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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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Thursday, May 24, 2007

More on Majewski

Jerry Narron was asked where he'll use Gary Majewski.

"Somewhere between the seventh and eighth inning," he said, "maybe the eighth and ninth."

So he won't be eased in?

"No, he's not going to be eased in," Narron said.

Majewski was very happy to be back in the big leagues. He thinks he's ready. He hadn't allowed a run in the his last 8 1/3 innings with Louisville, allowing only two hits and striking out 13.

"I was doing what I did back in the day: Grip it and rip it," he said. "Going after guys."

He understands he has to prove himself all over again.

"I talk all day about what used to be," he said. "Used to be is in the past. I've got to go about and put up zeros."

He was fine with possibility of facing his old club.

"It's just a weird coincidence," he said.


at 4:39 PM Blogger Scott said...

Heading down the the park in a couple hours for some non-bobblehead mania.

Hopefully get to see Majewski pitch like we thought he could when he came over.

at 5:33 PM Blogger docproc said...

This is good. Like his attitude. He indeed has something to prove, unlike some of the current players who seem to think that it doesn't matter how they perform.

at 6:16 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Majewski, great attitude, highly suspect talent.

I hope he can transform that positive attitude and energy into results but I doubt that will happen.

The Reds should fire Narron because once they're 20 or 30 games under .500 they're just going to fire him anyway (when this browned season is toast) but then the new guy's task will be needlessly more difficult.

There's still time. Fire him now, let's have a new guy come in and get the Reds off the daily jumble (lineup) and on the winning path with sound decisions, top to bottom.

One of the dumbest things I've heard this season was last night, Marty's guest (a certain local sports blogger he calls The Consigliari) said that Gonzalez makes more errors because he "gets to more balls."

On the errors he made this season, every single major league shortstop, and every single minor league shortstop, would have "gotten to the ball."

I'm sorry but balls that are extremely hard to get to, that only the best shortstops get to--when they don't make the play, it's usually scored a hit. Players are not usually penalized when they fall short of making a very difficult play. At least in the 4,000 major league games I've watched, I've never seen more than the odd bad decision by an official scorer to give an error on a nearly impossible play.

That same guy said fielding percentage is highly over-rated (after he said it didn't matter at all). Say what? Those gold gloves they hand out are serious fluff? A .999 fielding percentage means little more than an .899? Uh, I'm getting more than a little fatigued of Cincy sportswriters who don't know what they're talking about.

It's sad when even the little unexpected things go wrong (like our SS's sloppy fielding and our sportswriters prattling on innanely) in a season where the wheels fell off largely because Dunn has no plate discipline and can't shed his bad habits, Encarny started slow, the 1st and 8th innings have been mailed in by our pitchers, Ross until the last 10 games needed a seeing-eye-dog to make contact (not a bat, he needed to swing a dog and even then there's some doubt he'd hit the ball), and nightly pick offs and doubled-off bases and half-hearted running to first base reflect a lack of concentration and a lack of good managing and a lack of good attitude.

Hire Barry Larkin tonight! He'd be a great manager. And he'd make a great fan attraction, provided on his first game back in red and white the Reds aren't 25-60! (Even then, I'd go).

at 7:55 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

Fielding pct. is all but useless.

Gold gloves are more so. They go to guys with recognizable names, decent hitting stats, and most importantly, other gold gloves on the shelf already.

at 9:09 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Fielding pct. is all but useless? So getting a weak-hitting slow SS was done for his personality?

I know Gonzi has gone on a HR tear early this season but he's not a power hitter, not a big RBI guy, not going to hit .300, and all but useless on the basepaths.

His fielding percentage is all but useless this year to the Reds, though, you got that right!

at 9:25 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Gonzi hits a HR tonight, let the abuse flow! Sorry but he's not even a .250 career hitter, and we all know how baseball over the entire season is a great "leveler" (statistically speaking) so my point is the Reds claimed to have picked up Gonzalez for his fielding prowess and he has failed to deliver fielding prowess so far. But Gonzi is hardly the problem, he's actually having his best year (aside from average) power-wise...so far!

at 9:28 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Justin: Post something about someone or something you like. Doesn't have to be Reds. Just give us a little sunshine among all the clouds.

at 9:00 AM Anonymous mikec said...

I know you're asking Justin, but perhaps this helps:

I like the future of this club. As bad as they are now next season they could be better. I still trust in Krivsky (maybe I'm the only one). And next year we get the horrid Milton contract off the books. That's $10 million to play with. Trade the veterans this year at the trade deadline. Get some decent young players for Hatteberg, Conine, Weathers, Castro and if anyone will take them Stanton, Milton and Lohse. And deal Dunn. Get something decent for him and clear his contract off the books.

Then you have a good young nucleus and $20 million to play with -- without increasing payroll.

I like the thought of a rotation that has Arroyo, Harang, Belisle and Bailey. The fifth spot? You've got Elizardo Ramirez (how is he doing by the way John?), Dumatrait, Saarloos and Livingston competing for that.

The pen you've got Bray, Majewski, Burton, Salmon and McBeth to start with. Not too shabby. Throw in Coffey and sign a veteran (not one that is older than 35, we've seen how that works out).

Then you have a good young nucleus with Phillips, Votto and Hamilton. You've got Ross and Gonzo who are good defensively. And you've got Freel. And frankly, I like the way Hopper plays. He's a good fourth outfielder.

You try to get an RBI guy (not a pure power hitter like Dunn) a closer or maybe another starter with your $20 million and you're set.

at 9:18 AM Blogger J Shelley said...

I've been a Red's fan since the early 70's and I haven't seen a move so undeserving in all that time. You guy's sent Todd Coffey back to the minors for what reason. The whole bullpen has struggled and Todd's not worst of them. Pitchers like Todd don't happen along very often and he will make someones bullpen smile. He's one of the few I know who still plays for the love of the game and not the love of the money. He has given allot to the community in the short time he's been with the Red's. The thing that stands out the most about Todd is his exuberance out of the bullpen and on to mound, and will give 110% every pitch, every inning. Not only is he an excellent player for the Red's, but a good PR person. I know it's a tough job but I would have to rethink this one.
Well I will be in Charlotte next week to see Todd pitch against the Knight's.

So long and good luck
John Shelley
Someone needs to send those announcers back down to the minors

at 10:54 AM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Darn, John, I missed your invite to post something "sunny" until just now.

Hey, China is a beautiful country, and all those nuclear missiles they have on their new subs that can reach Great American, well they haven't fired any yet. So that's a nice happy thought, right?

Either the Chinese or Bob Castellini needs to put Reds fans out of their misery!

Sunny enough for ya?

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