--Dusty Baker has vet love. He prefers vets to kids and stunts development...
Facts, When Dusty has had talented kids, He's played them. He just really hasn't had that many talented kids in his career as a manager. He's managed teams with significant payrolls and resources to get free agents. Does he move as fast as I'd like in evaluating young players? probably not, but IMO his long term view of players and clubhouse chemistry is spot on.
--Walt Jocketty's ability as a GM is the reason his teams have been so successful.
errrr. ummm... hard to prove or disprove. The success of his teams seems more tied to Dave Duncan than anyone else. I mean Kyle freaking Lohse has a 3.45 ERA right now with a 1.14 WHIP. That is ALL Duncan. If Jocketty were somehow to bring LaGenius and Duncan to Cincinnati, IMO the pitching would improve so much that the Reds could with the division. offensively, they match up well with the Cards and Brewers.
Walt's best deals are when he spots an inequity. McGuire, Edmonds etc. He hasn't seen one in his tenure in Cincinnati. The Reds COULD have gotten Cliff Lee last year, but that would have been a 1 year rental. They possibly could have topped the Phillies for Roy Halladay. Perhaps they could have overpaid for Werth.
Tough to say either way. I do believe he prefers established players to youth, but that he's never had a farm as stacked as the Reds is right now.
--Bronson Arroyo is untradeable.
huge myth. It just depends on what the Reds need. Is it an influx of talent or salary relief or roster flexibility. I think you could put him on waivers today and he'd be claimed. Very likely by the Yankees, just to pitch him against the Red Sox.
But the Reds would have to commit to certain roster desgnations, something i don't think Walt is capable of. I think trading Haren made him want to hoard pitchers and Ankiel flaming out has made him gunshy when it comes to promoting them.
--Joey Votto is a headcase/doesn't want to stay in Cincinnati
The truth is simpler... Walt gave him the very best contract he could get. It made Votto rich without locking him up long term. It was a show of good faith on Jocketty's part, but it was a huge risk. It allows the Reds the option to offer him arbitration (i think) and get the pick. I think Votto just wants to win. If the opportunity to do so is in Toronto, then that is where he will be.
I'm sure there are more myths, many purported by this messageboard. Some won't agree with me that these are myths. That's ok. but haven't we gotten tired of the same stories beaten to death?