Jim Hendry had the following to say about the Cubs success last year:

“A big key to us getting back on track last year was we had a manager who played the people who came up right away, which is very important. … Lou [Piniella] plugged them right in the first two or three days and got the most out of them. So you don’t have to have all these high-profile, superstar prospects. The guys who filled in the cracks last year really helped us win the division as much as the star players.”

Ouch, we’ll have to see if Dusty responds. That being said, I wonder how he’ll use the Reds top prospects (i.e. Joey Votto and Homer Bailey)

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail