On Tuesday, Reds President Phil Castellini appeared to tell fans that they had no option but to accept the team’s reduced roster, then afterward apologized.
Castellini, who also serves as the team’s chief operating officer, is the son of Reds CEO Bob Castellini, who has been the team’s controlling owner since January 2006.
In the last 15 years, Cincinnati has made the playoffs four times, losing in the division series in 2010 and 2012, as well as the wild-card round in 2013 and 2020. During that time, the Reds only had five seasons with a winning record.
Phil Castellini was asked why a fan should keep faith in him on WLW radio on Tuesday before the team’s home opener.
“How about you? Where are you going?” Let’s begin with that. Who are you going to sell the team to?” According to Castellini. “And here’s the second thing: do you want to debate this?”
If you were to consider what you would do with this team to make it more profitable, generate more money, and compete more effectively in the existing economic system in which this game exists, what would you do? It would be to pick it up and transport it to a new location.
“As a result, be cautious about what you ask for. I believe we are doing the best we can with the resources at our disposal. We’re just as thrilled as the fans with the results. I’m not here to tell you that you should be happy.
Right now, I’m not polishing trophies in the workplace, and that’s exactly what we’re here for. But the basic line is — and I believe we have had to change our discipline. We’ve tried a number of things and none of them have worked.
They were so close to working, but they didn’t. It’s not up to anyone to tell me it didn’t work. So I believe we’ve learned something from those experiences. And believe me when I say that [general manager] Nick [Krall] is a man on a mission.
And he’s a bull in a china shop who has his own method of doing things, which is to cultivate your own, which he’s doing.”
The Reds dealt former All-Star pitcher Sonny Gray, outfielder Jesse Winker, third baseman Eugenio Suarez, and reliever Amir Garrett during the summer.
Phil Castellini delivered a statement after the Reds fell to 2-3 after losing 10-5 to the Cleveland Guardians.
“I regret the words I made earlier today,” he stated, apologising to Reds fans. “We adore this city, this team, and our supporters.” I understand how our supporters feel, and I apologise.”