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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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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Sports Rockin' and Williamson

I did Channel 5's Sports Rock tonight. I'm the gray-haired guy sitting next to George Vogel. I uttered the phrase "I agree with Wild Man," at one point. Watching yourself on TV is frightening. Scott Williamson was on the show after our segment. His wife said Scott's agent has talked with the Reds. Williamson is healthy and ready to pitch.


at 11:39 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

Nothing against Williamson but I don't think that signing him will necessarily benefit this team. I think the roster spot would be better spent on a young developing arm. Why not just bring up Livingston to start and move Belisle to the bullpen or bring up Cuento to do some bullpen work. He's looked good and why not skip AAA and bring him on up to see what he can do. He wouldn't be starting so there would not be as much concern for pitch counts with him this way.

John, If things stay pretty much the way the are now, who do you see getting the late season call ups for the Reds? I know this is a big if as things will most likely be changing quite a bit but I was curious.

at 12:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If hes healthy he would be worth looking into. Maybe a 1 year deal to see what he can do for the rest of the season.

at 7:59 AM Blogger Jeff Gentil said...

Don't they already have Scott Williamson on the roster? His name is Jared Burton. Neither of them like to throw a lot of strikes. Let Williamson go to someone else. PLEASE!!!!!

And, John, if you agree with Dennis Walker on anything, you need help!!!

at 9:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing against our young arms, but they would be better served spending time down in AAA working on what they have learned in the Big Leagues and getting some confidence back. At Williamson you have the entertainment value of when he walks the bases laoded and then proceeds to strike the side out. Does he still have that nasty split finger fastball? Can he still throw hard?

With a bullpen of him, Eddie, Bray, Stormy, and Stanton at least we wouldn't have to listen/watch Coffey in the eighth this year (in a close game). Talk about a guy who went backwards. Send Coffey to AAA and have him compete for a spot in the spring.


at 10:30 AM Blogger RickNMd said...

If Scott Williamson is so healthy, why did the Orioles, who's bullpen has been terrible, let him go?

Because they never know when he's going to be available because of his health.

I despise everything about Scott Williamson's game. Remember 1999!!!!

at 12:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody is looking for pitching and nobody seems to be knocking down Williamson's door.
Not for the future of the Reds. Arm problems...can't throw strikes consistantly...too much effort to make each pitch...forget it.

at 1:07 PM Blogger Andy Kuhn said...

the major leagues isn't a place to develop pitching.

The Reds made the mistake of doing that repeatedly under Bowden and OBrien.

Learn from the Ryan Wagner debacle, and let Cueto refine his craft in the minors.

As for Williamson, a right hander in the set up role would be huge for the reds. But he has to prove he can throw strikes. If you can get him on the cheap, do it.

at 1:32 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Williamson is still in the 10-day period where the Orioles can trade him. If they don't trade him and release him, I think he'll land some where quickly. He hasn't been good the last couple of years. But anyone with 3.36 career ERA who's allowed 326 hits, 244 walks and struck out 510 in 439 innings has good stuff.

at 1:37 PM Blogger Eric said...

Scott Williamson is definitely worth a look. he may not be a help but you never know until you take a look. One thing, he is experienced and that will be invaluable to the young Reds arms.

John, will the Reds make a trade? Will it be Adam Dunn? The way they finished up before the break, i don't think a fire sale is in order, do you?

at 2:29 PM Blogger RickNMd said...

So you're saying 570 baserunners in 439 innings for a reliever is good stuff? Not to mention 14 HBPs (so make that 584 baserunners) 72 wild pitches, 56 stolen bases in 69 attempts and one-third of inherited runners to score?

Yaw-suh, I call it kerosene.

at 2:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thoughts on the future. Has anyone realized how lefthanded the Reds are going to be in the future with Hamilton, Votto & Bruce.

Also, Stubbs is struggling in Low A and is 23 yrs old. Is anyone else concerned - Linceum would be nice in the rotation now.

at 3:46 PM Blogger omnired said...

244 walks in 439 innings.
His ERA is almost entirely weighted from his good years 1999-2002. 2002! It's been 5 years. I say the 2nd half of the season is spent figuring out who amongst Coffey, Salmon, McBeth, etc can help this team in 2008.

at 11:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why didn't they trade for Scott Williamson yet? What are they waiting for?? And yes he still has his nasty split finger, I saw for myself. Hurry up and get him before someone else does...

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