One of the problems with the "handling" of WMP was that ever since he's been on the 25 man roster, this team has been in a "contending" mode. They were willing to sacrifice the future for the present. If that included letting WMP rot on the bench, so be it. I said in 2003 - his rookie season - that what the Reds needed to do was play him in spots where he could look the best. Showcase that power. I thought when they went to Coors Field that year they should have started him every single day in hopes that he'd catch hold of a fastball or a curve that didn't break and hit the hell out of the ball. But even the master lineup juggler Bob Boone wouldn't put him out there for anything more than a cameo appearance. The failure to hire a full time OF coach after Jose Cardinal left was another misstep. Some of the fault lies with Wily Mo too. After Miley was hired and the Reds had all kinds of injuries, he said he didn't want to play LF. So Miley benched him until he got his mind right. Not playing in the AFL that year didn't help matters either and playing in the WBC may have been the straw that broke the camel's back. I think by and large he's been a good soldier. I also think there might have been only so much the Reds could have done for him from a developmental point of view. You can hire a running coach for Sean Casey but you aren't ever going to make him Rickey Henderson. Wily Mo could have worked on plate patience and defense every day and twice on Sundays and it still may not have helped that much to make a difference.