Originally Posted by 757690
Neither was the BRM on May 23, 1975.
I also could post around 100 examples of teams that were doing worse on this date than the current Reds that went on to make the playoffs.
Two World Series appearances, another Division title, 3 MVP awards from two different players, four 95+ win seasons and several multiple time All Stars and Gold Glovers in the 5 previous years suggests that comparing this Reds team to that one might be a bad idea. They'd been the BRM for 5 years already and there was much more reason to have confidence that they had a run of high level success in them than we have with this team.
This team is an 85 to 90 win team with question marks in many areas. Its what they were when last season ended. Its what they were in the winter when improvements weren't made. Its what they were when they were sweeping the Cards and its what they are in the midst of a 6 game losing streak.
My real issue is the idea, that many have, that a team like that is good enough or that all the question marks will come through as positives and that improvements or the addition of a sure thing or two aren't necessary. They were and are necessary to go to the next level and everything they need is not available inside the organization.