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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, September 2, 2007

Changes of plans for Homer

Homer Bailey is not eligible to pitch in the Florida State League playoffs because of his "veteran status." Bailey will stay in Sarasota and continue to work with pitching coach Tom Brown.


at 4:44 PM Anonymous redifil said...

'm a Reds fan in Arkansas watching the Cardinals' telecast, and their TV guys have been blasting the Reds for "letting Ryan steal third - and a run - by paying no atteention to him when he was on second. Among their expressions were "inexcusable," "hard to believe" and "embarrassing." (Jay Randolph on play-play-play, don't know who the color guy is; Mike Shannon was earlier). They couldn't believe nobody told Bry to step off before or after Ryan broke. (Maybe Mackanin and the coaches were napping at the time). Pretty bad when other teams' media people point out how fundamentally bad you are.
Meanwhile, nice at bat by Junior in the top of the 8th. Swung at three pitches that weren't anywhere close to being strikes. Maybe he's packed it in for the year. I like Ken Jr., but I say it's time to bring up Votto AND Bruce up and see what they can do the rest of the year. Junior could go on home.
The Reds were really horrendous in the series, going in 7 games out of first. Quite discouraging.

at 5:14 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

HOLY CRAP! Now I have seen everything(the Adam Dunn catch in LF).

Yes, another stellar managing job by Pete Mackanin. At least Honus Wagner was back at SS.

Do you think Mackanin was asleep when Hatteburg singled in the ninth? For what other reason would he wait 2 batters before putting Ellison in to run? Seems to me Hopper bunting would have made a lot of sense in that situation. Best scenario, he beats it out as he so often does, worst thing (unless a complete disaster) is the tying run in scoring position with one out.

By the way, was the whole team asleep with the steal of third base? Yep, looking more and more like a Jerry Narron team everyday.

Lastly, congratulations to Ken Griffey Jr for possibly the worst at bat that I have seen all season. But then, it is September and time to go back to the boat.

at 5:18 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Since arriving in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, the Reds have played, overall: sloppy, unfocused, undisciplined baseball frequently handicapped with lineup ineptitude and mis-managing (and mis-GM-ing) of pitching.

But that's okay, tickets are selling, and everyone is collecting their salaries.

at 5:56 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

You heard it here first, several weeks ago as a matter of fact: Homer Bailey is finished with the Reds for this season. The Reds have managed to screw up another great pitching prospect. This kid was throwing 97-98 mph consistently and suddenly he is throwing 91-92. There is something wrong here. Not to mention, Bailey got so fed up with the Reds that he went home to Texas (this was covered up by the local media and the Reds). The Wayne Krivsky answer is that the radar guns in the minor leagues don't work right. The great part about that answer is that some of the media people in Cincinnati actually bought that line of crap.

at 6:08 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Covered up? I wrote that he went home for "personal reasons." Talked to him when he returned. He wasn't fed with the Reds at all. He was a little disappointed in season he had and the injury.

at 7:33 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

I don't doubt that you mentioned it, but I sure didn't hear anything about it from anyone else and I would think that when a team's top pitching prospect leaves the team and goes home, it would receive more than a passing mention.

Hopefully, he will get whatever the problem is straightened out and be a great pitcher here.

I may seem very negative, but I am just so fed up with Wayne Krivsky and his attitude toward the media and the fans. The fans are the ones who ultimately pay the bills and they deserve to have a legitimate and honest explanation when moves are made or not made that involve the ball team on the field. Whether you believe that Krivsky has done a good job or a terrible job, you have to admit that his public relations are a huge detriment to the club.

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