Re: The Reds team how it is now
If my financial situation changes, I will go to some games. I'm layed off right now and that makes it not prudent to go. Even after I am called back to work it will probably take a couple months to get things caught back up to where they need to be. That said, I will still be a Red's fan no matter what. I will watch as many games as I can on FSN or listen to as many as I can on the radio. No matter who plays for them. I am a Red's fan.
As for saying this or that person is a terrible GM, the last really bad one was Bowden. DanO did not have the immediate results we all wanted, but he built the farm up for the future. Part of the credit for the success we will have in the near future will have to go to him. Krivsky will also have to be given much of the credit. He continued to build the future of this team. I believe he was let go way to soon as I believe he was on the right track. As for Walt, it's too early to tell. I was not a proponent of his hiring because I felt Krivsky was on the right track and should not have been let go. Whether or not his hiring was because of his frienship with Bob C. I do not know. That said, I believe this team is better than most people think it is. There are four hitters with at least 25-30 HR power. I believe as a team they will get on base more than last year and should hit with runners in scoring position much better. If things stand as is, the key will be whether EdE can procuce in the 4 hole. The pitching staff is better than it has been in years. The key here will be Harang bouncing back. I believe this is the year he wins 20 games. Last year was a fluke. If he would have had a solid team around him,he would have two Cy Young awards.
Yes I would like to have a LF to push EdE from 4th to 6th and allow Phillips to go from 6th to 2nd in the order, but I believe this team can compete.