The 2022 season is one of changes and differences for the Cincinnati Reds. They won’t open up at home for the first time in over 30 years. And now the game’s first pitch will be thrown an hour later than originally expected, too. The first game of the regular season for the Reds as they take on the Atlanta Braves will now we at 8:00 PM ET and the game will be on ESPN2 for the entire world to see, as first reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.
Tyler Mahle is going to get the nod as the starting pitcher for the Reds next Thursday night against the defending World Series champions. Exactly what the rotation looks like after that is still up in the air. Vladimir Gutierrez will be in the rotation, somewhere, but the other three spots are still seemingly up for grabs. It seems that Hunter Greene, Reiver Sanmartin, Tony Santillan, Nick Lodolo, and perhaps Jeff Hoffman all remain options to start the season in the rotation while the team waits for Luis Castillo and Mike Minor to catch up after some shoulder soreness slowed down their building up for the season (both are throwing now).
Get out of the way or sell the team, Bob
The Riverfront is trying to get up a billboard asking the Reds ownership group to sell the team. That one, you are probably aware of at this point. This morning it was Richard Skinner of Local 12 in Cincinnati who took a shot at Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini. His take is one that we’ve seen before, several times – Castellini is getting in the way of the baseball people.
It’s almost as if Castellini told general manager Nick Krall to cut payroll to start the rebuild, then got wind of the fans’ ire at the decision and demanded Krall to go get players. That’s where Castellini’s reign as owner continues to be confusing.
He doesn’t have the patience nor does he understand the proper timing to trade players to maximize value in a rebuild.
Later on in the piece, Skinner really gets to the point with these three sentences at the end.
What needs to happen is to get out of the way of his baseball operations people and give them time to put a real plan in place. He needs to be more transparent about taking money that was saved during that rebuild and using it to re-sign key players or invest in free agents when the pieces are in place to win big.
If not, then he needs give someone else a chance to bring championship baseball back to Cincinnati.