When your team is 5 zillion games out since 2001 and you’ve traded away your best hitters for prospects, that’s usually the time that a baseball team calls up its young players or the prospects it just received and plays them. A reasonable person could expect that, especially when the manager of the team has gone on record as saying he would love to play young players. Just give them to him.
Yeah, well, that wouldn’t be the Cincinnati Reds. In a pointless game yesterday, Dusty Baker didn’t play Chris Dickerson and Adam Rosales, favoring Corey Patterson and Andy Phillips. Josh Fogg started, too, instead of someone who might be with the team next year. Sigh. When will that man be fired.
The Reds lost, of course. Is it any coincidence that the Pirates had their shiny new young players, you know, playing?