Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Fair is fair

When their team plays poorly, a big-league manager assumes much of the blame. When they play well, the skipper is said to be doing a good job. And, rightly so.

Despite a recent five-game losing streak, the Reds remained tied for the second-most victories in the National League. They spent 37 of 50 days in first or second place in the NL Central Division. At 27-19, the Reds are performing above most fans' expectations at this point in the season.

So, when does Reds manager Jerry Narron get his due? I'm not holding my breath.

I hear from a disturbingly large number of fans who believe the Reds are winning in spite of Narron. That couldn't be any further from the truth.

When the Reds play well, they are executing what Narron preaches. They did so throughout a club record 17 victories in April.

Fans, and a certain group of talk radio hacks, like to ridicule Narron as the "Baseball Guy" and for his unrelenting mantra to play the game "the right way".

It was Narron who kept the Reds from busting apart at the seams following the ouster of Dave Miley last June. He guided them to a 46-46 record. He's 27-19 this year.

The Reds are winning. Narron is the manager. C'mon, give him some love.

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