Great coaches in every sport coach to their personnel.
If you don't have a fast guy to run the baseline, you can't play the 1-3-1 in basketball.
If you don't have a quick release accurate short passer as quarterback, you can't succeed in the West Coast offense in football.
If you have a bunch of free swingers who can't bunt and put the bat on the ball at will, playing small bal won't work in baseball.
You assess your personnel, and chose your strategy and tactics accordingly if you want to maximize your offense.
Some coaches or managers don't get it. Bob Boone tried to manage like Gene Mauch with guys who couldn't get a bunt down or hit to the right side when he wanted them to.
The Reds are not designed for smallball. Hell, they're not designed for anything. They are what they are by random chance. And that random chance produced an incredible number of runs last year as thumpers, not contact hitting smallballers.
We need to see things as they are, not as we might want them to be. Assess the personnel. Why on earth would we fix something that's not broken.
Personally, I like 70's and 80's baseball better. I like the "traditional" game much more than the swing from the heels so called "modern" game. I hope against hope that that style re-emerges, when speed becomes the undervalued commodity that Moneyballers move to after everybody and his uncle is overpaying for OBP and that well dries up.
But we're closer to being contenders if we see things as they are, right now. Right now, our offense is devestating.
Right now, our pitching and defense blows on a historic scale.
Coach to our strengths and fix our weakness. Fix the pitching. Leave the offense alone.