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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, October 17, 2007

An off day, coaches, and the UFC

Took almost all of yesterday off. We could see coaching moves today. I think Dick Pole will be back, whether it's pitching coach or bench coach is the question. Brook Jacoby could be safe based on what Dusty Baker said about continuity. And really what hitter -- other than David Ross -- had a down year?

As for the others, I have no clue. Mark Berry would like to stay in the organization. That Double-A managing job is something he's done before.

Saturday, I'm covering the UFC 77. Are you in to it? I've become a fan. I never seen it in person. I did a Rich Franklin story last offseason. He's a great guy. He has a really tough fight in Anderson Silva. Their first fight was shocking in how Silva dominated.

I'm looking forward to covering it. Adam Dunn will be in town for it. Maybe he can stop by Bob Castellini's office and agree to three- or four-year deal while he's here.


at 1:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

CBS sports website has a mock letter that I think explains a lot of the worries some Reds fans have because of Dusty's last few years in Chicago.

If Dusty wins while learning from his Chicago days of what not to do, then I thin k all will be forgotten. It is like Dunn was at the beginning of 2007, will he start to tak ethe next step or be a .235 hitter again.

In that vein, Dusty's staff and how the minor leagues are resorted will be a big sign of the next few years. I would rather see the Reds organization become like the Twins of today or the Dodgers of old than a quick fix Cardinals team of the last few years.

at 1:36 PM Blogger dwr said...

UFC?!? On your baseball blog?!? And I wonder why people make fun of Cincinnati. Oh well, whatever makes the Dunner happy and keeps him in town is OK by me, I guess.

at 2:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Dunn's option has not been executed or another contract renewed, what happens if he stumbles into the ring at the UFC and gets hurt? Or just falls of his bass boat or something.

Seriously, if I were a pro athlete without a contract, I would be in a fetal position in a corner somewhere.

He is one stumble away from being worth $0.

at 3:41 PM Blogger Jason said...

Not a fan of the UFC. For anyone who has really been around serious martial artists, it's a bit like watching independent minor league baseball. I mean, they aren't terrible, but they're so far from the best that it's more irritating to watch than anything else.

at 3:54 PM Blogger bubba said...

Keep Billy Hatcher! We need more coaches like him. Mark Berry can go to the minors and maybe learn how to send or hold runners at third. Maybe Griffey SR as an outfield/bench coach...or maybe George Foster. We need a new pitching coach.

at 4:02 PM Anonymous johnnybenchhands said...

I am just curious.... Is Billy Hatcher staying on in some capacity? or will duty replace him with Davey Lopes?

at 4:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a huge fan of the UFC, MMA and Rich Franklin. And you are right that this will be a tough fight but I think Rich will be better prepared this time. Rich seems to be a very smart guy, as well as a talented fighter, and I think He lacked a game plan in the first Silva fight. It should be a heck of a fight.
Cant wait to hear your thoughts/observations afterwards. I really enjoy the blog.

at 4:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leo Mazzone as pitching coach, please. He's still available as far as I know, and worked miracles in Atlanta for 17 years.

at 5:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this might sound like a reach....

But we wouldn't have to give him Leo Mazzonne money....and I think he is overrated..he had talent in the ATL.. Look at Baltimore...


I would LOVE, i mean LOVE for Jeff Brantley to be our pitching coach. He knows more about pitching than Dick Pole and his gut combined.

Plus, He played for Dusty and they have a relationship.

at 5:32 PM Blogger JDGood said...

If it means that I don't have to listen to his play by play, then I'm all for it.

at 6:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

when pole was with dusty in san fran and chicago he was bench coach. Please put him back to bench coach.
Leo would be a great choice, but what bout tom hume.

at 6:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

mazzonne worked miracles i dont think so he had glavine smoltz and maddux what did he do in baltimore with less talent got fired

at 8:01 PM Anonymous mikec said...

Tom Hume? He may have been a great reliever, but the Reds bullpen has been awful under his tenure.

at 9:29 PM Blogger Paul said...

