Originally Posted by Highlifeman21
I'm 50/50 with you about Hatteberg. While I like what he offered us in 2006, it was the addition of Hatteberg that derailed the Dunn to 1B transition. Conversely, it was keeping Dunn in the OF along with Griffey and Kearns that allowed Wily Mo Pena to be shipped to Boston for Bronson Arroyo.
So, in a roundabout way, adding Hatteberg allowed us to obtain Arroyo.
I just hope Hatteberg comes close to his 2006 numbers for 2007, or else I fear Joey Votto will get rushed to the show.
Folks keeping saying things like your last paragraph, but I honestly think we're in a new day. I think when it comes to player development, Wayne is not into rushing players up. I probably say this enough that folks eyes fall back into the back of your head, but I think the "new Reds" are about step by step - you start in rookie ball, go to Low A, go to High A, and so on. Succeed at each level. I think the days of rushing a guy up from Chattanooga are over. Wayne has said on numerous occasions that we have AAA for a reason (and it's not just keep the Reserves on). I think it's possible Votto will be up next year if he shows success at Louisville, otherwise not, Hatteberg's performance notwithstanding.