Originally Posted by gm
I thought of Young as well, but I didn't want to complicate the analogy because there isn't an equivalent to Dmitri on the current Red's roster (there aren't too many switch hitters who can rake like Da Meat Hook could, period)
And I wasn't implying that Alonso = Casey or that Votto = Konerko, I just found it ironic that the last time we were talking about having "too many" quality first basemen was back in '98
It's funny how there are parallels for everything in sports. My favorite NBA team (Blazers) has an all-star 2-guard (Roy) and a Spanish star (Rudy Fernandez) who plays the same position. Portland fans have made similar arguments about how Roy "should move" to another position to accomodate Rudy. Or they'll say the two of them can play at the same time, even though they're really not great defenders. But Portland's coach (Nate McMillian) is defensive-minded, just like Walt Jocketty. So I suspect Cincy will resist the temptation to sacrifice corner defense to gain more offense (hence the departures of Dunn and EdE, since Walt's taken charge) and this leads me to the conclusion that Yonder will eventually be dealt away. This is the same expectation I have re: Fernandez, BTW, although there's a rumor that the Blazer's owner (Paul Allen) won't allow Rudy to be traded, under any circumstances...
Meanwhile, NFL free agency starts tonight and there won't be a salary cap this year, so this is a busy time of year for fans of the 3 major pro sports...
Under the former administration decisions were made based too much on what the fans though. I remember when Young was traded or was talked about being traded Sean Casey made a remark about Young being a very good switch hitter who plays all over the place. Casey said maybe I should be traded.
The same could be said about Konerko and Casey. Konerko got a brief look but the organization was committed to Casey because the fans loved him so much. Konerko was traded for Cammeron, which was a good trade, but I had thought Casey should have been traded.
Fan favorites were also catered to, see Larkin and Jr. staying in their positions as long as they did. I think when the new organization came along decisions have been made with more baseball sense than anything else.