I think Rich Franklin will take out Dusty Baker in the first round with a rear naked choke.

at 9:53 PM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

Not a fan of the UFC. For anyone who has really been around serious martial artists, it's a bit like watching independent minor league baseball. I mean, they aren't terrible, but they're so far from the best that it's more irritating to watch than anything else.

Obviously you haven't been around serious martial artists then. If there are better mixed martial artists, then why aren't they in UFC? Because they would sell out? Give me a break dude...seriously.

at 11:16 PM Blogger Phill said...

You really can't say that UFC is the cream of the crop in terms of professional MMA fighters. UFC is just the most popular in America.

at 11:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

independent minor league baseball in some cases is just as equal as regular minor league baseball. for example, the atlantic league is the commonly known as the equivalent to tripl-A baseball. the frontier league is full of guys that have just been released from single-a and double-a, putting them at about the overall average equivalent of high A minor league ball. i know this comment is not really related to the topic at hand, but i just felt like making some clarifications to some people that were never good enough to PLAY baseball. they were always good enough to watch and criticize though....typical armchair quarterbacks and couch potato catchers...

at 4:32 AM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

Reds are DEFINITELY looking at pitching coaches. Baker offered former Marlins pitching coach Rick Kranitz the position but Kranitz took the Orioles' job with his old friends Andy MacPhail and Dave Trembley.

That means Baker is either going to move Dick Pole to bench coach or keep him as pitching coach and find someone else for the bench.

Either way, Kranitz was a helluva steal for the Orioles and potentially a big loss for the Reds.

Also: Mackanin is interviewing with the A's to be Bob Geren's bench coach. If that falls through, would Baker consider Mackanin as his bench coach?

at 10:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brantley would be my first choice for pitching coach and Hume, my second. Hume did a tremondous job in 2006 but they hired Pole last year. Could bring back Gullet after his layoff. Couldn't hurt.

at 11:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The UFC has the best MMA fighters in the world. There are world class atheletes mixed with some very excellent names on their roster. All around the world people know names like Gracie and Shamrock, Couture. The best of the best!

at 11:58 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kranitz was a steal for baltimore. Please do not hire dick pole as pitching coach. He was awful and team ERA went up.
I would bring in dave reghitti(sp) dusty's pitching coach in San Fran. He gets along great with players and dusty.

at 12:28 PM Anonymous rickNmd said...

Hume and Gullett? Think outside the box.

Reds fans are always retreading the same names for managers and coaches. There's reason these people (Oester, Hume, etc.) never get the jobs, don't ya think?

at 12:35 PM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

You really can't say that UFC is the cream of the crop in terms of professional MMA fighters. UFC is just the most popular in America.

Incorrect. UFC just recently bought Pride Fighting Championship...before that it was a competition between the two for the better fighters. UFC is the best fighting promotion in the World right now because of the purchase of Pride and that UFC can now use Pride fighters on their programs.

at 3:10 PM Blogger Phill said...

Ah, that's right Rob, forgot about the merger of Pride and UFC.

at 5:05 PM Anonymous Cheviot Sports Authority said...

The UFC, while entertaining is actually an off-spring of the now defunct Cambodian Midget Fighting League (CMFL).
If you are not familiar with the CMFL. It consisted of 36 ultimate midget fighters. Well, seems the new champion was spouting off after winning his belt, and actually boasted that he could whip a tiger. A Cambodian promoter was quick to one up that challenge. He said that his tiger would take on the entire league in a pay per view cage match. The Cambodian Government quickly banned this proposed match, until they were offered a cut.
The match went on and was halted with 14 fighters dead and 22 unable to continue.

Good to have UFC posts on the baseball blog.

at 6:36 PM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

Cheviot...please don't post anymore. I'd rather listen to Courtney Love sing than read your crap again.

So far you've posted that Griffey is lazy, and should be reprimanded. And, that the UFC is like midget fighting. The city of Cincinnati's IQ drops significantly each time you post.

at 11:48 PM Anonymous CSA said...

Hi Robbie,
Does that mean that you don't agree with my posts?

at 4:10 PM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

Is a pig made of pork?

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