Re: Big Red Machine
They had the talent and most importantly the leaders of that team had a great desire to win. They made sure everyone stayed on course.
Defense was great and very underated. Up the middle was solid gold with Bench,Concepcion,Morgan and Geronimo. Sparky was the perfect fit to be manager. He knew how to deal with the egos and he let the players in on the decision making at least to a point. I can remember Bench saying he was shocked the first time Sparky came to the mound and asked Bench what was the best way to pitch the batter. Bench said after that he always had great respect for Sparky.
Speed also played a huge part. Almost everyone could steal a base and that kept the pressure on the opponent pitchers besides having to worry about the obvious power they had.
The relief pitching was great too. In 1975 you had four you could plug into almost any spot,Carroll,Borbon,McEnaney and Eastwick.
I think everything just came together near perfect. The great players that had power and speed,very good starting pitching,excellent bullpen and a great manager.
Reds Fan Since 1971