Wrong for Each Other! Doc Pompous strikes again!
As The Club preps for a doubleheader that could set longevity records, The Morning Man says J. Votto will go on the DL today. The wonder is how much he will be missed.
The last time I suggested, “Not as much as you’d think,’’ I took the predictable bashing from the OBP crowd and the Walk Freaks. So be it. The fact is, losing Votto is not the blow it used to be, because Votto isn’t the hitter he used to be. That likely owes to the chronic quadriceps pain that keeps him from driving off his back leg.
He could be gone this time until late August. The Reds will have to find a first baseman. Period. They have no one in their weak-hitting farm system. They have no one on the 25-man who can play there every day.
Which brings us to today’s Essential Question:
A name that has popped up is Adam Dunn. TML has one thing to say about that:
You might see Dunn’s name and recall long home runs. I see it and recall Dunn in the clubhouse every afternoon, splayed on a leather couch, reading car magazines.
You might see serious longball potential for a Club that could use some, and a nice fixture at cleanup. I see a player who has never won anywhere. Who is too cool for school. Whose “work habits’’ here were not exactly a shining example for young players.
I wrote a column once, in the declining days of the Junior-Dunn Era, suggesting the Reds would be better instantly, if only they’d take the couches out of the clubhouse. Dunn ridiculed me, naturally. Then he got traded. Seems someone important agreed with me. Is it coincidence The Club started winning once Dunner and Griff left the building? Perhaps.
The couches are still in the clubhouse. They’re not used very much.
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