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The Cuban Missile Crisis

September 17, 2010

As the Reds near the playoffs for the first time in 15 years fans, including myself, are eagerly awaiting October baseball.  This team has performed quite well and overcome most of its weaknesses by never giving in and coming back when the odds are against them; a true sign of a championship caliber team after all is the grit it displays when faced with what seem to be insurmountable odds.

Dusty The Magnificent deserves all the credit in the world for where this team has gone this season.

Let’s also remember then this team has its share of weaknesses, that’s why it hasn’t entirely put the St. Louis Alberts in the category they should be with the way they have played, that category being mathematically eliminated.  One of this team’s greatest weaknesses has been closer and cardiac assaulter Fransisco Cordero.

"The Weakness" Christian Petersen/Getty Images

So why would Dusty The Magnificent get so defensive when Paul Daugherty asks him if he would use the only guy in the history of the game to throw a baseball faster than the speed of light as a closer if Coco continues to struggle?

I’ll tell you why, because as we’ve seen time and time again with Dusty The Magnificent, it ain’t how you perform, it’s how long you’ve been around.

That’s why Dusty hung with Corey Patterson and Willy Taveras and kept Chris Dickerson and Drew Stubbs benched despite superior performances.

That’s why Mike Lincoln made the team out of spring training this year despite having a 5.80ish ERA as a member of the Reds.

That’s why, Chapman’s radar gun readings aside, he has stuck with Coco and left Nick Masset (who despite a bad start is having a much better season than Coco) and Aroldis Chapman delegated to set-up the blown save duties.

I’m not saying a guy shouldn’t be given an extra chance or two if he has been around a while and has a track record, they should.  At the same time, just because a guy doesn’t have a track record doesn’t mean he can’t do as good a job or better than the guy with the track record.

Good enough to be the postseason closer for the Reds? Not with Dusty The Magnificent at the helm. (

In the current situation, give Chapman a shot here and there to close out a game.  Coco could get hurt tomorrow (not that I would wish injury upon anyone, but please God, at least consider it?) and you won’t know what he can do and you will need to have him  succeed, at least now you’ll have Coco as a back up.

So Dusty, at least give it a shot, what’s the worst that could happen? He blows a save?

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