Originally Posted by Puffy
Thats a bad analogy GAC.
Would you admit that baseball today is different today than 20 years ago? How bout 30 years ago? Are stadiums today different than 30 years ago?
Today's "retro" stadiums today are getting smaller again like the older ones. They are becoming more hitter parks, with some exceptions.
Sure. The BRM was built for artificial turf. They had power, but was more geared for speed and defense IMO.
So I guess with the GAB we need to gut our OF and get guys who are specialists at over the wall catches?
The simple fact is that in the 70's a team could win with black holes at certain positions because of the game. Today that might not be true. And, even if it were true, these Reds don't have Foster, Morgan, Bench, Perez, Griffey, Sr and Rose to offset a black hole or two.
I don't think it was a bad analogy and here's why Puffy. My point is that Davey Concepcion's contribution to the team was far more defensive than offensive. He was only one of 9 players on that field who filled a specific role. His contribution at defense, not his bat, was invaluable. It's what Davey was known for.
If you're going to always use offensive matrix's soley
to gauge players today, then Concepcion would be considered a marginal player by alot of fans, and wouldn't fit into the '07 Reds lineup.
Gonzalez is here to fill that role as Davey did. No one denies that other players need to be added/brought in to also address the runs allowed and/or run production issue.
But does the signing of Alex help this team address runs allowed to some extent?
The Gonzalez trade IMHO is not the "hallmark" of Krivsky's tenure so far, yet some seem to be treating it that way. It's simply addressing and filling one important need
. It's not the "end of all", and I think Krivsky knows that also.
If not Gonzalez at SS, then who? I also like it because it keeps Philips at 2B, where I think he is better suited.
And look at the bright side... we'll probably see far less of Castro!
He (Krivsky) still has some issues, on both the offensive and defensive end that need to be addressed. It's just not going to be done in one off-season.
And getting back to the BRM.... it's a very good example of an organization bringing up players through the system (Rose, Perez, Bench, Concepcion, Griffey, Gullett), and also going out and acquiring other key components (Morgan, Foster, Billingham, Norman).
There's balance there.
That formula hasn't (or shouldn't) change.
But free agency makes it alot harder in today's game for sure. And a majority of organization's have to lean more heavily on drafting and player development.
This year's market, as far as the Reds filling needs in the areas of pitching, is one of the worst I've seen in quite awhile.