Originally Posted by dougdirt
If the team were full of rookies, sure. But if Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Choo and others aren't veteran enough with their MVP and All Star games, I just don't know what bringing in more guys simply to "teach" is going to do. If you want to bring in veterans because they are good players, I am all for it. But simply bringing them in because they can influence someone..... I just don't buy it. The Reds have one of the best hitters in the game on their team. The Reds have one of the hardest working and best defenders in the game on their team. If they aren't providing examples for other guys on how hard to work alongside with what the multitude of coaches are also doing, I just don't know what else can be done.
The Reds have two hitting coaches and two pitching coaches. They have Dusty, Spier and Cairo as well. I just don't know what else someone is going to bring to the table in a non-on-the-field-talent level.
For the record, I agree with everything you say here and never once advocated bringing in someone just for "influence" (not sure if you were saying I was).
If you are bringing in a player, simply because he is a veteran, then he should be able to play a little bit. No more Cairo types, who could literally do nothing on the field, which is why he is a coach two years after signing a two-year deal.