"It seems like we get down one or two runs and no one (cares) anymore."
The words Mark Reynolds spoke Friday came as a great relief to many Diamondbacks fans who have felt the same way for most of the season. This team doesn’t try. They play lackadaisically. They just don’t seem to care. Now, finally, we know that at least one of the players feels the same way.
Reynolds continued, "This is the major leagues. You can't go out there and make three errors a night and expect to win a game. We look like the Bad News Bears out there and it's frustrating. It's to the point where stuff's got to change."
One of the major problems with this team is that there is a lack of leadership. There are no veteran position players that play everyday that can guide this young team. Except for Felipe Lopez, a journeyman, there is not one everyday position player has played more than three seasons in the Majors. And the manager they just gave a three year contract to not only appears to be very non confrontational, but also had never managed one game of professional baseball, major league or minor, in his life. Not really the person that most would have picked to lead a young team with no veteran presence.
This season will actually end up helping the Diamondbacks in the years to come. This is the season where a fairly inexperience group of players is learning to deal with constant injuries, critical media and fans, persistent trade rumors, and failed expectations. This season many of the players on the Diamondbacks will learn what it means to be in Major League Baseball.
I have maintained that at its core this team is a good team with good players. With a few more pieces and a few less injuries they will be one of the better teams in baseball in the future. The Diamondbacks could possibly have three All Stars this year; genuinely bad teams do not have three All Stars. Right now the only NL teams with three or more players going are the Cardinals, Phillies, Dodgers, and Mets, with the Mets being the only team not in first place in their division.
Now it is up the players on the Diamondbacks to figure out what kind of team they want to be for the rest of the season. Since Reynolds spoke out the Diamondbacks won their next two games and won their first series since June 18. I am not expecting them to go .500 the rest of the season, but I am hoping that the bumbling, lazy play is something that is behind them.