Back in 2006, when Bob Castellini bought the Reds, he said:
“We’re buying the Reds to win. Anything else is unacceptable,” said Robert Castellini, who was approved by Major League Baseball on Jan. 19 as the team’s new majority owner. … Asked how long it would take to bring the Reds back to playoff contention, Castellini said, “Our goal is to put a contender on the field this year.”
All we’re asking is for Reds ownership to do what they told us they were going to do. If they can’t, Reds fans will likely turn their attention elsewhere.
Well, 16 years later, we have six 90+ loss seasons to show for it. Since the MLB went to a 162 game schedule around 1960, the Reds have had eleven 90+ loss seasons. So that means there were five 90+ loss seasons in 45 years before Castellini, but Bob has racked up six 90+ loss seasons in only 16 years.
Before Bob, 1 year out of 9 was terrible (11%). With Bob, 37.5% of the seasons are terrible. And it looks like next year will add to the total.
Adding to that, in the 17 seasons of the Castellini regime, the Reds have a mere five winning seasons, and the two most recent were of an extremely modest variety (31-29 in 2020, 83-79 in 2021). My math tells me that means there’s a 70.5% chance going into any given season that it’s going to be a losing season for the Reds.
The Reds’ postseason history during the Castellini regime has been filled with humiliation and embarrassment:
2010 - Reds open the playoffs by getting no-hit by Roy Halladay and summarily swept by the Phillies.
2012 - Reds blow a 2-0 series lead by losing Games 3 to 5 — all at GABP — to an underdog Giants team, joining the ranks of very few others who blew a 2-0 lead in a best-of-5 series.
2013 - The infamous “CUUUUEEEE - TOOOOO” wildcard game loss at Pittsburgh.
2020 - Swept 2-0 at Atlanta, where the putrid Reds offense couldn’t muster a single run in the series.
In its 20 years of existence, the Reds have not won a single postseason game at GABP, and haven’t hosted a playoff game in a full decade.
Lastly, it would be fair to argue that in the past decade, the Reds farm system has produced a mere 4 position players who went on to become decent or better major leaguers: Tucker Barnhart, Jesse Winker, Tyler Stephenson, Jonathan India. Unless I’m missing anyone who developed here and got traded and became noteworthy elsewhere, that’s it. Four guys. In a decade. Everyone else has been a failure, a likely failure still playing out (Senzel, Barrero), warm bodies who are nothing more than filler, or guys developed by other teams who the Reds then traded for or signed.
It’s impossible to win when your farm system produces four competent major-league position players in a decade.
It’s true, it’s true. Trust me …