Besides you know, just being in it with a chance to be world champs? I'm thinking next year also in terms of effects. Some effects of making the playoffs I think would be:
- Krivsky would be more motivated, and have a whole offseason to evaluate talent and pick up players, as opposed to very little time when he was hired. Of course this happens with or without playoffs, but making the playoffs would be a major morale booster as far as this goes.
- The new owner Bob Castellini also has a first entire offseason. If he sees the Reds in the playoffs, he's very likely to up the payroll on good players Krivsky could make a deal for. Again, he could very well do this anyway, but getting a taste of a shot at winning it all would be a big motivator.
- Free agent players would be more likely to sign with the Reds, knowing that its not a dead destination, but a legit contender.
- There would be a lot more fan support and sellouts, especially with a winning team. Cincinnati has a lot of big baseball fans, but have been conditioned to mediocre season after mediocre season. A playoff year (especially watch out for the kind of crowds that will show if the Reds are in the WC or NL Central lead at the end of the year) - will also pump fan support a lot higher for next year. More crowds = bigger revenue ... bigger revenue = more payroll, on down the line. It's a snowball effect.
Anyway this is what I think. If we make the playoffs, honestly I would be so excited - if we lost in the divisional series, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world (even though if we get there, of course I want the Reds to win). But just making the playoffs would be a major step for the future, it wouldn't just be a major chance for this year but next year.