Originally Posted by M2
In some ways. Rich turned out to be DanO's best investment. He was a good guy to have hanging around when holes arose. Plus, the Reds stand to get two draft picks for him. His managers made two unfortunate choices with him that caused deserved consternation:
1) Handing him the SS job over Felipe Lopez prior to the 2005 season
2) Hitting him cleanup vs. RHPs in 2006
Take those two things away and you probably wouldn't hear much complaint about him.
Lots of folks never really got over the first one. Rich was a marked man from that point on.