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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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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Talking to Baker

I just got off the phone with Dusty Baker. I was lucky to get through.

"Man, this phone has been blowing up," Baker said. "My voice mail holds 29 messages. Every time I clear off 29, I get 29 more."

Baker is hearing from job seekers as well as people simply congratulating him. He's wrapping up putting his staff together. He wouldn't name names. "I don't want guys to read it in the paper," he said. But it will probably be done by tomorrow.

He did say talked to Rick Kranitz, the former Marlins pitching coach ended up going to Baltimore. That means Dick Pole, a long-time Baker staffer, could be be back in a position over than pitching coach.

"I talked to Kranny," he said. "I've talked to a lot of people. You want to make sure you get the right guys."

Former Atlanta pitching coach Leo Mazzone is out there.

I've got to give Richard Skinner credit for this one. He mentioned Dave Duncan's situation when I was doing a show with the Two Angry Guys. If Tony LaRussa decides to take a year off, Duncan may become available -- although he's under contract in St. Louis.

Baker reiterated that there will be some carry over from the current staff.

It sounds like hitting coach Brook Jacoby will probably be back.

"I read where Adam Dunn said he has four batting coaches in four years or something like that," Baker said. "You don't want that. It takes time to build trust. It's really a one- or two-year process. You don't want to start over."

Baker also alluded to bringing in "an infield guy."


at 2:24 PM Blogger Gene in WV said...

Thanks for the update. Glad to hear he is moving quickly. This staff completion does not need to take forever.

Moving quickly will let guys that are not coming back seek other positions, and it shows who wants to be with Dusty and the Reds--tell me if you want to be here, we are not seconed class citizens attitude is good approach.

Als, by keeping guys that fit in, and are respected by the players, shows Dusty really does want consistency, which we are in really bad need of.

at 3:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Reds were able to get the former Braves pitching coach that would be huge. Who else would you want with young pitchers coming up than the guy who taught the Braves staff how to pitch?

I have officially changed positions, I think the Dusty move will work either this or next year. The plan Krisky has for player development should start really rolling next year.

In Dusty I believe I am going to trust... unless he does something to loose it of course.


at 3:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be game foLeo Mazzone as a pitching coach and Dick Pole as a bullpen coach

at 3:52 PM Anonymous Danny said...

Any chance the infield guy is Barry Larkin?

at 4:02 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I'd be surprised if it was Larkin. He's still employed by the Nats, as far as I know. Just from the way, Baker mentioned the guy it sounded like an experienced coach.

at 4:07 PM Anonymous rickNmd said...

Yes, Mazzone did a great job with all the young Orioles pitching talent the past two years. They actually regressed. That's why he was fired.

at 4:17 PM Blogger Ryan said...

What about a guy like Ron Guidry? I heard he might be out in NY

at 4:21 PM Anonymous jc said...

on a different topic. joe torre is the man. all the best joe. always a class act.

at 4:22 PM Blogger Marie830 said...

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at 5:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

john has dusty had ne conversations with leo mazzone about coming to cincy and if not do you think he could be a possibility to come

at 5:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John any speculation on the future of Billy Hatcher? I thought he brought a lot to the team as a coach. I also think he's got a shot a being a good manager some day. It looked like on the field that the players really respected him (heck his postseason play alone earned that respect.) Let's hope Dusty can find some way to keep him on.


at 5:44 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I think there's a good chance Hatcher will be back. Baker would not talk names while he's in the process, especially since he hadn't talked to all the current members of the staff.

at 5:55 PM Blogger mike said...

Fay: I havent seen anything on the roster and payroll for next year yet, can we get a list of the players gone and the players locked for next year on the 40 man as well as what the payroll looks like with the sickening contract of eric milton off the books as well as the other fa's?

at 5:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In Dusty We Trusty"!

at 6:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


any news on jocketty? do you think he's headed to cincinnati?

anon 24/7

at 6:20 PM Blogger River Otter said...

John - Good stuff.

I'm glad to hear there's a good chance that Brook Jacoby will be back. I agree with Baker that's a position where the players could use some stability.

at 6:26 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I'll see about getting the roster and payroll in Sunday's paper.

Castellini strongly denied that the reds have even talked to jocketty.

at 7:13 PM Anonymous Tim said...

Two Angry Guys? Are they back on the radio? I loved that show. What channel is it on?

at 7:32 PM Blogger Marie830 said...

ESPN reports in their transaction section that the Reds have announced that Billy Hatcher, Mark Berry, Brook Jacoby and Dick Pole will be back at the same coaching positions they held last year. Tom Hume was not offereda a contract, and Pat Kelly was named manager of the Sarasota Reds.
I guess this means no Mazzone unless he is the bench coach.

at 7:39 PM Blogger Marie830 said...

Actually they only said that they would be back, I in-correctly assumed it would be in the same position. So Mazzone could still be pitching coach and Pole bench coach, or many other logical options.

at 7:41 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Angry Guys are 96.5 from 6:30 to 10.

at 7:43 PM Blogger mike said...

thanks john for the timely response, much appreciated

at 9:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we have to be stuck with Pole again, I would rather have him as the dugout coach. And no, Mazzone will not help. It's what I've been saying, just because he had success for several years with the Braves, doesn't mean he's the reason for that success. The Reds may well have pitchers who will excell under the right conditions. But they don't have Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz----3 pitchers who might well be first ballot Hall of Famers. I'm not selling Arroyo, Harrang and Belisle short, here. They could well go on to be as successful as, say, Walters and Derringer----legends, not Hall of Famers. And it's still too early to tell with Bailey. For all we know another year with Pole (and now Baker) could ruin him forever.
But the point is, Mazzone may not have been so successful because he had a good pitching philosophy----he just had 3 fantastic pitchers. Look at the Orioles. No Hall of Famers there and Mazzone didn't make them look any better.
This and the dreadful results the Reds got with Pole should be all the proof we need----ignore the big name and the reputation, go with someone the pitchers know, trust and respond to

at 12:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke. What an absolute joke. This team is going to lose 90 games again next year. Dick Pole some more? LOL. What a mess this team still is. Dusty, quit now before you get in any deeper.

at 1:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angry Guys? More like Crying Girls.

They are terrible and a waste of time.

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