From the Enquirer:

In a surprise move, the Reds cut Josh Hancock just as workout were supposed to start yesterday.

“I talked to these guys about that the last day (of last season) in St. Louis, about coming to spring training in shape,” Narron said. “The only way you do that is to take it serious. I have no clue of what Josh Hancock did this winter. He might have run a marathon for all I know. He might have been throwing off the mound every day. But he was 17 pounds over his requested reporting weight.

“Can he be a successful pitcher at 17 pounds more than he’s asked to be? Maybe. But we looked at last year. He was on the disabled list for 133 games. We did not see the commitment we wanted to see.”

I see this as a good sign, that the club is no longer accepting of excuses and the “status quo”.

I also see it as another break with the old regime, as Hancock was an “O’Brien guy”.

6 Responses

  1. orangeandbrown

    I like this. The comments upon DanO being fired were that there didn’t seem to be any urgency in the organization, and this certainly creates it. I understand that in the era of a guaranteed contract, there’s a limited amount to what can be done, but its guys like Hancock we need to emerge in order to compete, and you can light a fire under them.

  2. Cary

    3 or 4 starts would seem a bit quick, even considering it is Wilson and Milton. That leash might just be a bit short and would seem to me that management’s mind was made up and they should have never made the team in the first place, since these guys track record is generally rotation filler anyhow

  3. Glenn

    I guess I don’t get it. How in the world, when your business depends on your health and the physical shape your in, does a player show up for spring training 17 pounds overweight. It’s especially confusing when Hancock had just been put on waivers and sent to the minors. That alone should have clued Hancock into realizing that he was not on the Reds’ list of “have to keep” players. Maturity, stupidity, laziness….all of the above, I guess.

  4. orangeandbrown

    Glenn–because you didn’t expect to be called on it.

  5. Mark H

    Giving Milton or Wilson only three starts before cutting them? How can anybody make that kind of assessment when 3 or 4 starts for those guys is only 8-9 innings? I love the Hancock move, if you’re not serious about your profession maybe this dose of reality will motivate him if somebody else gives him a 2nd chance. Good riddance.

  6. Glenn

    Orange and Brown,
    Do you think Hancock will ever again show up for spring training overweight? Who needs Jenny Craig when you’ve got Jerry Narron?