Not that there was much doubt...
Not that there was much doubt...
The dreaded vote of confidence. I know how that usually ends up...
My dad got to enjoy 3 Reds World Championships by the time he was my age. So far, I've only gotten to enjoy one. Step it up Redlegs!
Interesting day. Within the time frame of a few hours, we learn:
*Jocketty will be back.
*Baker will be back.
*Alonso is our likely opening day starter in LF.
If Cordero gets re-signed before the season ends, then what, pray tell, will be left for us to speculate about this winter? An Arredondo for Shields deal? Or better yet, a two-for-one swap -- Orioles send us J. J. Hardy and Adam Jones for Paul Janish?
We can only hope the weeks to come are as interesting as today.
Reds Owner Says Jocketty, Baker Will Return
By Mike Axisa [September 14 at 6:52pm CST]
The season has not gone according to plan for the Reds, who are 72-76 and 14.5 games back of the Brewers in the NL Central. GM Walt Jocketty's contract is up after the season, and there's been some speculation that he could be a fit for the Cubs. Reds owner Bob Castellini shot that down though, telling John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer that both Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker will be back.
There is no point in firing Dusty just to replace him with someone else with the same mindset.
Usually the only guys that ever get hired to Manage a MLB team are guys who believe in going by "The Book" because it let's their decisions go unquestioned.
Stay the course.
All in all, good news. Will be interesting to see how Dusty oversees the transition to some younger bats.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
I also value continuity, not for it's own sake, but because that's how winning organizations operate. If Dusty and Walt had some differences, and I'm sure there is always disagreement within any front office, then it sounds like they have been worked out.
You get what you get.
I think this city is lucky to have Castellini owning the Reds. Is he perfect? Heck no. But he has a burning desire to win, he's from Cincinnati and loves the city and the Reds, and is very conversant on and respectful of the history of his team.
And therein lies the rub. IMO, retaining the dysfunctional duo of Jocketty and Baker does not represent a "burning desire to win" anymore. It represents a position of hunkering down and hoping for the best.I think this city is lucky to have Castellini owning the Reds. Is he perfect? Heck no. But he has a burning desire to win,
I'm not from Cincinnati and I have no loyalty to anything else in Cincinnati, so being local is not important to me. I want an owner who'll put a winning team in the front office and on the field for my favorite MLB team. I'm no longer confident that Castellini is committed to doing that. I do believe he's committed to not losing money. If being local means being cheap, then I hope he sells the club to Mark Cuban.he's from Cincinnati and loves the city and the Reds, and is very conversant on and respectful of the history of his team.
Jocketty and Baker not being on the same page is speculation and should not be presented as fact.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em