ESPN's Passan: Cincinnati a 'good team' one year after 'tanking at its absolute ugliest'

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz is congratulated by teammates
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz is congratulated by teammates

About one year ago in May 2022, ESPN's Jeff Passan said after a 10-5 loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee dropped Cincinnati to a 3-22 record that the Reds' effort represented "tanking at its absolute ugliest."

When Passan appeared earlier on "The Pat McAfee Show," he said the Reds could be the team to beat in their division this season.

"The Reds are young. … They have good energy, man," Passan told McAfee. "This is a good team. They have a good vibe about them. … When you have a team like Cincinnati that has all of these good, young prospects, it reminds me a lot of the Baltimore Orioles. … Now they're one of the best teams in baseball because they rebuilt the right way. And the Cincinnati Reds have been going about it the same way. Last year, they were unwatchable at the beginning of the season. And now they look like the team to beat in the National League Central, maybe already this year."

On MLB Network's "MLB Central" Wednesday, analysts praised the Reds' 2023 start and young core:

"They might actually win the Central," Joel Sherman said. "But even if they don't, there's a difference between the losing season and a lost season, right?"

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This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: ESPN's Passan: Cincinnati is a good team one year after Reds tanked