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Cincinnati Reds Hamilton Not The Answer: What's The Question?

I recently wrote how the Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton was not the answer. Only one month of major league experience and the fact that they’re not a small-ball team were factors in my analysis. But it made me think: If Hamilton isn’t the answer, what’s the question?

Although I mentioned that Hamilton’s role would mean the ultimate overhaul of the Cincinnati offense, I didn’t say it would necessarily be the wrong thing to do. Those same power house bats haven’t shown up much during the post-season, after all. Maybe the ball club needs to be more OBP-mided. Then again, that same offense has led to several good regular seasons.

So what do we do?

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We need to take a look as to why the Reds have failed to make much headway in the playoffs. Was it lack of hitting? Sure. Was it lack of quality starting pitching? Sure. Was is questionable  managing? Sure. Was it bad bull pen outings? Sure.

Do you see a trend here?

It’s so hard to judge the main problem in such a short amount of time. Cincinnati has “power” hitting. They haven’t produced in the playoffs. Does that mean we should overhaul the offense? No. Because you shouldn’t judge the entire philosophy of an offense based on 3-7 game series.

If Cincinnati embraces Hamilton and thus changes their philosophy, it would mean a rebuild. The Reds aren’t looking in that direction. That’s why they hired a new manager-to send a message. We won’t accept another year of losing in the fist round. We have the offense to win now.





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  • turkey86

    I think Hamilton works well for the offense. He works well with at the top of the lineup with BP and Votto hitting behind him. Price just needs to not use Dusty logic and actually hit Bruce 4th. In the 25 games Bruce hit 4th this year, he was very productive.

    • Jordan Barhorst

      I agree, but let’s put Choo (if we can re-sign him) second and bump Phillips down to 5th. THAT’S a decent lineup.

  • beeker

    I don’t understand why embracing Hamilton means a team rebuild. It takes a change of approach at the plate, one that a guy or two may struggle to make. I believe Price will require hitters to understand the situation, knowing when a base hit is more important than a dinger, and play accordingly. They need a change of philosophy, but not a rebuild.

    • Jordan Barhorst

      I don’t think you can change a philosophy if you don’t have one. That’s something I want to see Price take care of right away. The fact that Phillips and Votto — 2 and 3 hitters in the lineup — were doing things completely on the opposite ends of the “spectrum” is terrible. You have to pick one or the other, because they don’t mix well.

      • Steven Vogelgesang

        How can you say their is no philosophy Price has been the Reds pitching coast for 7 years so to me its pretty clear what his philosophy is when are pitching staff is outstanding. Prime example Manny Fu%$#@% Parra before he came to the reds he didnt have a ERA under 4.37. And Votta needs to hit 2nd and I pray phillips gets dealt. Hamilton is going to be Hamilton “if” he can get on base its obvious what he can do on the base paths.

        • Steve O.

          Actually, this past season was Price’s fourth as the Reds pitching coach. He was in Seattle from 00-05 and Arizona from 06-09 prior to joining the Reds staff.

          But as you state in the turnaround with Parra, you can’t exactly argue with the results.

        • Jordan Barhorst

          I was assuming we were talking about hitting philosophies. I have no qualms with the pitching. In fact, I am one of the biggest proponents of what Price did with that staff. Turned every arm on the staff into a realization of their potential. Not an easy thing to do. Hopefully he can take some of that consistency and camaraderie into the batting order.

      • beeker

        Fair enough. Price strikes me as the kind of guy who will preach and demand a particular approach at the plate. I can’t say what that approach will be exactly, but I trust it will be a good one if the focus is “valuing every run.” I could do with less of the big, looping swing we see all too often.

        But I still don’t see why a change of philosophy–or the addition of one–mandates rebuilding the team.