Originally written May 10, 2013 on StraitPinkie.com:
When Johnny Cueto went down with an injury earlier in the season, the Reds were forced to call up prospect Tony Cingrani to fill the void.  Nobody expected Cingrani to be as effective as he is at the Major League level this early.  In fact, Cingrani has been so good that many people are calling for the Reds to send down “veteran” Mike Leake and keep Cingrani in the rotation when Cueto makes his return. For starters, baseball is sort of like golf in the way that it is very traditional.  People want to keep players happy and it is important to build relationships with each other.  Mike Leake has been in the starting rotation for the Reds essentially ever since he was drafted 4 years ago.  He was briefly sent down once but was called back up just 2 appearances later.  Leake has proven himself to be an asset in the rotation over the last four years.  Meanwhile, Cingrani has only been up at the MLB level for four starts (seven appearances). That doesn’t exactly mean that Leake holds the ...
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