I don’t know who John Erickson is, and I know he doesn’t write his own headlines, but this piece by Erickson in the Dayton Daily News entitled “Reds should trade in sluggers for small ball” is just silly, not to mention poorly-reasoned.

I mean, there are legitimate arguments for trading Adam Dunn and Junior Griffey. I don’t necessarily agree with them, but reasonable minds can disagree on the point.

But to say that the Reds need to “usher in a style of small ball that might lead to more wins” is just, again, silly and unserious. “Small ball” isn’t going to cut it in this era. It’s not the Seventies any longer. Come to think of it, in the 70s, the Reds were the opposite of small ball, when everyone else was playing it.

Any thoughts?