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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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Friday, July 20, 2007

No Griffey

Ken Griffey Jr. was not in the lineup Friday night against the Florida Marlins. This is going to be a regular thing under Pete Mackanin. Griffey also had an off day Sunday.

“We had a discussion with Griff, (trainer) Mark Mann and I,” Mackanin said. “We all agreed that from here on down we’re going to pick spots for him to take a day off. He’s not getting any younger. I think he’s going to remain productive. But we’ve got to make sure he doesn't tire out.”

And Griffey?

"The manager's office is like Vegas: What goes on in there, stays in there."

But what does he think of getting regular?

"I'm employee No. 3. I don't waiver on that."

Griffey, it sshould be noted, was smiling when he said that.

I think it's a good plan. The guys hasn't played more than a handful of games in September since 2001. If it helps keep him healthy, it's a great idea.


at 6:09 PM Anonymous Joe said...

This is beside the subject of Griffey having days off, but last night the news in West Palm Beach, Florida, mentioned that Vero Beach and Indian River County are excited that the Reds might be coming there for spring training starting in 2009 when the Dodgers move to Arizona, since things do not seem to be working out in Sarasota. Do you know anything about this?

at 6:30 PM Blogger John Fay said...

It sounds like the deal will go a vote. The Reds still want to stay in Sarasota. Nothing against Vero or anywhere else, but, for my money, Sarasota is the best place to train in Florida.

at 8:30 PM Anonymous mikec said...

As someone who lives 30 miles from Vero Beach, I'd love to see that move happen.

at 9:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John - Griffey basically no comments and says manager office discussions are like Vegas - but then his manager is an open book about their discussion, and even goes so far to say "he's not getting any younger". Do you think Griffey or any player or any other player would feel betrayed by his manager in a situation like this?

at 10:22 PM Blogger John Fay said...

In this case, no. If something more sensative was said, yes.

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