I just cannot bring myself to choose a Disappointing player of the year.....I think the 2003 Reds are going to pull a 1999 Reds BIG TIME and everybody will be wondering how they are doing it (mirrors and all).
Baseball goes in cycles, and to me, a TON of talent has been laying dormant for over 3 years now and is going to bust out all at once because of the new ballyard.
The only fear I have is that some big deal regular is going to suffer a season ending injury....like a broken bone or a blown out elbow (for a pitcher). M2 may be right, and it may be Demspter. This would be the most damning place to lose a player for the year, from the rotation.
But I just cannot think about it right now. Here is my list of players who are going to bust out to their potential (and I know many of you already think I am nuts, but here goes anyway):
1. Aaron Boone: is going to be one of the best lead off hitters in baseball. He is going to hit over .300 and have a near .400 OBP with around 20 HR's.
2. Brandon Larson: is going to win the 2B job in ST and hit 30 HR's.
3. Felipe Lopez: is going to win the SS job in ST and will hit 20 HR's and strike out less than 100 times.
4. Sean Casey: traded
5. Ruben Mateo: is going to make Casey expendable in ST and will hit 25 HR's and hit .305 while playing LF.
6. Adam Dunn: wins the league MVP playing 1B. If I printed the numbers I am guessing I would be banned for being looney tunes...so I will just say that he wins the MVP.
7. Austin Kearns: will make the All-Star team as a RF. He will he hitting .356 with 18 HR's at the All-Star break.
8. Jason LaRue: .285, yada, yada, yada.
9. JR: will compete with Dunn for MVP.
10. Graves: will make the All-Star team as a starter.
11. Dempster: should make the All-Star team but won't because too many Reds will.
12. Haynes: 18-10
13. Rietsma: 14-7
14. Williamson: will make the All-Star team as a closer.
15. Bullpen: Williamson, Rielding, and Hudson get labeled Nasty Boys II.
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