I was talking to my wife the other night about the NBA playoffs.
She said, "Those are still going on?! I thought basketball was over."
"Look at the bright side", I said, "Basketball is almost over, but we still have more than 115 games left in the Reds season."
I love the Reds.
I love going to the games, I love watching them on TV, I love Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.
But even the most die-hard Reds fans like me will agree: This season is a total disaster.
The team just lost its ninth straight game and there's no reason for me to believe they'll come out of this freefall.
And to make matters worse, I think it will get worse before it gets better.
The Reds last made the playoffs in 2013, when they lost a wild card game to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
That same year another mid-market team, The Houston Astros, dumped all their high salary players and dedicated themselves to rebuilding.
They lost 111 games in 2013, 92 in 2014, then made the playoffs last year with a bunch of guys I've never heard of.
The Reds are going the opposite direction.
Since 2013, the team has only gotten worse.
Upper management says it's dedicated to rebuilding, but big salaries like Votto, Phillips and Jay Bruce are still on the payroll.
Makes rebuilding a little more difficult, doesn't it.
I know, I know: Moving a guy who makes $20 million is easier said than done, but if the Reds want to be competitive in the next few years, it has to happen.
Reds' fans should look at the Astros and the Kansas City Royals and see a little bit of a silver lining.
Going from worst to first is possible.
Heck, the Royals have been in back to back World Series and won the whole thing last year.
Do the Reds want to be contenders, even if it's not this year?
Or do they want to continue being pretenders and let the free fall continue?
It's time for management to look in the mirror and figure it out.
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