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Jay Bruce’s return to Cincinnati was another reminder of what could have been

Just because we knew by the second week in May that Bruce would be traded to a CCINOLHP (Contending Club In Search Of Left-Handed Power) doesn’t make it any easier when the longtime Redleg is actually dealt; nor does it make it any easier when he returns to patrol right field in Great American Ballpark wearing another team’s colors.

There’s always next year: A case for the 2017 Cincinnati Reds

Like mad scientists blending hazardous chemicals, the mix concocted by this Reds brain trust was a combustible blend that very nearly exploded in historic fashion, but appears now to be a super juice that has Joey Votto batting nearly .450 since the All-Star break, Brandon Phillips poised to post his best offensive numbers in about five years and a pitching staff that now at least on borders on respectable.