There are certain things that will live forever in my memory as a Cincinnati sports fan, both good and bad. Kenyon Martin breaking his leg at the end of his senior season. Jay Bruce’s walk-off homer to clinch the division. Carson Palmer launching a bomb to Chris Henry in the Bengals first playoff game in more than a decade, and then immediately being carted off the field. Todd Frazier winning the Home Run Derby on our home field at GABP during the 2015 All-Star festivities.
Todd was a fan favorite for the Reds, and the fan outrage was real when he got flipped for a few prospects, notably Scott Schebler and Jose Peraza. Frazier is a very likable guy, always with a smile on his face, and he really seemed to connect with the fans in Cincinnati. I vividly remember one of the local news channels running a story about an elderly lady, who had been a Reds fan her entire life, saying that she would no longer be watching games since they traded him.
Looking back almost two years later, it’s pretty safe to say that the Reds won that trade. In a full season with the White Sox last year, he batted .225 and this year was batting a whopping .207 before being flipped again to the Yankees. I know batting average isn’t the only thing to look at now with all of the sabermetrics available, but it’s still very telling. We can also take the age of the players we acquired into account. Frazier is 31. Schebler is only 26, putting up okay numbers for a young guy, and Peraza is only 23. We still aren’t 100% sure what we have with Peraza, but it’s definitely still too early to pull the plug on him.
I wished Todd the best of luck when we traded him, and I still hope he does well with the Yankees. To clarify, I hope Frazier does well, and the rest of the team gets no-hit for the rest of the season.
I know it’s always a dicey thing to say, but I kind of trust Dick Williams with this rebuild. Hopefully being two years removed from the trade of a fan favorite has lent some perspective to the crazy-emotionally invested fans. I would rather win a World Series than a Home Run Derby, but hey, that’s just me.
Even if some fans can’t forgive the Reds for what they did, we’ll always have that hot summer night in July of 2015 when he was the talk of the baseball world.