Since the Reds announced Scott Rolen’s extension through 2012, we heard a couple of TV and radio people subtly voice skepticism and point out that he’s 34 and injury-prone. But none of it was coming from anyone we have much respect for … same sarcastic folks who tend to criticize everything the Reds do.
It did grab our attention, however, when former Reds general manager Jim Bowden, who has been co-hosting “Baseball This Morning” on SIRIUS XM Radio’s MLB Home Plate channel, questioned the deal because of Rolen’s advancing age, history of injuries and declining power.
“It’s very disappointing to me committing that amount of money without knowing that Scott Rolen can bounce back,” Bowden said.
If it’s any consolation, Jim’s not afraid to take shots at the Nationals either.
Dan Steinberg pointed out on his D.C. Sports Bog that Bowden ripped the Nats for the Ivan Rodriguez deal earlier this month.
“Following in the footsteps of Paul LoDuca and Dmitri Young, another bad [signing] by the Nationals,” Bowden said, as the world’s irony scale exploded. “This time by a new GM, at least,” he said, as [co-host Steve] Davis laughed.