2. Hitting coach Alan Zinter will take the fall for the Reds poor performance.
A team's solution to show that they're serious about addressing fans' concerns is oftentimes to fire one of three people; the manager, the pitching coach, or the hitting coach.
Seeing as how David Bell just signed an extension and Derek Johnson was promoted to Director of Pitching, it looks like Alan Zinter might be the fall guy. The Cincinnati Reds are dead-last in Major League Baseball in OPS, and only one team (Arizona Diamondbacks) has a worse batting average.
While Alan Zinter is not the one stepping into the batters' box and striking out, he has to take some measure of responsibility for the team's poor performance. That said, the number of injuries to key players is staggering.
Jonathan India, Nick Senzel, Tyler Naquin, and Mike Moustakas have all missed time due to injury or illness. Tyler Stephenson, Jose Barrero, Donovan Solano, and Max Schrock, all of whom were expected to be contributors this season, are currently on the IL.
When you look at last season's statistics and see that the Cincinnati Reds ranked second in the league in OPS with Alan Zinter at the helm, it's difficult to argue that the team's hitting coach is the problem. More than anything it's the lack of talent.