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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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Monday, March 19, 2007

Griffey update . . . for real

Jerry Narron said the hope now is that Ken Griffey Jr. will play some time this week. When he does play, it will be in right field.

Griffey basically missed the chance to play in center because he was hurt.

"We would have like to get Junior out there in center," Narron said. "But we're running out of games. We need to get our lineup out there with Ryan Freel in center. I think that gives us the best defense up the middle.

"That's the deciscion I made. It's a decision I didn't take lightly. I talked to other people around baseball."

Narron danced around the right vs. center question before the game. But answered the question after the Reds' 6-3 loss to Detroit.

There was a report on foxsports.com on the right-center thing. Griffey's people have been saying similar things since the Winter Meetings -- that Griffey was willing to make the move, but he would be more willing if the Reds obtained an established center fielder.


I thought there was a chance today would be the day Griffey would play. The Reds are playing in Lakeland, which is 50 miles west of Griffey's offseason home.

Let me ask you this: Are you as tired of reading about Griffey's return as I am of writing about it? I waited a couple of days to ask Narron. It's a legitimate issue, but it's gone on way too long -- for whatever reason.


14 Comments:

at 1:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes John, I'm tired of reading about it. Been tired of it.

-ScottyJ, Chas., WV

 
at 2:23 PM Blogger baundy said...

Definitly tired of reading about it. I wish they would just make their decision and announce it so that everyone can move on and get ready for the season.

As for getting an "established centerfielder," I know that Hamilton has been burning it up this spring, but he is hardly "established." However, this should not deter Griffey from moving to rightfield. With a utility man such as Freel on the team, Griffey can move to rightfield and centerfield can be patrolled by Freel/Hamilton until Hamilton gets comfortable enough to cover the space each game on his own, and Freel can move back into a utility position helping out wherever he is needed.

 
at 2:30 PM Anonymous Scott in Cincy said...

Concurred, tired of hearing about it as well..I think it safe to say that Griffey will end up wherever Griffey wants to play.....

 
at 2:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I certainly am tired of hearing about Griffey's return (or lack thereof). It's not that I don't want him to return, I'm just tired of the speculation. Once a definitive date is set, then I will gladly read about his return. There are certainly other things on the team that can be discussed (Dunn's apparent improvement with the bat, Hamilton's progress, the pitching situation-though the last is a bit tiresome as well!).

 
at 2:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I certainly am tired of hearing about Griffey's return (or lack thereof). It's not that I don't want him to return, I'm just tired of the speculation. Once a definitive date is set, then I will gladly read about his return. There are certainly other things on the team that can be discussed (Dunn's apparent improvement with the bat, Hamilton's progress, the pitching situation-though the last is a bit tiresome as well!).

 
at 2:58 PM Blogger Brad said...

John,

Maybe if you stop writing about it, everyone else will do the same.....

 
at 4:12 PM Anonymous James said...

I think it's not much of a story, honestly. The Reds seem to have decided to deal with Griffey's switch to RF internally, in deference to how Griffey probably wants it, rather than letting it play out in public. I'm not sure why that is a big deal.

 
at 4:24 PM Blogger Redsbacker said...

John,
Wayne Krivsky was quoted earlier in spring training that Griffey knows his body better than anyone and he (Griff) would let them know when he's ready to play.

If he know's his body so well, how come he's been day to day for all of spring training?? How come he was day to day all of September??

That's what's getting old for me- the great unknown- I'd read about Griffey all day as long as it was something definative.

 
at 4:42 PM Blogger idaho reds fan said...

Everyone knew Jr. wasn't going to play in the outfield in September. Have you ever dislocated a toe? With that said, there was no reason to DL him, rosters expanded, and given the right circumstances, he could (and did) pinch hit. They wanted the threat of his bat.

A hand/wrist injury is equally difficult to overcome. Anyone that thinks Jr doesnt want to play is delusional. He's freakin hurt, and asking 20 times (John) when he is going to play is redundantly inane. How many ways can it be said ... when he feels like it is ready, he will tell us. Don't ask when, ask if. All you, or any other reporter has to do is ask ... is Jr. going to play today. Simple, direct, to the point, no bias, no anomosity. If the answer is yes ..... write about it. If the answer is no ... its not news worthy. There are 100 better stories, real reporters would write about those.

 
at 5:11 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Now we can get on with the season and other Reds topics. John, how do you think the bullpen shakes out? Hermanson & Burton have both looked good. Majewski to DL and rehab assignment. Also the crowded OF reserve spots. Denorfia has started to get hot and being right handed I believe gives him the inside track to stick. Any trade rumors going around the press box/ anybody being scouted by other teams?

 
at 6:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John I love your work and read your articles and updates religiously. That being said, I completely agree with idaho reds fan on this one. Grif wants to play, but he's still hurting. There's no conspiracy here. Grif is a team guy at this stage in his career. Let's leave him alone until he tells us he is ready to play.

 
at 6:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we were tired about it you wouldn't right about it. Everyone on here who says they are tired of it is lying, trying to be to cool for school. It is news John, this is Ken Griffy Jr, we are talking about, not some average player. When Griffy is Griffy he makes everybody around him better and the reds are better. When is is ready to play he will play, until then keep the updates coming.


Jeff in Florida

 
at 9:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Griffey should be given his unconditional release. He has been a cancer to the Reds, MLB and himself. The "injuries" that manifest themselves in the offseason or in August that relieve this pariah of his responsibility to the team must be addressed. What message is being sent to the rest of the team? The decision needs to be made and made now. At some point his dad would agree, begone devil child, begone.

 
at 8:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Post annon. 8:45, now i know why i and others cant stand the game of baseball. i get so sick and tired of the good old boys of baseball and their racial double standard. i seen the same thing happen to eric davis and barry larkin. it's amazing that you would label Griffey jr. "the devil child" but fans like yourself will scream your lungs out for a guy like DRUG ADDICT Josh hamilton or TWO TIME DUI ryan Freel. When has Griffey jr. ever been ARRESTED for ANYTHING. The hell with REDS baseball, you can have it!!!!

 
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