An unflattering portrait of the Reds has emerged following Jerry Narron's dismissal as manager, with reporters contrasting Narron's operation with those observed elsewhere in the league.
OK, so Narron was a good person. But his team has been variously described as lax, indifferent, unfocused, distracted and even lazy, with players notably lounging around the clubhouse or drinking beer when they should be honing their skills. Some were described as overly concerned with occupations that took them away from the game, such as golf, fishing or imprudent, late-night cruising.
Hall of Fame writer Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News, for one, reportedly confided to colleagues that the team was the worst he had seen in a career spanning 35 years.