The Cincinnati Reds had quite a frustrating season in 2022 after having traded away stars such as Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez, signaling the start of a rebuild on the banks of the Ohio River.
President Phil Castellini made several comments last season that drew the ire of fans, with the biggest one being where the fans were going to go if the Reds don’t improve.
The short answer is, they chose not to come to the ballpark.
On Saturday, Castellini spoke before a group of Reds fans and offered another olive branch, saying that he believes the team is making progress for 2023.
Guys, we are going to lose less than 100. “Progress” pic.twitter.com/Uhos4ohtfA
— table 28 (@Kelly_Gretchen) January 14, 2023
The Reds have done close to nothing this offseason and don’t appear to be making any more progress in terms of signings, trades, or improving the club in any capacity.
Yet here Castellini is, talking about progress.
Granted, the emergence of starters Nick Lodolo and Hunter Greene is one reason to be excited about the future.
But beyond that, the Reds are going to need to add some supplements to their young core.
The additions of Kevin Newman, Wil Myers, and Luke Weaver could help them a little bit, but those additions pale in comparison to what other teams in the National League have done, especially juggernauts like the New York Mets.
So it’s easy to understand why Reds fans are continually frustrated with Castellini and don’t have a positive outlook for the 2023 season.
And until some changes are made, fans will continue to be frustrated with Cincinnati’s front office.