It's time to win now — or at least make winning soon look realistic.
Fans are justified in feeling frustrated if that doesn't happen.
The team is on the right course as far as trusting who is on the roster — but those guys better feel some urgency to get the job done now.
They've been smart not to sign any contracts that could compromise future roster flexibility. (Votto's mega-deal looked like it would be an exception when he signed it, but the market has caught and passed him.)
I approve of all of these messages.
I’m excited to see how the young pitchers do this season and who in the lineup proves he has staying power.
Votto is unique among star athletes in that he can say reasonably what others might make sound like a hot take or empty rhetoric.
“It’s time to win!” is easy to say.
It’s what should be said, probably, and therefore it’s easy to dismiss.
But with Votto it’s like, “Yeah, let’s do it.”
Of course, Votto’s ability to replicate his amazing 2017 is going to be a big key to the Reds getting better as a team in 2018, especially with Zack Cozart’s exit…
No coach wins without good players, but few teams succeed without everyone being on board with personal expectations, either.
If Grant is trying to send a message to some of his players (who obviously have the physical ability to play at this level) it comes with the risk of some of those players deciding to go elsewhere.
Maybe that, too, will lead to a team being better than the sum of its parts, but only time will tell…
Along those same lines: Ohio State's thin roster has been exposed late in what was a dream season that is starting to look more like just a nice story.
Penn State might just be a bad matchup for the Buckeyes, but Michigan was clearly better in a Sunday showdown in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines have a coach who has been recruiting his types of guys and developing them for years now while the end of Thad Matta’s career at Ohio State was marked by disinterested play, recruiting mismatches and mistakes and eventually numerous transfers.
Matta’s attempt to reset the program two years ago didn’t work.
Now Chris Holtmann has done a lot of good stuff with what is left, but the reality these Buckeyes are limited offensively may be setting in.
They play Rutgers tonight in the final home game of the season. Then it’s a trip to Indiana that could be tricky.
After the Big Ten tournament, they’ll have almost two weeks off, so at least fatigue shouldn’t be a problem when the Big Dance rolls around.
Everyone knowing the team has to play offensively through Keita Bates-Diop probably still will be, though.