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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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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Lineup, no Bonds

Barry Bonds is not in the lineup for the Giants.

The Reds is as follows:
Hatteberg 1b
Phillips 2b
Griffey rf
Dunn lf
Encarnacion 3b
Hamilton cf
Valentin c
Castro ss
Belisle p

One of the things Pete Mackanin said he is going to try to do is catch Javy Valentin more.

"He'll get better defensively," Mackanin said. "He's no Johnny Bench, but his bat is a valuable asset."


9 Comments:

at 12:18 PM Anonymous tarp7 said...

I'm glad to see Mackanin has given more thought to Valentin. As he said, he does hit well (better than Ross has thus far this year) and his defense cannot be bad enough to keep him from getting more starts. I've thought this for quite a long time, but who am I? The biggest reason I thought may have kept Javy on the bench as he has is that Ross possibly handles certain pitchers on a more personal basis.

 
at 12:25 PM Blogger Dan H said...

What,no Conine today!!Everyone should be happy even my mother!

 
at 12:31 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

Is Gonzalez not playing because his legs are sore? He didn't run hard on the double etc....

 
at 12:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Valentine catching? His defense is terrible. Against a RHP we have a good lefty line up so there really is not a need for his offense. We need Ross' defense.

 
at 12:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's dump Dunn for whatever pitching we can get and start thinking about next year. Putting Valentin at catcher won't make our bullpen any better....

How about this guy as a replacement for Freel and his .250 avg.:
http://www.yakult-swallows.co.jp/players/23_aoki.html
Aoki is 25 years old with his best years ahead of him. Hasn't hit under 300 in his career and stole 41 bases last year. He's got speed and bats for average.

His speed in Center with Hamilton in Left and a resurgent Griffey in Right would be nice. The added revenue from the Japanese audience would be nice as well.

Just dreamin'....but dreams are all us Reds fans have right now... While I'm at it, Girardi as manager would be nice as well.

 
at 12:45 PM Blogger john said...

I would be interested in your comments on what a reporter observes in the pre and post locker room that may be factors in how a team portrays itself on the field. In St.Louis for example no reporter every mentioned the amount of alcohol consumed in the locker room and on the road or that a player might be an alcholic. Now we read from other sites that the current Reds don't exhibit a pregame locker room atmosphere that is observed in winning teams preparation. Thus my questions.

 
at 1:01 PM Blogger Dano said...

Hatteberg leading off,Castro gets a start...Some things just don't change. Oh well I'm not watching.

 
at 1:10 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I would be careful about drawing conclusions about what goes on before or after a game in a clubhouse. Different guys prepare different ways. A lot of it is finding what works for you.

I'm out of the clubhouse pretty quickly after the game becuase of deadline. The players are as well.

 
at 1:35 PM Anonymous Frank said...

Does Mackannin have a nickname? Watching him on the pregame, he reminds me of Ted Danson. In "Cheers" he was "Mayday Malone." With the Reds pen and the similarity in looks, how about tagging Mackannin with the "Mayday" moniker?

 
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