Originally Posted by Ltlabner
I think the Reds have over used the "vet presence" and PTGTRW bit soooooo much that many here roll their eyes in distain when they hear it. It's a shame because the addition of a vet who can actually contribute on the field, in addition to in the clubhouse is of critical importance, IMO. Young, raw, unfocused tallent isn't the answer to every problem.
And that's the point. Just like the boy who cried wolf, the Reds cry "vet presence" so much we tend not to believe them any more even when a guy like Conine is signed. And youth isn't the answer every time. A lot of folks wanted Joey Votto on the Opening Day roster but he's barely hitting his weight in LOU. Doesn't mean that he's not a good player but his history has shown he takes a year to adjust to the next level. I don't think anyone is saying youth is the answer every time. But neither is "vet presence". You can't expect to win with a team full of scrappy vets just like you can't expect to win with a team full of raw rookies.