Here’s my latest column for Cincinnati Magazine:
As I predicted a few weeks ago, three Cincinnati Reds have earned trips to this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s All-Star Game. Joey Votto is going for the sixth time, while Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez will make their first appearances on a National League roster at this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Midsummer Classic. Many thousands of words have been written about Votto and Scooter, and rightfully so. But I want to talk about Suarez for a moment, and hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why: Eugenio Suarez is one of the best third basemen in the history of the Cincinnati Reds. And heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still getting better.
Some of you are nodding your head right now. Some of you think IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m out of my mind. But is the statement above any crazier than that time I said ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Garry ShandlingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Show is one of the top three television comedies of all time? I was right about that, too.
Hear me out. Last season, at age 25, Suarez posted 4.0 Wins Above Replacement. That is one of the top 25 individual seasons for a third baseman in Reds history. It was a very good season, but not quite enough to put him in elite territory. Yet.
Read the entire piece here, and let me know what you think.