2017 was a rough year for the Cincinnati Reds on the field. Though the Reds had some triumphs along with their struggles. Here’s a look at some of 2017’s biggest Reds related stories.

1. Farewell Zack Cozart

Earlier this month Zack Cozart was traded by the Reds to the Los Angeles. Where he will join an increasingly talented team. This comes after one of the best season of Cozart’s career to date. With the best on base percentage and slugging average of his Major League career. Along with his best batting average since his rookie season and a career high 24 home runs.

Cozart was selected to participate in the MLB All-Star Game for the first time in his career. Which led to one of the most fun stories of the year. Cozart’s gift for his All-Star season was a donkey.

2. Scooter Gennett’s homecoming

Two of the best deals the Reds have made over the last three years includes local talent. From Louisville native Adam Duvall to Cincinnati’s own Scooter Gennett. The Reds added Gennett from the Milwaulkee Brewers last offseason. Gennett became a welcomed addition to the Reds batting lineup. Having by far the Reds offensive highlight of the season. With a franchise record four home runs in one game.

3. Bryan Price is still here

Imagine taking the reigns of a franchise that went to the postseason three out of the previous four seasons. The franchise not only fails to qualify for the postseason over the next four seasons. They haven’t had a winning season in that span of time. Despite those things, the manager will still have the job going into next year. This is the Bryan Price story in a nutshell.

It’s understandable for many to see the decision to bring Price back as baffling. There are several reasons why the Reds aren’t doing so well. From struggles ranging from injuries to bad pitching. Managers often get the blame when things go bad. Next season will be proof of whether Price deserves that blame or not.

4. Where is everybody?

It would be unsurprising if someone said that during a Reds game in 2017. Plenty of seats were available at Great American Ball Park this past season. Proving James Earl Jones’ famous line in Field of Dreams right. People aren’t coming over to GABP in droves for the Reds rebuild. The Reds performance is one of the driving factors behind the Reds reduced attendance figures.

Along with potentially MLS bound FC Cincinnati to a lesser extent. People want to see a winner but lately the Reds haven’t won much. The Reds rank 26th out of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams attendance-wise. According to Statista, the Reds had their worst average attendance of the decade this year. Down nearly 10,000 from it’s 2013 average attendance figures.

5. A new generation’s growing pains

There’s another potential factor in the Reds attendance issues. There’s plenty of unfamiliar names to get acquainted with. Reds fans were left asking who people like Zach Vincej were. For those wondering about it Vincej was recently claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners. This is coupled with the struggles of promising rising stars.

Amir Garrett’s season stands as an example of those struggles. He started off strong with a remarkable debut. Then weeks later he was sent to AAA Louisville and wasn’t quite the same since. Perhaps he’ll have a much better 2018 season on the mound. Also, perhaps the same could be said for the Reds overall in 2018.

 

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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