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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, May 18, 2007

Unusual early session

Looks like the Reds had a mandatory early workout. There was the usual extra hitting and the like. But this was no typical early session.

They took fielding practice. Bucky Dent hit fungos into the gaps and corners, outfielders ran them and hit the cut-off guy. You usually only see that kind of stuff in spring training.

After the club took infield -- again a regular season rarity -- Jerry Narron called them all in. He talked to them for about five minutes around the pitcher's mound. Bucky Dent also spoke, as did David Weathers.

Desperate times, desperate measures and all that.

We'll see how much good it did starting at 7:10.


at 12:35 PM Anonymous mikec said...

Why is taking infield a rarity? Is that a new development in MLB or are the Reds rare in doing that? Narron should make this team take infield and outfield everyday the way this team plays defense. Again, this is accountability. Narron talks a big game about playing fundamental baseball, but he doesn't DO anything to get his team to play fundamental baseball. That is short of benching Encarnacion when he didn't see where a pop-up went and didn't run it out. A real manager makes tough decisions and forces his players to do drills like today. And if they grumble or mope he benches them.

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