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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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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Hopper scratched; odd explanation

Norris Hopper was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup. He was to bat ninth and play right. Junior Griffey, who was going to DH, played right. Javier Valentin DHed.

Announced reason: Manager's decision.

Jerry Narron said after the game that he made out a couple of different lineups and he wanted to get Valentin at-bats.

But Griffey siad he asked to play right. "It wouldn't be fair to the people of Seattle for me to DH."

Hopper said the same thing.



at 4:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats easy to know why Hopper isn't in the lineup. Narron's dart didn't hit Hopper's name. It has be the way he comes up with the daily lineups

at 5:33 PM Blogger Adam said...

Don't leave us hanging like that!! Do you think a possible trade?

at 5:41 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Don't think it's a trade. But it's odd. You never hear of a player being scratched for a "manager's decision." I don't see Hopper in the dugout, but I can't see the bench part of it. He was in the clubhouse before the game.

at 6:22 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Hopper is in the dugout, by the way.

at 8:31 PM Anonymous redifil said...

With how much Grif was touched by the reception he go Friday, I can see how he'd basically insist on playing the field every game in Seattle. The two home runs were storybook stuff. Then reality crashes home again. Despite Junior's homers and a good start (finally) by Arroyo, the Reds lose another because nobody else shows up. Sixteen runs in the first six innings of the series, three in the last 21. No many teams can do that. The Reds have a great shot at equalling or "worsering" the 1982 team's 101 loses - which will be an absolute disgrace. That was a rag-tag squad. This team has some talent. I don't know if that's more of an indictemnt of Narron or the players themselves. Probably both.

at 8:56 PM Blogger Pat said...

and on FSN Northwest, Griffey said he'd like to finish his career in Seattle.

at 9:29 PM Anonymous ADMS said...

Taken from the Associated Press and posted on ESPN.com:

CHICAGO -- White Sox general manager Ken Williams has seen enough poor play and decided it's time to make changes with his lethargic team.

Last week, Williams said he would hold off on making trades because there was a chance his underachieving club might show some life, and players who have struggled might pick it up once some injuries healed.

But after watching the White Sox score only two total runs in consecutive losses to the crosstown rival Chicago Cubs, Williams is ready to shake things up.

This is about as subtle of a hint that can be launched in the general direction of GABP.

Any predictions for 101 losses or we going to pull a Detroit Tigers-like party a few years back when they didn't set the record for most losses.

Enjoy Philadelphia. Their fans would have torn both the Vet and Citizens Bank Park to shreds by now.

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