The Cincinnati Reds, America's first professional sports team, have a rabid fanbase with high standards.
We always expect the absolute best from professional athletes. But sometimes we have to adjust our expectations.
Reds fans may need to adjust their expectations in 2022.
As the MLB lockout drones on, fans are left to contemplate what the team will look like in 2022.
Honestly, I don't expect a much different roster than the one Reds GM Nick Krall has been left with while all transactions are frozen.
So, if this is it, I think it's fair to say that Reds Country is going to have to lower the bar heading into next season.
Tucker Barnhart was traded, Wade Miley was placed on waivers, and Nick Castellanos is likely to land a new deal elsewhere.
While fans will likely have to lower the bar for the team as a whole, there's a handful of players who'll need the same treatment.
1. Nick Senzel, Reds centerfielder
I have been a fan of Nick Senzel since the Cincinnati Reds drafted the University of Tennessee star No. 2 overall in the 2016 MLB Draft.
While I still hold out hope that the 26-year-old will put it all together, his track record doesn't offer much.
I'm not here to debate whether Senzel should play third base, second base, center field, or even catcher. That's irrelevant at this point.
If the former first-round pick can just stay on the field in 2022, Reds fans should consider that a success.
Every season that Senzel has been in The Show, he's found his way onto the injured list.
While several occasions have been freak incidents, some of his injuries have been much more severe.
A shoulder injury that required surgery ended Senzel's rookie season prematurely, and a knee injury limited the outfielder to just 36 games last season.
Nick Senzel is the prototypical five-tool player. He can hit for both power and average, has speed, and plays above-average defense.
The one thing holding Senzel back from reaching his full potential is an inability to stay healthy.
I think it's time for Reds fans lower their expectations for Nick Senzel and just be hopeful that he can play in 120-plus games next season.