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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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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Call-up talk

Catcher Ryan Hanigan was called up instead of the Ryan Jorgensen because Jorgensen "had some personal things he had to deal with."

Joey Votto is not starting tonight because left-hander Oliver Perez is pitching for the Mets. Votto will start Wednesday's day game. The Reds told him two days ago. "I couldn't sleep," he said. "I ended up staying up until 5 in the morning watching The Office reruns."

It was the first time Votto stepped foot in the Great American Ball Park.

"I told I wasn't going to come to a game or watch a game here until I got called up," he said.

Scott Hatteberg understands that Votto is going to play.

"I figured he was going to play," he said. "They didn't bring him up to eat Slush Puppies. If I'm the GM, I'd do the same thing. They've got to look at some people now. They already know what my tired act can do."


at 5:45 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Votto is going to get playing time. First intelligent thing I have heard from the Reds in a long, long time. Now, if Keppinger can play SS for the rest of the season or at least until he falls on his face, oh no what am I thinking?.... They need to see if Gonzalez can hit .260 since they are committed for a big salary again next year.

PS: nothing against Gonzalez, he is a decent player but Krivsky paid too much for him and I sure like the way Keppinger plays the game.

at 5:53 PM Blogger Laura said...

Scott Hatteberg is a class act.

at 6:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hatteberg shoulda been traded a month and a half ago.

at 7:01 PM Blogger Brad said...


Did you have to hand Dunn a box of tissues after all that crying he did about Bill Cunningham?

at 7:35 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Cunningham is almost as funny as watching Dunn chase balls down in the left field corner. I think Mr Dunn has grown himself a pair of Griffey Ears, not surprising.

at 7:53 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Dunn didn't approach me to complain. I heard about what Cunningham said, heard that it was being talked about by the players, so I asked.

Cunningham was obviously being sarcastic. But the problem is a certain number of people believe whatever is said on the radio.

Nothing Cunningham said would have bothered Dunn, expect the drinking part.

at 8:00 PM Blogger Adam said...

When was Cunningham talking about Dunn? Was it today? Which hour? Thanks.

at 8:02 PM Blogger jbench5 said...

Hatteberg is a class act. I'd be perfectly happy if the Reds got pitching for Votto and Freel, re-upped Hatteberg, and platooned him with Cantu next year. Then after 2008 give Hatteberg a coaching position somewhere in the organization.

What I'm disappointed in is that the other players don't seem to pick up Hatteberg's patience and dedication at the plate. All the young guys should be learning from him.

at 8:04 PM Blogger John Fay said...

There's a story on cincinnati.com about it. Here's the line http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20070904/SPT04/309040070/

at 8:11 PM Blogger Adam said...

Thanks John, just saw it. Excellent work as usual.

at 8:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the end of long season, you would think the Reds might want to get the fans a glimpse of next year and build some goodwill with the fans by calling up Bruce, Cueto and Maloney. It might even help sell a few season tickets for next year.
Guess not!

at 8:48 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I agree. But the Reds have shown a reluctance to do that -- for whatever reason.

at 8:57 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Just surfing the Reds minor league sites and noticed that Sarasotas Ben Jukich has a no hitter thru 7 innings and a 2-0 Reds lead over Clearwater.

at 9:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because they are clueless and cheap

at 9:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"....tired act".??? Is he kidding? Scott Hatteberg has been one of the very few bright spots in this season. He is a joy to watch both in the field and especially at bat. It's like watching a master perform his craft when he's at the plate. Thank you, Scott, for your wonderful contribution this season.

at 9:06 PM Blogger Dan H said...

So much for Jukich's no hitter he was taken out in the 8th for Sean watson who gave up a 2 out single. Still Jukich looks like a good pick up in the Denorfia trade. 2-0 Sara Reds after 8.

at 11:08 PM Anonymous Mt. Washington Matt said...

Speaking of call-ups, and at the risk of sounding like you're second-guessing Reds' pitching coach Dick Pole, can you find a tactful way to ask our venerable, old-school pitching coach why Todd Coffey continues to get punished, even after getting ahead of hitters 0-2? I mean the batter fouled off two hittable pitches before the sharp single in the 8th that set the inning in motion. It HAS TO be poor coaching - nobody is that consistently out to lunch on the mound.

at 11:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pitching for Votto would be a major error. Hatteberg is a classy guy and I underestimated his skill and abilities this season. Yet I doubt Hatteberg is going to be a piece of a championship team here...even if it's just first place in the Central.

Gee, I hope capitalizing Central didn't exhaust anyone!

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