Happy Trails Edwin Encarnacion

No one in the Queen City knew if they liked Edwin Encarnacion. One day you would love the guy who went 3-5 and hit an upper deck home run, but the next day you would be frustrated to death when he threw a ball into the dugout trying to throw to first. Edwin Encarnacion.jpgThe fact is that Encarnacion was never a consistent ball player and in turn was not a good player for playing winning baseball. He did not consistently perform at a high level which is required to sustain success.
Certain players are just winners and EE wasn’t really one of them. Kevin Youkilis, Chipper Jones, Dustin Pedroia: they are winners. They play winning baseball and don’t make little mistakes that can end up costing their team a game. They demand perfection from themselves and in turn from their teams.
Scott Rolen will serve as a leader for a young lineup. The Reds have really only had veteran leadership in the bullpen this year and that has been the best part of the club. Reds pitchers can also sleep a little easier as Rolen will provide great defense behind them. Rolen was hitting .320 with 8 homers and is making 11 million this year and is due to make 11 million next year.
He has had some back problems in recent years. Walt Jocketty’s first question to Blue Jays GM Ricciardi was is he healthy and he was assured he was. Rolen will most likely hit 4th or maybe 5th in the Reds lineup. Go Reds

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One comment

  1. hollowman777

    I definitely think that Rolen is an overall upgrade, however, I was disappointed that we gave up two very fine pitching prospects. Good luck in Toronto Edwin I hope you learn the finer aspects of the game and go on to a very long and successful career in baseball. I was surprised to find out that we weren’t able to unload any of our overpaid pitchers. We’ll see in the next month if the Reds place anyone on waivers. Jocketty just may wait until the off season to do anymore wheeling and dealing.

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