Originally Posted by MikeS21
Back up the truck a minute ... Lindner spent money on Griffey and Larkin and others. You may not agree HOW Lindner spent his money, but I cannot accuse him of pinching pennies. He had a LOT of money tied up and sitting on the DL. It is true that he didn't throw money away like most baseball owners do, but he didn't get to be a billionaire by throwing away money.
It's not Jr's fault, but drawing 2.6 or 2.7 million fans in his first year here was the worst thing that could've happened to the Reds.
Lindner and Allen assumed that as long as Jr was around, no need to field a competitive team. I assume they figured Larkin was also a key "Drawing card".
Thus, Jr was continually run out to play, even when he was not healthy, because Lindner/Allen thought if Jr went to the DL, it would hurt ticket sales.
That was their entire business model.. Larkin and Jr. Then one winter Carl thought he could turn them into a contender overnight and be able to make the franchise worth even more, and that's how we got Miltoned
What a bunch of incompetents the Reds had then.
There's plenty of evidence to show that Lindner pinched pennies.
What about the massive 2003 salary dump?
What about keeping Allen on the payroll (Allen tried to weasel out of building the Reds' HOF, but it was such an embarrasssment that Lindner had to step in to save face).
The fact that Allen ran this team with Lindner's blessing means that Lindner needs to accept responsibilty for Allen's actions. Lindner had all the baseball writers lie and blame the Limited partners for the team's cheapness.. Yet those same limited partners did not stop Marge and Cast from spending on the team.
Carl Lindner = con artist that scammed the city and fans out of millions of dollars.
One of the biggest villians in Cincy sports history.