Originally Posted by dougdirt
The Reds called on Gomes because he is a known thing. When was the last time the Reds went with the unknown over the known? Probably before I was born thats for sure. Dorn is every bit as good (or bad depending on how you want to look at it) as Gomes is defensively. Both guys aren't all that good when it comes to defense.
I agree with you.
Guys that turned out to be Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, David Concepcion, who knew they would become what they did because so many don’t become what they might have been. There are probably a ton of names that were minor leaguers that no one really knew for sure and they became adequate not all time greats but adequate performers at the MLB level. There was plenty of skepticism about Joey Votto, who knew that he would produce what he has.
Someone will write on this or the ORG board that, well, there must be a reason why the Reds choose to not use minor league player x or y and went with such and such instead, then we look and see something like the following players having been the Reds front office and their managers best guess in the name of evaluating and assessing available talent.
So just because the current Reds front office decides to use a Gomes, Patterson, Tevaras, Hairston Jr, McDonald or Nix over their minor league players is a very poor gauge to hold fast to in my thinking because many of their fillers are much less than desirable in the end. I am sometimes surprised that even a Joey Votto got a chance with this front office and manager.
Who were those catchers that the Reds had in 2008 primarily because a Hannigan was not suppose to be able to "handle" the job. Where are they now? A few more months of seasoning made miraculous changes somehow to the player who once was thought could not handle the job? No, they went with what they thought was a known and were wrong.