Free Ryan Freel!
Small market? Low payroll? Shitty pitchers in a hitters park? Jim Bowden was their GM for a while? Sure, all good reasons. But add to that list shitty decisionmaking on a day-to-day basis. Take, for instance, their 2B situation. They have Ryan Freel, a guy in the past two seasons who has had a .375 (2004) and .371 OBP (2005) in 503 and 369 ABs respectively. Freel, in those seasons has managed to steal 37 and 36 bases while only getting caught 10 times in each year. Seems like a pretty consistent and valuable leadoff hitter right? I'd try to get him as many ABs as I possibly could; he can set the table and make things happen on the bases. But not the Reds. Oh no, they have to cut into Freel's ABs by giving time to Tony fucking Womack and his career .316 OBP. Womack's highest ever OBP in a season is .349 in 2004 w/ the Cards, but last year he had a .276 with the Yanks. Not only do they cut into Freel's ABs by playing Womack, but the Reds also insist on batting Womack leadoff. Brilliant. Yes he's fast, but what's the damn point if he can't even get on base at a respectible clip? You'd think that they'd want to have someone on base that Adam Dunn and Felipe Lopez can drive in.
Sorry I'm just bitter because Freel is on my fantasy team and doesn't get consistent starts even though he's already stolen 5 bases this year.
Update: Maybe they're still mad at Ryan for drunk driving last year. Nice mugshot buddy!