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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, August 29, 2007

Minor matters

From Jamie Ramsey:

Louisville beats Toledo…Luis Bolivar with a big offensive night…Mark Bellhorn homers …Chattanooga loses at Tennessee…Jose Castro with 4 hits…Danny Dorn with 3 hits (1hr)…Rick Asadoorian wrapping up a successful first season as a hurler…Drew Anderson extends his hitting streak…Johnny Cueto on the mound tonight for the Lookies…SaraReds were off (Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day)…Dayton falls to Lansing…Justin Turner with 3 hits (and a promotion today to Sarasota)…Drew Stubbs and Juan Francisco both homer…Billings pounds Helena…Jeremy Horst solid in relief…Brandon Waring extends his heavy-loaded hitting streak…The GCL Reds are enjoying the offseason.

International League: 1b Joey Votto (IL Rookie of the Year) and IF Aaron Herr (IL Utility Player of the Year)
Midwest League: IF Chris Valaika, IF Justin Turner and IF Juan Francisco

LHP Ben Jukich, LHP Tyler Pelland, RHP Josh Roenicke, LHP Pedro Viola, C Craig Tatum, IF Adam Rosales and OF Chris Dickerson will suit up for the Surprise Rafters in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, beginning October 9. For more information on the AFL, visit www.mlbfallball.com


at 2:49 PM Blogger daniel said...

John, I've heard both Mr. Krivsky and Jeff Brantley make veiled remarks to the tune of "There's more to being a big leaguer than hitting, you have to be able to field your position" when referencing Joey Votto. Are the Reds really that low on this kid's defense? Just how bad is he as an OF/1B?

More and more it doesn't sound like people in the Reds organization - and specifically Mr. Krivsky - are such big fans of Votto's. Can it be that he's not going to be a big part of next year's plan?

at 2:56 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

As a carry-over from the prior thread about 2008, the big league club simply cannot say to hell with Chattanooga and Louisville as they fight for the playoffs in order to placate the insatiable desire to see Votto, Bruce, Cueto, etc., for an week or so in September.

The big league club owes it to the players and coaches, the ownerships and the cities of the Chattanooga and Louisville teams to supply the best opportunity to get into the playoffs and advance.

If the Reds were in deep contention, or there is an injury, everyone understands a needy call-up.

But players still play to win and the playoffs is important to them; the fan base of those cities support those teams and deserve the postseason reward of possibly winning a championship; and the ownerships have a deep financial investment in the teams, so they deserve the playoff gates.

Now, if those teams don't make the playoffs, call up those boys. But until those teams' season is over, there's no special rush or need for them to be in Cincinnati just so some goo-goo-eyers can be pacified.

They'll arrive soon enough. A week or two ain't making or breaking their careers, or any long-range plans of the big-league club.

at 3:02 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Action speak louder than words, to coin a phrase. Leaving him at Triple-A says a lot about what they think of him.

at 3:03 PM Blogger Kelly said...

Arizona Fall league, I was traveling and did not get a chance to reply back to the replies that said the fall league was not for top prospects, etc....what are you talking about, let's look at alumni:

Jackson, Conor
Gwynn...many of you ninkumpoops wanted to trade Dunn for him
Miller, Adam
Anderson, Garret
Arroyo, Bronson
Atkins, Garrett
Chavez, Eric
Wood, Brandon
Crawford, Carl
Drew, Stephen
Estrada, Johnny
Hamilton, Josh(anyone heard of him, wasn't he a 1st over all pick/)
Pujols, not sure who that is?

Anyway, you get my point, many of you are asking what can they do, well let's see, here is a great place for it......compete against the best to be the best.....

at 3:06 PM Blogger Mark said...


Wouldn't you agree that Josh Hamilton, (left handed) could hit better LEFT HANDED, right handed, back handed, and front handed better than Jason Ellison can against Tom Gorzelanny?

Since he has returned from the DL, he has torn it up and I'd rather have him batting blind-folded than Jason Ellison.

I would still be upset if we were 10 games ahead of the Cubs and Pete did that. But to have Josh Hamilton not start either of the double header games when that was the turning point or climax of the season is awful.

The Pirates has their righty's in against Bronson Arroyo and Bronson is way worse v.s. lefties.

It's one thing if Jay Bruce just came up and only started against righties, but Josh Hamilton has had enough bats that he's an everday player.... Adam Dunn should have been in the first game. So we sit our biggest run producer every time a lefty pitches?

I don't care how well Pete Mackanin had been doing. Remember, in '05 Jerry Narron did really well too. Everyone plays better when a new manager comes in. Then it slowly wears off. Baltimore made a mistake in hiring Trembley. They've fallen off the cliff.

IF THE REDS DON'T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS THIS YEAR, Pete Mackanin should NOT be back. This happens to every team. There is a reason interim managers aren't MANAGERS before they get hired.

EX: Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds had to deal with JERRY Lefty/righty/different lineup every day so no one is comfortable and you can't be consistent/ NARRON.

at 4:15 PM Blogger Bad Bert from VA said...

I live in Virginia just north of Tn. Smokies park. Going down to watch Cueto pitch tonight. Excited to see him in action. Will give an updated report tomorrow.

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