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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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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Reds 6, Giants 3

This was a big win for one Pete Mackanin. For him to have any chance at the permanent job, he's got to get things turned around quickly, very quickly. My guess is Reds would have to come in at .500 for the season for him to be brought back.

That may be impossible for this club to do, but stranger things have happened.

Getting series win, after the six series drought, was a start.

Does it mean things are starting to turn around?

David Weathers: “It's hard to say. There’s a little bit different feel in here. Everyone feels the pressure and burden of the manager getting fired. We don't want to go through that again.”


Bronson Arroyo: “It’s big us. I think obviously having a manager every one wants to off on right foot. We’re at the bottom of the barrel. But attitudes can change quick.”

Mackanin: “This is a great momentum builder for us. Hopefully, we can carry this over to the next series. That's how you build momentum. You get that winning feeling again.”

Mackanin knows that the lineup and pitching changes are important. But the big thing he must repair is the mindset.

“What I need to bring to this team is a new personality,” Mackanin said, “something to get us going. Jerry Narron was a real good manager. He knew how to run the game. . . Changing the atmosphere, the attitude is what I’m going to add. I’m no Casey Stengel, but, hopefully, I can add a little inspiration.”


11 Comments:

at 11:23 PM Anonymous jc said...

john,
is it valentine or macha that you have heard is on theradar.

 
at 1:33 AM Anonymous Red Faced said...

I'd say things are looking up but I thought the same thing after the Indian's series and look how we followed it up.

We obviously have nothing but the future to be playing for now as the Reds are not going anywhere this year but back home come playoff time. Let's stop wasting our time on the washed up bullpen guys who are not going to be with the team next year and bring up more youth. I wouldn't mind seeing the Reds bring up another starter and sliding Belisle or someone back into the bullpen. If we were to bring up Livingston (again) or Dumatrait and use in a starting role then it could prove to be a move that helps strengthen both the rotation and the bullpen. Goodness sakes, let's see what these guys can do.

 
at 1:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would Jeff Koppinger be of more value than Castro? He hits a lot more singles. Is his defense suspect? How do you not call up a .370 hitter?

 
at 6:04 AM Blogger Redsheart said...

Nice Win!!!!!! I enjoyed today's game! I don't think they should stop playing hard in this year. It's worth watching the game when they play well. I like Mackanin so far. I'm looking forward to watching next series.

 
at 11:46 AM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

Macknin should get the job if for no other reason than the quote quota. Guy is awesome.

Keppinger has a glove like an iron flying pan. Just like Brandon Harris.

Macha? You understand he's one of the most hated managers in the clubhouse in recent history. Flat out mutiny against him two years in a row in Oakland. They won because of talent, not the manager.

 
at 12:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want McCracken back. I'm tired of the constant no-name, no experience managers.

 
at 2:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hatteberg said Dunn is doing everything he can to improve. Is it not true Dunn could look for an outside pitch on first pitches, hit them to left instead of taking them? He did this one game last year and went 4 for 5, but went back to his take habit. Home runs aren't everything. Ask Pete Rose who hit approximately 75% of his hits to left. Come on Dunn settle for 35 homers and lead the league in hitting.

 
at 2:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hatteberg said Dunn is doing everything he can to improve. Is it not true Dunn could look for an outside pitch on first pitches, hit them to left instead of taking them? He did this one game last year and went 4 for 5, but went back to his take habit. Home runs aren't everything. Ask Pete Rose who hit approximately 75% of his hits to left. Come on Dunn settle for 35 homers and lead the league in hitting.

 
at 2:38 PM Blogger John Fay said...

A lot of fans seem to prefer a single to left than a home run to right. By that logic, Rod Carew is more valuable than Barry Bonds.

 
at 3:17 PM Blogger tpteach said...

"A lot of fans seem to prefer a single to left than a home run to right. By that logic, Rod Carew is more valuable than Barry Bonds."

Not the right comparison. Bonds also hit for average during his best power years - something we'd all love to see Dunn do. The better comparison is Rod Carew and Dave Kingman. Now who would you rather have on your team? Yup, Mr. Carew. Less round trippers to right and more singles to left means more value to the team.

Remember, Dunn the last few years hit a TON of solo shots and for a long stretch couldn't even hit a sac fly. Consistent production over occassional power.

 
at 3:32 PM Blogger John Fay said...

The stat in vogue these days is OPS, on-base plus slugging. Dunn's was .883 going into this year. Kingman's was .791. Going into this year, Dunn's on-base was .377. Higher than Rose's (.375). Kingman's was .302.

 
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