Here’s my latest piece for Cincinnati Magazine. You’ve all heard the curious statement by Reds’ president of baseball operations Dick Williams about the “winning culture” around the Reds. I have a little different response to that quote, and that’s the focus of this week’s column. Here’s the conclusion:
And management needs to be doing everything necessary to ensure that the right pieces are in place for that culture to surround a team that can compete for a playoff spot next year and for the foreseeable future.
Should we give this current ownership/management team the benefit of the doubt? Not necessarily, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been very vocal in my criticisms when I think theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve blundered. But Williams is correct: This is a team that can compete with the best teams going forward. A winning culture is beginning to creep into the clubhouse, onto the field, and into the stands.
And the Reds just told you that you should expect nothing less than winning baseball in the future. Now they need to deliver.