GM PREDICTS A WINNING SEASON FOR THE FRANCHISE HE DETERIORATED
LET'S DO IT FOR LEATHERPANTS!
FORMER REDS GM
PREDICTS A WINNING SEASON FOR THE FRANCHISE HE DETERIORATED
There's nothing like a former GM evaluating and raving about his former
employers. Honoring Marty Brennaman by not mentioning his name, "Leatherpants"
was the GM for the Cincinnati Reds from 1992-2003. He was the youngest GM in
the history of major league baseball. That might explain why he only led the
Reds to one playoff appearance during his stint in Cincinnati (1995, the
only time any of this teams went to the playoffs in his 16 year career as a
GM). His most famous acquisition was that of Ken Griffey Jr. from the
Seattle Mariners in February 2000. After being fired by the Reds in 2003
following comments comparing the MLB players union to al Queda, he became
the GM for the expansion Washington Nationals. After an FBI investigation
surrounding skimmed signing bonuses from Latin American players, he resigned
as the Nats Gm in March 2009. He is known for signing players with checkered
pasts, his habitual roster moves, and his obsession with athletic
outfielders. I love the way he talks about the Reds' depleted past as if he
was never involved.
"In the 2000's it's been a different story with four different general
managers and a decade of losing."
Who does he think actualized and established the spoiled attitude that the
Reds became accustomed to during those years? One of those general managers
was YOU "Leatherpants", and you were the one responsible for the collapse of
a franchise that has just been recently emancipated by one Bob Castellini.
He then continues to sanction Walt Jocketty and Mr. Castellini for their
acquisitions, patience, leadership, and ability to build an organization
around pitching and defense; goals he never came close to achieving. It
almost sounds like a cry for help. Shame on you.
He concludes by predicting the Reds to finish above five-hundred and
touching his nose attempting to animate a baseball sign. He just loves our
players commenting that Jay Bruce "reminds me of a lot of Larry Walker",
Brandon Phillips "has the best range in the league at that position", and
Edinson Volquez as "the best pitcher of them all" while butchering his name.
I just threw up in mouth a little bit.
May the Reds make noise in the NL Central this season not just for the
haters, the paying customers, or the Reds players past and present; but
instead a slap in the face to men like "Leatherpants" who have left a
lingering stench behind them. We are no longer approaching a new era of
Cincinnati Reds baseball......it is here.
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