10 Questions Concerning the Reds
As spring training commences, what I’d most like to know about the Reds, in no particular order (as you can tell), is:
7. If, as they’ve indicated, they intend to file a grievance against the Nationals over the condition of Gary Majewski’s shoulder when he was acquired in July, why in the heck is it taking this long?
4. Will Brook Jacoby, the new hitting coach, make a tangible difference with Adam Dunn? Will Dunn’s improved eating habits make a difference? Will anything make a difference?
2. Why is it taken for granted that the Reds are beginning the spring with four established starting pitchers? What have Eric Milton (8-8, 5.19) and Kyle Lohse (5-10, 5.83) done to merit a bye? What if both of them are clearly outpitched in Florida by some combination of Kirk Saarloos, Matt Belisle, Victor Santos, Elizardo Ramirez and one or two others we’re not even considering yet? (We’ll discuss Homer Bailey later.)
9. Why is Joey Votto not generally regarded a candidate for the Opening Day roster? The big first baseman hit .319 with 22 home runs last year in Chattanooga. He’s 23, and there’s time, but in the meantime, does nobody think the Reds could just maybe use a bat like that?
3. What was the big secret about Junior’s hand injury? So he hurt it wrestling around with his kids. Is that worse than hurting it some other way? Is it worse than leading everyone to wonder whether there was something fishy going on?
5. Will Dick Pole, the pedigreed new pitching coach, be able to push back the fences at Great American?
1. What if Homer Bailey makes it obvious, during spring training, that he is the third best starter on the Cincinnati staff? Does that void his ticket to Louisville? When does caution give way to immediate need?
10. Can Josh Hamilton really play? I mean, right now? Can he hit a curveball? Can he track a line drive over his head? Emerging from his deep woods of personal problems, can he stay the course under big-league pressure?
8. Who’s going to make the decision on Griffey’s position? Is it up to him whether or not he stays in center field? Will somebody else – I guess that would be the manager – step up? Or, in order for a change to be seriously contemplated, will somebody like Chris Denorfia first have to demonstrate that he can play there every day; or at least on the many days that Ryan Freel needs a rest?
6. Is Krivsky finished?