My latest column for Cincinnati Magazine explores whether Bob Castellini’s ownership team is meddling in the decisions of the baseball operations department:
Last week, I opined thusly: Dick Williams is a smart guy. Reds general manager Nick Krall is smart. There is no reason to believe they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand the perils of short-term decision-making at this crucial moment in the rebuild. Whether their hands are being tied by ownership is another question entirely.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s that last sentence I want to address this week. More precisely: Do the Cincinnati Reds have an ownership problem?
If we were to open up this question to the segment of Reds fans who are also talk radio listeners and/or deep thinkers on Twitter dot com, the answer would be a resounding YES. But the overwhelming reason given by that crowd would boil down to one word: money. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard the refrain more times than I care to count: Bob Castellini cares more about bobble-head nights than he cares about spending money on the team.
To those fans, let me be clear: I think the Cincinnati Reds may very well have an ownership problem, but it has little to do with money.
Read the entire piece for my reasoning. But the short answer is, well, yes.