Re: Reds Related Rumors
Brandon Phillips seems to be a very fragile person. I don't know if we want to risk moving him out of his comfort zone. Not everyone is a Pete Rose type of guy that can play through adjusting to a new position.
I remember when the Reds tried to permanently move Aaron Boone to 2b. It affected his hitting, and ultimately proved that Boone could really only fill in at 2b (and SS) in a pinch, but not handle the job everyday.
I really doubt Phillips would handle moving to SS well. If he's moved to SS and makes a few errors and then gets booed, you can imagine that his attitude is going to get sour real quick. He'll get mad at the Reds for screwing him over, etc and it will affect his performance. Based on what I've seen of Phillips (jealousy about Hamilton, problems in Cleveland), he really needs to be handled with kid gloves. He's not the kind of person that can handle any kind of adversity.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!