It looks like Yonder Alonso didn’t just talk the talk about working on his conditioning this offseason to help with the transition to left field. He walked the walk, or rather ran the run.
Alonso, in early for some pre-Redsfest interviews, said he lost 18 pounds this offseason. He hired a personal chef and tailored his workouts toward being an outfielder.
“That’s part of being a professional,” he said. “You do what you’ve got to do to play and get ready for the season. I’ve been doing that.”
Alonso will never be a burner. But he was noticeably trimmer and more cut. That has to help when playing the outfield.
Alonso, of course, has been subject of lots of trade talk.
“I take for it for what it is,” he said. “Obviously, I’m a Cincinnati Red. I’m not looking forward.”
My Take: It's amazing that the organization has had the likes of George Foster, Cal Daniels & Adam Dunn patrol left field & suddenly the Dusty Baker Reds must now have tremedous defense in left field. Great defensive left fielders have a name & it's called Center Field or Right Field.
If we trade this guy, it will go down as among the worst blunders in franchise history. He will retire with 350 to 400 homeruns (see Paul Konerko) and we'll have, insert .500 pitchers first and last name here, to look back on.
Some of the best trades were the ones never made. This guy can hold down left field until Votto leaves. He may improve enough that we can leave him there, or move him in. Either way.....this guy is made for GABP and if we let him go it will be an epic blunder.
Look around the league. It's becoming a pitching league. Finding hitters is harder than it used to be. Allowing a 30 to 35 homerun guy with an idea of the strike zone that will lead to .375 to .400 OBA's leave for a middle of the roation #3 is a horrid idea.
The only person that needs to go is the ass that has gone out of his way to destroy a tremedous young hitting talent & his name is the joke that is Dusty Baker.