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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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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Narron on Bailey

Homer Bailey was a big topic of conversation in the Reds clubhouse. Here's a bit of what was said:

From Jerry Narron:
“He’s put up very good numbers in Triple-A. He has a chance to come the major leagues. It’s nice to see somebody here who you think has earned his way here. He’s definitely done that with what he’s done in Triple-A, He’s a guy from our organization who has a chance to get ever better.”

Why now? “We need a fifth starter. Things worked out for him. You want to see guys be challenged. There’s no question about that. It’s definitely going to a challenge for him.”

On facing the Indians: “There are no easy assignments. There aren't any easy assignments. There aren't.”

What he’s improved most? “What I've heard is he’s throwing more quality strikes."

Are expectations too high? “I don’t know. I really don’t know what people expect. He has a chance to be a very good major league pitcher. There’ll be ups and downs.”

Is he here to stay? “I don’t think this is going to be a one start-and-out deal. I sure hope it’s not.”
From Todd Coffey, who just returned from Louisville: "I saw him twice. He was outstanding in the Charlotte. In Durham, he battled. He looks good."

Is he ready?
"That's tough to say. It's up to him. If he stays within himself, he'll be OK.

From Marcus McBeth, who also saw Bailey pitch for Louisville: "He's something to watch. He's fun to watch."

From Josh Hamilton saw Bailey pitched in his last outing: "He started a little slow in the first couple of innings. Then you can see the dugout, he was getting fired. When it got to be the third, fourth, fifth, he had lot more intensity. He was spotting it up well, keeping guys off balance. He looked good."

"Bring him up. Give him a chance. Why not?"


at 7:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice to see Home in the major leagues - wonder how his confidence will be when the bullpen fails him time and time again.

at 9:36 PM Anonymous Sedi said...


Not that I'm arguing the call to bring him up, but what was wrong with Livingston? He pitched well enough, I thought, to deserve a second shot.

at 9:50 PM Blogger John Fay said...

No one is going to say this, but I don't think the Reds were confident that Livingston could have another outing like the one in Colorado. That, coupled with the fact that the starts were eight days apart, led to the move. That said, he deserved another chance.

at 10:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why call McBeth up if you (Narron) are still going to run out Coffey and Stanton? They could have kept Livingston on till Friday.

JF: How much stock do you put in to Johnny Narron watching Homer's start when he was lights out against the light hitting Knights while he was w/ Josh?

Do you think if Homer blows up on Friday Krivsky has enough ammo to fire the Narron's?

How much will they baby Homer? Do you think it will be as much as it was in AAA?

at 11:14 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Johnny Narron didn't see Bailey lights out. He saw the 6-innings 4-run game. I don't think what Bailey does will have any effect on Narron's status. Even if he pushed for the move, it's Krivsky's call. I think they'll kee him around 100 to 105 pitches.

at 11:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Can you please ask Narron why he REFUSES to bring McBeth into a game?

IT DRIVES ME NUTS. He has no idea what the hell he is doing. AT ALL.

at 12:18 AM Blogger Scott in NC said...

Saw Homer pitch in Durham Saturday night. He was having a little trouble locating his off-speed pitches during the first few innings, so his pitch count was high.

His fast ball was consistently low-to-mid 90's with at least one at 97. The last couple of innings he mowed down the opposition - threw more fastballs and some very nice breaking balls. His 6th inning was his best - lights out - but by then he had thrown 103 pitches so that was his last inning.

It seemed like he was throwing more breaking balls early, maybe because he was supposed to be working on that more - but when he went more to the fastball and just used the breaking ball as an out pitch he looked very impressive.

Josh Hamilton hit a 400-foot HR to Center in that game as well.

at 12:53 AM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Another one thrown away by team Redsdiculous.

That makes 11 wins the bullpen and poor fielding/baserunning have converted to losses.

If the Reds radio team weren't so entertaining I wouldn't bother paying any more attention to these obviously distracted guys--my guess is most of them silently and secretly hope that Narron will be fired.

I see no reason to be silent about it. Running out of position players before the 9th inning is over just doesn't "happen." Every game is either marked by his incompetence or affected by his team's poor morale and poor morale starts with the skipper.

Nothing will help this team right now more than a new manager.

This season is gone, lost, forgetaboutit. All the more reason to give kids and a new manager 4 months of practice for 2008.

at 8:47 AM Anonymous jc said...

bobby valentine. please

at 3:04 PM Blogger Kenworld said...

Ron Oster please.

Power of Tradition.

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