Re: Will Josh Hamilton be a starting outfielder in the Reds' future
I am not saying he is a terrible outfielder; just that he may not be starting in the outfield in the future. Everyone forgets he started as a reserve outfielder, and played his way into the starting outfield. He has tons of talent,but talent can only take you so far. I would like nothing more than to have him share an outfield with Dunn and Bruce for years to come. Ken Griffey is getting older and may soon retire. Presently, with the talk about trading Griffey and Dunn there should be lots of space in the outfield. However, if Votto is moved to LF and Bruce comes up next year, there could be increased pressure on Hamilton to produce more as a starting outfielder. I was a fan of the Reds when Brady came up, and everyone believed he would be a star outfielder in Cincinnati just like Eric Davis. I have seen players just as talented as Hamilton end up as reserves because they didn't show enough consistancy. He will have to continue to improve to stick as a starting outfielder. No one is not saying he has not done well in his limited time in the majors; however, he has to continue to play well to start in the outfield.