Originally Posted by texasdave
Does anyone know if Brooke Jacoby has total autonomy when it comes to the hitters and their approach to hitting? Or is he just implementing Dusty's hitting philosophy? Reds' hitting has not been terrible the last three years. I think that team bias is coming into play when it comes to fans' expectations. This team is not a great offensive machine. When the home runs are flying they can pile up the runs. If the ball stays in the park they struggle to score. They are not as good as their fans's expect them to be. But they aren't bad.
You make a great point about expectations. Imagine if Bruce put up a Griffey 2000 season, it'd be his coming out party, but when Griffey did it it was meh. You're very correct about the home run aspect of the reds offense. IMO it needs to become more balanced so runs can be produced as well as launched. But really that's player/personnel type decisions. So it really not a jacoby issue or even a dusty issue in a way but mostly a Walt issue and the makeup of the lineup and players developed issue.
In his time with the reds he's been interested in adding leadership with role, which goes hand in hand with prospect development. After that he seemed to be net rested in building pitching. Latos, Marshall, broxton. Most if his offensive additions have been attempts to hsin lightning in a bottle or a hope someone woukd regain a previous form. So maybe with the choo move it will start a trend to fix the offense.