several countries, but Votto is being productive. In my humble opinion, if the Reds keep losing, Votto may be playing elsewhere by the end of this month.

Just sayin’. (Part 2.)

Useless Trivia; This past week Joey Votto was voted National League Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career and his first selection since May 2013. In 7 games last week Votto hit .524 (11-21), with three homers, six runs batted in, tallied a 1.095 slugging percentage, along with a .630 on base percentage.

All Star Notes; Zack Cozart was elected by fans as the starting shortstop on the National League All-Star team, while Joey Votto is an All-Star for the fifth time. This will be Cozart’s first All - Star Game. Cozart is also the first Reds player to start since 3B Todd Frazier in 2015 at Great American Ball Park and is the first Red to start at SS since Hall of Famer and 12-time All-Star Barry Larkin made his fifth and final Midsummer Classic start in 2000 at Turner Field. Votto was an All-Star for four straight years from 2010-2013.

Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann will serve on the National League’s medical staff.

I wonder why no Reds pitchers were selected to the All-Star Game.

Just sayin’. (Part 3)

Have a blessed week.

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