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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

11 pitchers?

Jerry Narron was talking about players with the versatility on the roster when he dropped this: "We might go with 11 pitchers instead of 12. When you all write that, there's going to be some nervous pitchers in (the clubhouse)." Nervous, indeed. But the when you factor in the Josh Hamilton factor, it could happen. The other thing that makes it plausible is Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo are pretty much good for at least six innings every time out.

Stay tuned.

It's picture day at the Ed. Fifty-six of the 57 Reds in camp have made the trip through the gamut of photographers. The shooters for the baseball cards companies are still awaiting the 57th, Ken Griffey Jr.

Thanks to photog Jeff Swinger, I may have heard "Dude Looks Like A Lady" for the last time this spring. He told me that little outlet on my car stereo is for plugging in an iPod. Let's just say I'm less than techno savvy. But a $5.88 cord from Radio Shack turned the might Monte Carlo into a rockin' machine. The problems is my left rear tire is leaking air. I'm going to probably have to exchange it at the rental place. (Did you that most gas stations charge 75 cents for air these days?) Hopefully, the new wheels have the same outlet. My luck with spring training cars in spotty. One year, I went through three.


at 9:47 AM Blogger OchoCinco said...

I'm just a poor ol college student at Ohio University, but back in Springdale (just outside Cincinnati) most of the gas stations have this sneaky little sticker that says the air is free if you go ask the attendant. I've noticed this at all UDF's and a few BP's so check that out.

But isn't it sad that air costs money now? It's almost as ridiculous as MLB trying to "own" the statistics to make a little dough off of fantasy baseball.

Oh well, only 38 days until Opening Day!

at 9:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 pitchers? I think it may come down to whether Narron wants 3 catchers or 12 pitchers. Personally, I'd rather have that 12th arm.

If Josh Hamilton impresses I think there's definitely room for him.

at 10:12 AM Blogger JamesMaupin said...

Go inside the gas station and ask for air. I recently found that most of the time, 75 cents is a scam. there should be a button on the side of the air pump that can be activated from the inside of the station to give you free air.

It sounds ridiculous, but it took me about $10 in quarters to realize it!

at 12:51 PM Anonymous Scott said...

I need the Reds on the radio ASAP!!

at 1:16 PM Blogger John Fay said...

It's less than a week until the spring opener, which is Thursday vs. Pittsburgh in Bradenton. Marty and Thom Brennaman will call that one on WLW. My guess is there's a good chance that all the games will be on reds.com. The Bad Boy, Steve Stewart, is down here and working for the club. It would also give Jeff Brantley a chance to some play-by-play experience.

at 3:01 PM Blogger RES said...

I recall reading that Josh Hamilton could pitch, along with everything else, so maybe he's going to be the 12th pitcher, used in mop-up situations?

at 7:23 PM Blogger BubbaFan said...

They did say Hamilton could still throw the ball at 96 mph.

BTW, I love the photos of Freel fishing today. What was he using? I assume it was live bait, from the look on Bubba Crosby's face! :-D

Not sure I like the picture day photos. They're sort of underlit, which always people look evil. Though maybe that was the intent.

at 8:38 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

John or anyone,

Reds.com doesn't have the uniform numbers for Saarloos and a few non-roster guys. Would you tell me what number these guys are?

at 8:41 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

John or anyone,

Reds.com doesn't have the uniform numbers for Saarloos and a few non-roster guys. Would you let me know what they are and wake up whoever edits Reds.com?

at 8:47 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

John or anyone,

Reds.com doesn't have posted the uniform numbers for a few plays, such as Saarloos and some non-roster guys. Would you help me out on this and wake up the editor for Reds.com?

at 7:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 pitchers?.when you have a pitching staff,that can only go 3 1/3 innings a game.that's more of a problem than the number of pitchers.I love the REDS.but.they have had, horrible pitching coaches over the years.they have ruined great reds pitching.

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