Originally Posted by Always Red
Now that EE's Red's career has ended (for this tour, at least), he reminds me a lot of... (without looking at BR) Gary Redus.
I though Redus was going to be the next big thing when he came up.
Of course they played different positions, but Redus also had tons of "potential" that he never did reach (or was his "potential" over-rated and he did just fine??).
EE should hope to wind up with the career that Redus did- Gary played until he was 37 years old.
Edwin Encarnacion reminds me of a righty-hitting Willie Greene.
Originally Posted by NDRed
Reading this thread you would think that Rolen will need a wheelchair to get from the dugout to third base.
In reality, since being full time in 1997, Rolen has only played less than 100 games in one season- 2005. He played 142 games in 2006, 112 in 2007, 115 in 2008, and will probably play in about 130 games in 2009. And that is the worst stretch in his career.
He is a 6 time All Star, 7 time Gold Glove, and as for his "declining power" he actually has better power numbers this year than 2007 and 2008.
By the way, Buddy Bell was 33 when the Reds got him and he had 3 1/2 pretty decent years here.
I think this deal is very similar to the one that brought Bell to the Reds in 1985. (And he turned 34 about a month after the trade, so the age similarity is even closer.)