in his intro to today's thread is right on the money: "All cynicism aside, wouldn't it be cool if Jeff Keppinger actually did turn out to be a .350+ hitter? I mean I'm like 99.9% sure he's going to regress at some point to his usual .280/.310/.370ish self, but it's fun to dream every once in a while. And he has had a great 79 at bats so far this year so what the hell, why not dream a little?"
Keppinger has been a breath of fresh air, Hobbs too, Livingston too, Hopper too, Burton too... At the risk of sounding like a broken record I really like the younger talent that this franchise has in the wings: Bailey, Votto, Ceuto, and Bruce as well as the above. Keppinger and NoHo are examples of what can happen when you bring up guys who are performing well consistently at AAA and give him them a shot.They may not be 1st line players, but you never really know until they've had a chance to show what they can do over a decent stretch of time. E.G. even if Kepp drops to .280 - .290 that ain't bad for a guy who can come off the bench and give you a pro AB and play 7 positions. Keppinger is living his dream and right now so is NoHo. I have been writing about this strategy for some time but but no one at the upper management level of the Reds seem to have been reading my diaries. Soooo, knowing that Bob Castellini is way more enamored with what the Brennamans have to say about the team direction than with Wayne's or Pete's opinion.We need to get Thom to prattle away non-stop about something important LIKE: Bringing up the youngsters and letting them play some MLB, then maybe Bob would get the message.
I agree w/JD, why not dream a little, everything to gain and absolutely no downside.