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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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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Wilson released; Griffey on the move

The Reds released Paul Wilson today, possibly ending his career.

"I'm not sure what I'm going to do," Wilson said. "I don't know."

Wilson spent most of the last two years trying to come back from shoulder surgery. He was 1-0 with an 8.10 ERA this spring. He was not given the option of going to Triple-A with the Reds.

It's truly a sad day in the clubhouse when a guy as classy as Wilson gets released. He was great with the media -- win or lose -- a great teammate and a favorite of the clubhouse people and the training staff.

I said I was sorry it ended like this. "No worries," he said.

GRIFFEY UPDATE: Ken Griffey Jr. said this about the move to right field: "It's not a big deal. You're the only one making a big deal out of it."

Asked if he'd be able to get on the field for a game this week, he said: "We'll see."

I said I thought it was a pretty big deal when a 10-time Gold Glove center fielder was moved to a different position. You've got to commend him for not making a stink about it.

HOPPER HOPPING: Norris Hopper's heal is very sore. He hurt it running into the fence in Lakeland. His spikes got caught in the padding and he landed on the heal. He was in a protective boot. He's going to miss five to seven days. That probably means Chris Denorfia makes the club if they take a right-handed-hitting, extra outfielder.


at 9:43 AM Blogger JamesMaupin said...

It could probably be seen from miles away that Grif was gonna play this off as not a big deal. I can only hope now that he doesn't blow off the rest of his career like he did the move to right.

That's a shame about Wilson. He seemed like such a classy guy. But the club had to do what they had to do and there was just no role for him anymore.

John, any chance of other teams taking a chance on Wilson? I know he is old and VERY injury-prone, but being out of game action as long as he has, he had some glimpes of being able to pitch again. Maybe a minor league contract offered from another team would help him.

It's impossible to not play the game for years and then come back and be stellar.

...right Josh Hamilton?

at 10:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 10:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Griffey, for a man that took less money to play for his hometown. This is right on par for a class act.

at 10:37 AM Blogger Laura said...

Poor Paul.

And you mean his heel, lol.

at 11:07 AM Blogger Scott said...

With Griffey and Freel's injury history, the Reds had [i]better[/i] take an extra outfielder.

at 11:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad to see this happen to a guy like Wilson. I always liked him. It's too bad.

Thanks for you comment on Griffey. I'm sure that the Griffey haters will find a way to turn it around to make him sound like a jerk, but he isn't.

at 11:37 AM Anonymous A lot of Reds fans said...

Enough with the Griffey stuff, Fay! You are just looking like a jerk and you're actually pissing off a lot of Reds fans. Leave Griffey alone.

at 12:30 PM Blogger JoeShmoe said...

Paul Wilson is a classy guy, 'nuff said. Shame things ended as they did, but it is the right move. Depending on what he does with his career, I'd like to see him possibly sray with the organization in some capacity

at 12:49 PM Blogger DanH said...

The Reds and Griffey made this a story by not announcing it earlier what they already seemed to know. Now lets hope he gets in a couple games and is ready for the season opener. The Reds need a healthy Griffey and his bat in the lineup.

at 12:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we should commend you for not making a stink about it either I suppose ;)

at 2:45 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Let me start off by saying, I've got nothing against Griffey. He's been good to me for the most part. But when the team's highest-profile, Hall of Fame player is switching positions, it's a big deal. It was one of the top headlines on ESPN.com. I merely wanted to get his side of it this morning. And I promise I won't write about it until the next time I do.

at 8:46 PM Blogger Rick said...

John, I don't know how you can deal with that gargantuan pain in the ass... Honest to God...

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