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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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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Shearn to start

From the Reds:

Tom Shearn will be making his Major League debut tomorrow after 12 minor league seasons. He turns 30 years old on Tuesday. He went 7-10, 4.20 in 24 starts and 2 relief appearances for Louisville (143.2ip, 153h, 72r, 67er, 51bb, 109k, 9hr, .276oba).

Further proof the Reds are playing for this year. At this point, it's hard to blame them.

Guess the time in Louisville did Matt Belisle good. Nice gesture by Junior Griffey to give Davey Concepcion the bat.


at 1:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Tommy. You deserve it. Ohio kid grew up a Reds fan and finally realizing your dream. Good Luck and your friends in Columbus will be rooting for you. GoReds!!!!

at 2:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reds playing for this year? Maybe, but how can you say that Tom Shearn was the right move? Cueto would have been. Shearn has nothing special. He gets knocked around in the minors for 10 years, but somehow that warrants a start in the Majors on the best team since July? Call me a critic, but Tom Shearn deserves to be DFA'd right now. He's old and terrible. No possible way he succeeds at this level.

at 5:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm happy for Shearn, but seems an odd time to take a chance on the guy. The Reds have won five in a row and are suddenly very much in contention. I'd prefer to see the team go with a four-man rotation, given how well the pen is performing.

at 8:04 AM Blogger Bengal43 said...

Reds.com has Belisle as #28. That was his Louisville number. Did he change it from #31?

at 9:56 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Shearn who? Welcome to Wayne's World!

at 11:10 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Kirk Saarloos, Victor Santos, Kyle Lohse, Todd Coffey, Mike Stanton, Chris Milhalik, Mike Gosling, Chris Hammond, Rick White, Joe Mays, Ryan Franklin (actually doing well elsewhere), Jason Standridge, Estaban Yan, Gary Majewski, Scott Schoeneweiss, Rheal Comier, Mike Burns, Jason Johnson, Sun-Woo Kim, with a pass to Yesterday Eddie, Phil Dumatrait, the Lizard and Mike Livingston. WELCOME:TOM SHEARN TO WAYNE'S WORLD!

at 12:30 PM Blogger San Diego Dennis said...

For those of us who weren't able to see the game, can you describe the situation where Griffey gave Concepcion the bat? Thanks!

at 12:45 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Way to go Shearn! I hope today is special for you. 7 games back and you're about to make a huge difference in a pennant "race"!!!

Good job Wayne & Bob. This is PRECISELY the kind of aggressive, ballsy, but well-reasoned "risk" that winning team owners and GMs must take every once in awhile.

If Shearn gets a win today, morale will be THAT MUCH HIGHER for this team.

Cueto might have been a better choice--but Shearn is only 30 and as Fay pointed out, he's been doing well this year. He's earned ONE BIG CHANCE.

at 12:47 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

Was anyone taken off of the 40 man roster for Shearn to be activated?

at 12:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here the Rds are back in contention (albeit a longshot) and they call up some no name?

Where is Homer Bailey? Is he going to pitch again this season?

at 1:24 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

It's only one inning but WOW. Nice debut. Until he gets through Hanley, Willingham and Jacobs three times, it's far from over but if the Reds can put 11 on the board...

at 1:43 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Jorgensen Grand Slam? What's next? Ellison hitting for the cycle? A ticker-tape parade down fifth street with Krivsky waving to crowds in the shadow of the Tyler-Davidson fountain?

The Reds are starting to turn into the 1969 Mets...

This is unbelievable.

Shearn needs to throw a complete game shut-out to make this day perfectly surreal.

Go Reds!

at 3:32 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

Unbelievable indeed. I was so happy I could have danced when Jorgensen connected for his grand slam. But even more unbelievable has to be Shearn. I mean just look at his trouble inning the 3rd. He gives up two hits to start the inning and then the homer so what's he do afterwards? Well he not only gets the next 3 guys out but then sits down the next 10 batters he faces in a row before giving up a walk and then sits down the next 2 guys. So basically he sits down 13 in a row and 15 of 16. WOW! Way to go Tom!

And by the way Shearn had excellent numbers last year at AAA. His numbers this year are no-where near as good but I was surprised he didn't get a call up last year.

Good Job guys. The team is really looking good offensively.

at 3:52 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

A+ to the front office for the decision to start Shearn today.

A+ to Shearns for stepping up and earning a major league stay longer than just one start.

Clutch pitching, defense, and hitting once again--if we play like this in Pittsburgh next week....look out Cubs, Brewers, and Cards!

Looks like the Shearn doubter was as wrong about Shearn as I was about the Marlins sweeping the Reds! I need to predict a Pirates sweep next week now. I love being wrong!

Results talk, everything else walks.

29-19 under Mac. At this point, wasting money on a "name" manager for 2008 would be bone stupid. Fay is 100% correct, you HAVE TO GIVE MAC 2008.

Either MAC is a new SPARKY or he's not but the Reds cannot afford to NOT give MAC all of 2008.

at 8:54 PM Anonymous Gary214 said...

It's a good thing Anon 1:52 didn't have Shearn DFA'd before the game today!! I know, I know, no digs is the new rule....but not trying to be cruel...just stating the facts!!! Bringing the guy up was a very good move...at least for today!!! The guy has more than paid his dues and deserves the cahnce he got!! Great job Tom!!!

And you are right Justin...we need Mac here next year...HE deserves that!!! As does Dunn!!!!!

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