Originally Posted by Strikes Out Looking
I think he's being dismissed as a terrible manager for this team that the Reds are trying to become. The Reds are trying to build a team with a solid pitching staff with young arms. Based on Baker's past record with young arms, many, including me, do not think he is a good fit, unless you have stock in Kremchek's practice.
With due respect to the Reds, they aren't trying that hard to build a team with young arms or they would trade name players for great young arms. They don't have that many great young arms. Two or three, some maybes, and some kids who just left high school.
Pro sports today is a short-term business. You can't look too far ahead because players move. The Reds can't say they are building for 2010 -- they can't predict where many of their key players will be then. Not sure when the Harang/Arroyo deals end, but can anyone predict if they will be healthy and helping the Reds that far ahead?
At some point you have to try and win or you are forever engaged in rebuilding. It becomes circular -- the Pirates develop Barry Bonds so he can be great for the Giants. The Marlins develop Josh Beckett so he can help the Red Sox. Yes, Beckett helped the Marlins win -- but only when they spent and went for it.
If Baker means that ownership is really going to try and win in the next year or two, that's fine with me, I don't care whether that is consistent with any current philosophy. As long as they follow through on the player side with good acquisitions.
As a Reds fan, I want the team in the Reds unis to win. Whether they are young pitchers or good veterans doesn't concern me. Just don't give me second and third tier talent.