Making sense of list changes


The Reds entered some weird, the world of Twilight Zone where they created their own reality. It could be that five years later, when Chase Petty, Nick Lodolo, Hunter Greene and Brandon Williamson all make the all-star squad, we’ll look back on that little moment in time and see nothing but shine.

At present, we see Mike Minor acquired to replace Wade Miley, who had the right to walk for nothing. Minor’s numbers last year weren’t even close to Miley’s, he makes $9m, Miley makes $10m so the money is next to zero, and the Reds also included Amir Garrett in the agreement.

They also signed a 34-year-old utility player, Donovan Solano, for $4.5 million, but they didn’t have enough in the cash to retain Jesse Winker and didn’t want to pay Eugenio Suarez. To recap: major league hitters lost since the end of Season 21: Barnhart, Winker, Suarez, Castellanos. Pitchers: Gray, Miley, Lorenzen, Garrett.

The major league players lost: half a starting lineup, two decent starting pitchers, two relievers.

Added major leagues: Minor, Solano.

It was David Bell on Wednesday:

“It’s not entirely clear, but I know we’re improving in a really weird way.”

Please explain.

“It’s really hard to say that when you lose really good players. It’s a belief that we’re going to figure it out. We’ve got some really smart people. It’s part of a bigger plan and I think it will happen. much sooner than you think.

Oh my. We need Rod Serling to interpret. Take it off, Rod:

“You opened this door with the key of the imagination. Beyond that is another dimension. . . ”

The Reds already had the Manchurian General Manager. (Lookitup, kids.) Now they have the Manchurian Manager.

To recap, Part 2: We’re getting better. How? ‘Or’ What? Beat me. We have smart people. Really smart. It’s going to be great here very soon.

Why?

“It’s also based on knowing what’s going on,” Bell said.

Oh.

“. . . a sound dimension, a visual dimension, a mental dimension.”

In greeting to Wednesday’s proceedings, Nick Krall said:

“We wanted to make sure we gave this team every chance to fight for a playoff spot in 2022.”

“You just crossed. . . in the twilight zone.”

What’s your favorite word to describe this?

I will go with David Bell. He said it was weird. “The way things are going right now, we could be sitting here tomorrow,” Bell added.

Owl.

If Serling wrote this thing, he’d be up for an Emmy.. Only it’s not science fiction. It only seems so.

Now. . .

SEAN MILLER? He has been seen on Xavier’s campus a few times over the past two months. His connections and success are evident, he would have a huge and immediate impact on Xavier’s currently declining men’s basketball program. He is unemployed and interested.

Corn. . . Sean Miller?

In five years as head coach at X, the Musketeers have made four NCAA tournaments. From 2009 until his firing last April, Miller’s Arizona Wildcats made three Elite 8s and two Sweet 16s. The man can coach.

Corn. . . Sean Miller?

Arizona fired him for his alleged role in five NCAA Level 1 offenses which are still pending. A federal college basketball investigation resulted in Miller’s top assistant coach, Book Richardson, spending three months in prison for a bribery conviction. Richardson had pleaded guilty to accepting $20,000 in bribes from agents for the purpose of later referring UA players to those agents for professional representation.

Christian Dawkins was the named agent. ESPN.com:

During Dawkins’ trial, prosecutors played a call intercepted by the FBI in which Richardson told Dawkins that Miller was paying $10,000 a month for former player Deandre Ayton.

Miller has repeatedly said he never paid the players to attend Arizona. The NCAA named him for one charge, “for failing to demonstrate that he fostered an atmosphere of compliance and monitored his personnel.”

Miller’s charge is minimal, in the grand scheme. But it’s Xavier we’re talking about.

It would be naïve to suggest that the Musketeers never broke NCAA rules, if only because every school did, knowingly or unknowingly, at some point. And now that NIL is taking center stage, paying players is no longer the big sin it used to be.

But if Xavier brings Sean Miller back, he loses the high ground he likes to think he occupies. The NCAA probe may not be Sean Miller’s fault. It’s his problem.

And Xavier’s dilemma. Current DA Greg Christopher served on the infraction committee for more than a decade. In fact, he chaired it for part of that time.

So I’m going to ask you, Musketeer Nation: Is it worth it?

AND I SOMEWHERE NEGLECTED to mention Pat Kelsey yesterday, as a candidate to replace Travis Steele. He would be a popular choice and has shown he can coach at a high level.

Plus, we may never know why Xavier and Steele apparently mutually decided that Steele wouldn’t coach the season. This is a very bad look, No matter the reason.

AND FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH.. . I feel a little bad every time a coach/manager gets fired here. Not much for the coach. He knows how the coaching game is played. But for his family and especially his children.

I will never forget something Dave Shula told me, years after Mike Brown mercifully fired him five games into Shula’s 5th season. Paraphrasing:

“You don’t realize the impact of your words. My children have been teased mercilessly because of things you wrote.’

Yes, the coaches are big boys. Yes, they make a lot of money. It doesn’t make them less human than the rest of us, or less vulnerable to the things that are said/written about them. Or worse, the fallout that their children have to bear.

The same could be said of Katie and Troy Blackburn and their two daughters.

I tried to remember Shula’s words, too many times without success. Good luck to Travis Steele, who has two young sons. He coped with grace and class.

AND NOW. . .

Hey Michelle also likes to dance.

“Ain’t Too Proud” is presented at the Aronoff Center until March 27. . I went to the opening night and I’m just saying that it took everything not to sing too loud and stay in my place! The voices were fantastic and the Temptations story was so interesting. Grab tickets now and a little scoop… you’ll be dancing in the aisles at the end!

Humble Monk Brewing Co. ~ Friday, March 18 from 8-11 p.m. Join us for a fun night of beer and salsa dancing. The Latin band La Formula Music Production will get you moving and there will be dance teachers to help you with the moves. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

I Scream, You Scream – It’s Ice Cream Time~ The weather is warming up and some of our favorite Whippy Dips are ready to serve up delicious treats. Here are a few that are open so far:

Hamilton Flubs Ice Cream; Gold Top Dairy Bar Green Township; Mt. Healthy Dairy Bar Mt. Healthy; Whipty-Do! Maineville; ft. Thomas Parlor at Ft. Thomas; Rootbeer stand in Sharonville…enjoy it

Russell Dickerson is at the Ovation Pavilion~ If you haven’t been to Ovation yet, it’s a great place with outdoor and indoor stages…every seat has a great view (the ground is always fun too). So put on those cowboy boots and join me this Saturday and sing along with Russell!

Soak Dave says top o’ the mornin’. . .

SET DAY. . .Yes of course. Possibly the most beautiful song Van has ever written, and one that covers huge ground. Soulful, gloomy, passionate. All-Irish, in other words. Slainte, indeed.

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