Best Of 2022

Best Leap of Faith for Reds Fans

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia/Ukraine war and Britney Spears’ long-won freedom from her tyrannical conservatorship, it’s safe to say that nobody can predict anything in this damn world. But that seems to be doubly true for the upcoming Major League Baseball season. Team owners forced a lockout in December after the old five-year collective bargaining agreement expired. With no movement of any kind — including facility visits, trades or practices — since then, MLB had canceled the first two series of the 2022 season in early March. This was the first work stoppage since the 1994-1995 players’ strike, which doomed the 1994 World Series, the ninth stoppage ever and just the fifth that had canceled regular-season games. But miraculously, the two sides struck an agreement later and rescheduled the canceled games. Now that teams are allowed to trade again, Cincinnati Reds fans are wondering who’s actually going to be on the field at Great American Ball Park. The front office traded All-Star outfielder Jesse Winker, third baseman Eugenio Suárez and pitcher Sonny Gray, and the club is reportedly “not interested” in luring back top outfielder Nick Castellanos, who opted out of his remaining contract in November (update: Castellanos has since gone to the Philadelphia Phillies). As of press time, nervous fans still have no idea what’s to come for 2022, but at least Reds stalwart Joey Votto is calling for quality resources, too. “We haven’t done enough winning,” the lifetime Red recently said in an interview.