Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams said that he expects the coaching staff, and manager, to return in 2021 after they took the team to both a winning record and the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
“I foresee this staff coming back. I do,” said Williams. “What we went through as a group and the way they stepped up and prepared these guys, I think they deserve every chance to come back. We just ended the season yesterday, so of course I have to sit down with Bob and some of the other guys, and sit down with David, but this was a year they should be proud of and right now we see everyone coming back.”
At this point, the final decisions aren’t made, as noted by Williams – he hasn’t yet sat down with CEO Bob Castellini or manager David Bell yet – but he seems to feel good about the managerial and coaching staff that is in place right now moving forward.
This certainly may not sit well with some given that the team had the lowest team batting average in nearly a century, finishing the year with a .212 mark that was 30th in Major League Baseball, and 60 points worse than the New York Mets mark at the top of the league. The Reds did lead the National League in walk rate at 11.3%. Their strikeout rate of 25.2% was the 7th worst in baseball – though it’s probably worth pointing out that of the seven worst teams in baseball at making contact made the playoffs. In just 60 games, weird things happen. At no point during the year did the offense ever click at the same time. When one portion of the lineup was rolling, the other half struggled to get the ball out of the infield. When those guys started going, the ones who were previously hitting went ice cold. Perhaps that would have changed in a 162-game season. We’ll never get that answer.
The pitching staff – well, they got their job done. There were some hiccups in the bullpen at times during the season, but the team ERA was 3.89. The pitching staff led the league in strikeout rate and finished second in opponents batting average.
There was a lot more in this afternoon’s interview with Williams, and we’ll get that out to you soon. But this particular portion of it felt like something worth putting out there quickly.