Cincinnati All-Stars Refuse To Make Adjustments Even After 2014 Embarrassing Season

Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier, even before winning the home race for the National League derby last year, gained notoriety for his unusual choice of walk-up songs. Whenever comes to the plate at Great American Ball Park, he does it with songs of Frank Sinatra.

"My Way" seems to sum up the stubborn attitude that dominated and perhaps harmed biggest stars of the club.

The first example of "do it my way" attitude took place before 2013, when the Reds considered convert closer Aroldis Chapman a starter. "I prepared as each season, make me ready to close," said Chapman USA Today reporter C.Trent Rosencrantz on 12/06/13. Cincinnati manager Bryan Price, Dusty Baker as his predecessor last year, allowed his best arm to continue to be a relief. Accordingly, Chapman faced only 204 batters all season, since the fourth Reds have offered few opportunities to save.

The most useful player in 2010 saw their number of power constantly dip the following season, finishing with only six last season. During the same period, Votto had his RBI total drop from 113 to just 23.

Despite the need for the team to get more power from its first base, Votto has expressed no desire to change what critics say is his offensive approach too patient.

"Votto sees no need to change the way he thinks on the map (or excuse)," said Paul Daugherty at 06/03/15 Cincinnati Enquirer. "For Votto, RBIs are a function of chance rather than skill."

Cincinnati outfielder Jay Bruce seems to have the opposite direction of Votto, but they have a similar attitude stubborn when it comes to make adjustments that can help the team. Because Bruce relies so much on shooting the ball, often used the infield shift teams on him.

Not only the strategy of causing Bruce to fall to.217 average is realized its power too. Critics believe that Bruce should use change to your advantage, taking the ball to the opposite side, all but assuring him one. Bruce, however, insists that he will stay with your current approach.

"When I do my work, I hit the ball in the gaps in the stands," said Bruce Rosencrantz on 09/03/15 Cincinnati Enquirer. The three players were the key to success of Cincinnati for the last half-decade, which saw the Reds reach the playoffs three times. Unfortunately, his refusal to make adjustments led to the team lost nearly ninety games last year.
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