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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, April 11, 2007

D-Backs 1-0; Encarnacion pulled

Edwin Encarnacion was taken out of the game in the middle of the second. He's not hurt. Manager's decision.

We'll find out exactly what the deal is after the game. But replays showed he did not run out his popup in the first.

Question: What happens if a veteran pull the same thing? Ken Griffey Jr. stood at the plate Sunday on the ball he hit off the wall.

Matt Belisle gave up a sac fly in the first. The Reds had runners at first and third and didn't cash in. Encarnacion popped to second and Josh Hamilton took a called third strike.

Micah Owings, the kid starting for the Arizona, gave up one hit in his first big league start (although that was against Washington). He was 16-2 with 3.33 ERA at AA and AAA last year.


at 10:38 PM Anonymous Joe - Cbus said...

I like the move by Narron to bench Edwin. It's early in the season and early in both of their respective careers. It might hurt tonight but will hopefully benefit the player and manager down the road.

at 10:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bottom line - a kid in Encarnacion's position (young and struggling to become a reliable starter) should be running everything out like he just came up from A ball. He's slumping, so he should really be busting it.

A guy in Griff's situation (HOFer with bad knees and hammies whose team desperately needs his bat in the lineup) should run balls out too, but if he doesn't sprint out every lazy fly ball, at least he has some good reasons.

Sometimes it really rubs me the wrong way when everyone is so quick to criticize Griff. Sure he's a little petulant sometimes, but he's also a world-class father and husband who has never done anything wrong off the field (that's gone public, and really, isn't that all that matters ;) He's a great role model for young players and kids in general. Considering the microscope he's lived under and the level of celebrity that he's attained (and had to deal with constantly) it's a pretty damn good accomplishment. Maybe we should cut him some slack if he doesn't want to be the best quote out there everyday. I don't know, I'm just saying.

Don't get me wrong John, I really enjoy your articles so keep up the good work. Just maybe quit harping on Junior's "lack of hustle"

at 11:04 PM Blogger John Fay said...

First time I've mentioned Griffey's lack of hustle on the blog. Did mentioned that he made a good decision and hustled to score on the sad fly to the second baseman the other night.

at 11:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK then, that's good. I was just making some points that I think some people don't consider often enough when thinking about Griff. Personally, I think the guy should get cut a little more slack from the local paper, but maybe I'm just terribly biased (probably).

at 11:32 PM Anonymous Roger said...

Gotta love Valentin coming off the bench.

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