Fangraphs Dan Szymborski, the cat loving and ZiPS maestro has written his elegy for the 2019 Cincinnati Reds. He goes into what the Reds plan was heading into the year, and where it went wrong. But for me the most interesting part of the elegy was actually when he began to talk about the 2020 team.
Based on current rosters and assumptions, ZiPS projects the Reds to be in the 82-85 win territory.
On paper, the squad in Cincinnati is kind of in that “if everything goes right they could contend for a wild card” range. And that’s before the offseason takes place. The Reds have noted that they are raising payroll, though the haven’t specified to what extent that expansion will be. They should have plenty of money to spend in the offseason if they do most of the things expected of them when it comes to who they will tender contracts to for 2020.
There’s still a decent amount of talent that would need to be added to get from that projection to where they’d need to be, at least on paper, to be a true playoff contender with normal error bars. But it’s a good starting point as the team heads into the offseason with plenty of money to spend.
So long wonderful view from the press box
The Cincinnati Reds are moving their press box. For the longest time the press box in every stadium was located behind home plate. In some places it’s been higher up in the stands than others, but behind home plate is where it was. But that started to change at the Major League level in 2007 when the Chicago White Sox renovation of what is now Guaranteed Rate Field moved the press box to a spot down the right field line.
The Baseball Writers Association of America wasn’t thrilled about it, and then commissioner Bud Selig told them that no other team would be allowed to do that moving forward. Oops. As noted by Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports, the Angels, Blue Jays and “a couple of others” have moved their press box since. And the Reds are now right there with them. In place of the old press box there will be premium seating in what they are calling The Press Club, which as they describe it, will include “unparalleled views of the action while enjoying first-class dining, service, and amenities. Those amenities listed are all-inclusive food and beverages, fully-stocked bar, upscale food, in-seat service, and access to a private locker for personal liquor/wine storage for use during games. Sounds fancy. And expensive.
The press box is being moved down the left field line on the suite level. The radio and tv booths will remain behind the plate. That’s going to make for a fun walk for the beat writers in the second inning when they make their radio appearance. Whoever it happens to be that day, good luck not missing the start of the next inning before getting back to your seat.
What the new hitting coach hire and promotion could mean for the Reds farm system
On Thursday the Cincinnati Reds announced that they had hired Alan Zinter as the new hitting coach at the big league level. They also promoted Donnie Ecker from assistant hitting coach to assistant hitting coach and director of hitting.
Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com I went in depth on what that could mean for the farm system. But there’s also a lot in there from Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams on the move and what it means for the entire organization. I wrote a lot of words about it all – some good, and some not so good.
You could go work for the Reds….
The Cincinnati Reds have posted plenty of jobs that are available in the organization. There are eight total listings. Some of them are based in Cincinnati, but one of them is in Arizona at the spring training/rookie level complex. Others have a yet to be determined location at a minor league affiliate.
- Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach. Location to be determined.
- Certified Athletic Trainer. Location to be determined.
- Baseball Analytics Trainee.
- Data Scientist.
- Coordinator of Minor League Nutrition.
- Sports Science Intern. Location in Goodyear, Arizona.
- Baseball Research Analyst.
- DevOps Engineer.