A post in another thread got me wondering:
What is it that drives the Reds organization to target Willy Taveras - an OBP-challenged speedster - just one season after being burned by Corey Patterson - an OBP-challenged speedster.I think the reason it's [signing Willy Taveras] generated so much discussion is the recent past.
Players we've deemed to be garbage often find their way to Cincinnati and play far more than they should time and time again.
Ownership/Management changes hands, but the same philosophy reigns.
It's not that we're gun shy, it's almost as if we KNOW whats coming.
It's a team that gave a big money contract to Eric Milton and a smaller-money contract to Jimmy Haynes, signed Juan Castro twice, broke camp with Dave Williams as a starter once, actually gave up talent to bring Tony Womack into the organization, allowed Joe Mays to throw 27 innings, and attaches words like "imperative" and "important" to efforts to re-sign flashes-in-the-pan like Jerry Hairston.
The faces in the front office change, but the same sad story parades through the front door.
Why is this?