Re: We have to talk about Corky
I'd bring up Ashley and let Barnhart develop. This is simply a case of the old boy network that is still strong as ever in baseball. They are repaying the "good soldier" career with a brief stint. If other options are too expensive or about equal, I applaud that. When the player is over the hill and done, then reward him with a coaching gig or managerial spot in the minors, not a role on a contending squad, especially when the banged up condition of Mes and Hanigan may mean some meaningful playing time. I like Corky, but I wish he'd take a hard look and decide it's time to coach - or that a member of the Reds FO would tell him that.
It's puzzling....the Reds take a hard line not to bring Rolen back because they feel he's done but then they keep Corky hanging around when he is not even half the player at the same point in time.