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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, July 17, 2007

Keppinger at SS

Jeff Keppinger is starting at shortstop and hitting second tonight against the Braves. Pete Mackanin was asked what keeps a guy like Keppinger, 27, from breaking through. He's a career .320 hitter in the minors. He's hit .280 over 186 big league at-bats.

“Unless you you've got plus tools in a certain area – you're either a plus runner or have plus power or you’re a solid .300 hitter – you've got to prove yourself on a daily basis. You get a short period of time to prove yourself. If you’re not spectacular, you take a second seat to somebody else.”

"A guy like Keppinger needs to get a chance to play on semi-steady basis to show he's an every-day player.”

That's the baseball Catch 22: He'll probably not get enough playing time on a regular basis to prove that. He's very similar to Brandan Harris, the player the Reds got in the Washinton deal. Harris finally got a chance to play when the Reds traded him to Tampa Bay and he's thrived at the plate.

Alex Gonzalez probably will not join the Reds until the opener of the Florida series on Thursday. He remains on the bereavement list.


at 7:15 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

I believe keppinger is playing short FOR the Reds, not against. Sorry, John. Don't feel bad, I do the same thing to my wife and she still loves me!

at 7:26 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Fixed it. Thanks.

at 7:42 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Keppinger rules, A-Gon well, you know...

at 8:34 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

I like the way Mackanin explains things. It comes out sounding like the most obvious, common-sense stuff - but the last few guys in this job haven't been able to get those ideas across.

Either they were "communications-challenged," or their egos were such that they made everything more complicated than it needed to be.

at 11:46 PM Blogger Mike Grayson said...


By the way it is Brendan Harris; not Brandon Harris.

And he is having quite a year for Tampa Bay. See this article: http://tampabay.devilrays.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070716&content_id=2089304&vkey=news_tb&fext=.jsp&c_id=tb


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