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Jul 31, 19, 02:27 PM #91I knew I should have started this thread.Advertisement
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Jul 31, 19, 08:12 PM #94I'm going to say this to wrap up my tirade about the degradation of our once proud and glorious baseball franchise.
I was blessed to live through the golden era of Reds Baseball. I don't know what this small mid-market, backwater community did to deserve it, but we appreciated it, and the players played with an allegiance to the City of Cincinnati. They didn't sell themselves to the highest bidder, and many of them played the large majority of their careers here.
Dusty came along, "a players manager", and the deterioration began. The inmates began to run the asylum. We then regressed to the "rebuild", which I can safely say was more a sell out, than any rebuild. We got rid of our good players and since then have become a losing ball team.
We presently change the roster on a regular basis. The players have no allegiance to the city, we wear yellow, red and purple hair, and dictate to the management just when we'd like to play. We had a couple of players who provided some excitement - Billy Hamilton and Scooter Gennett and now they are both gone, hoping that the come latelys do better. Our manager makes decisions based on the phases of the moon (cybermetrics or whatever), gets himself ejected on a regular basis and tolerates undisciplined play and actions from his team.
The situation then spirals out of control to what we saw last night. I don't know Clint Hurdle from Adam, but I do know the business of MLB and the NFL. Rivalries are good things. Heated, hated rivalries are better.
If Sumo says Hurdle is a baddy cat then I will believe him. BUT, our pitchers can't walk off of the mound and incite the other team to retaliate. Not smart on his part, but he did it because he can get away with it. IF we are guilty of throwing at each other's batters, then it is MLBs job to do something about it. Since this seems to be an ongoing thing, they chose to do nothing about it. WHY??? Because heated rivalries with a few cheap shots and fisticuffs are good for business. Especially between to going nowhere franchises.
The lack of attendance reflects this city's approval rating of their baseball team. Sixteen Thousand is a sad statement here in the birthplace of Major League Baseball. I don't EVER remember Riverfront Stadium having less than 20,000. I'm sure it did, but I bet it was a cold early season April game in inclement weather.
I feel bad for Bob Castellini, who I sincerely think thought that he was going to be the savior of Cincinnati baseball and return it to its once proud status. Unfortunately, he couldn't overcome being the 38th largest media market in MLB.
I can tolerate being a .500 MLB franchise so long as the players are good role models, show some allegiance to the city for which they play, and conduct themselves in a professional manner. I can't tolerate, un-fundamentally sound baseball, hot dogging it, putting your ego on public display, general laziness, and appearing as if you are in a circus act. I said it before and will again - We are a rudderless ship. I'm very sorry if a Lou Pinella type would "lose the clubhouse" because this clubhouse is worthy of losing.
I do think that there are some young players who have the potential to become major contributors, IF we could get some stability on the roster. I do hope we can turn it around, but someone has got to get a grip on this franchise and right the ship - Quickly!!!
In your heart you know I'm right!
Jul 31, 19, 08:49 PM #95All I know about Hurdle is that he has done this for several years and many different teams. Pirates has hit an opposing player with a fastball like 42 times more than the second place team. MLB has known this for years and has done nothing. I blame MLB for these Pirate Brawls and they are always started by Pirates.
Jul 31, 19, 09:00 PM #96Last year's Reds attendance was higher than the attendance at Riverfront Stadium in 1971, 1972, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984.
MLB free agency started in 1976.
Yes, MLB today is different than it was 40 years ago.
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Jul 31, 19, 09:44 PM #97
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