Re: Walt Jocketty
I think Walt has been excellent. The Reds are one of the 5 or 6 best teams in baseball. It's just that excellent isn't good enough to bring perennial WS runs to a mid-market team. You have to be near perfect. The one (and only one) thing I miss about WK was that he was a great dumpster diver. Walt doesn't do that as well. When he's desperate (Ludwick) or signing low-level players (Hannahan, Izturis) he strikes out a lot. That's marginal stuff but maybe enough to make the difference between playoff team and championship team. If I was Castellini I would bring in a small-market, sabermetrics guy to serve as an assistant GM.