Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos said during an appearance on the Chris Rose Rotation podcast Friday that he didn’t call after the Cincinnati Reds decided to drop him out and explore free agency.
“Gestures like this are important (the reason why) we baseball players are playing with emotion,” Castellanos said. “I cared about the Reds. I cared about the city of Cincinnati. I cared about the fans who went there every day. And in return, you just want to make sure you’re taken care of, too. But that happens then.” When part of the business is. Really, like, loses. … Players can’t rationalize this because we didn’t come here to see the game as a business, we treat this game as our life were watching.”
When Rose said he felt bad for Reds fans, Castellanos agreed.
“So do I,” said Castellanos. “I feel the same way about Pittsburgh. Look, this isn’t anyone I’m talking about. It’s just me watching, and the history of baseball in Cincinnati is second to none. The names that went by There are, history in that franchise. … fans are dying to have something they really want to believe in again, to hold back, to be proud of, to call their own. Right now, that’s not happening, and it’s sad because as generations go by – and it doesn’t become that prevalent – that’s how you lose real fans. …
Castellanos entered this season on Sunday, hitting .321 in 59 plate appearances with three homers and seven RBIs.
Last week, Castellanos said in a feature on ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers that the Reds’ fan base is “suffocating” because of ownership.
“I’m not saying they’re bad guys. The system is bad,” Castellanos added to the ESPN article. “It’s a classic example of ownership using organizations as leverage. “When there are no consequences for… losing, you are not held accountable for your performance.”
Castellanos praised Phillies’ ownership in an interview last month, saying, “At the end of the day, baseball comes down to ownership. The owner either wants to invest and cares about winning or not. … So Philadelphia Must be pumped that that guy is behind the Phillies.”
The Reds received an additional 2022 draft pick after Castellanos agreed to a five-year, $100 million deal with the Phillies last month as Castellanos declined the club’s one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer in November.
Bobby Nightingale of The Enquirer wrote in March that Reds general manager Nick Kroll said Cincinnati was not in talks with Castellanos, the first Reds player to win the Silver Slugger Award since Jay Bruce in 2013.
Castellanos hit 309 with 34 home runs and 100 RBI in 2021. Asked if he would entertain an offer from the Reds, Castellanos said, “Of course I will. Why wouldn’t I? I think there are still a lot of valuable pieces. It’s great to win with.”
Reds president and COO Phil Castellini apologized after the Reds’ home opener last week pressed for an ownership change from fans.