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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, February 24, 2008

Baker tries but no Sparky

Dusty Baker made the call. But, sadly, he doesn’t think Sparky Anderson is going to be able to make it to Reds camp.

“He said he’s feeling weak,” Baker said. “How often has he come back?”

Never , Baker was told.

“That tells you something,” Baker said.

Baker talked to Anderson in Saturday night. Anderson just got out of the hospital after 12-day stay. Beyond that, Anderson doesn’t like the attention on him, but Baker wanted to try to persuade him.

Baker did say he expects Joe Morgan to be among the guest instructors at camp.

More early-morning blogging:

--Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt will start the exhibition opener Wednesday against the Phillies in Clearwater. Matt Belisle will start home opener against the Twins Thursday.

--Baker on left-hander Matt Maloney: “Not only does he have good breaking stuff, he has deceptively quick late movement on his fastball. He’s not afraid to throw the ball inside to right-handers, which is one of t he toughest things to teach a left-hander to do because they don’t really trust that pitching area because it creeps back over the plate. Most of the left-handers I didn’t like to face were (threw inside to right-handers). If he can throw it inside like that, it means he can peel that plate – peel it like a banana.”

--Baker on Edinson Volquez: “He has an excellent arm. Whoever scouted him in this trade did an excellent job. He’s got a real good change-up. We’ve got to tighten up his breaking ball. Hopefully, he can continue to show improvement in his command. When you’ve got that kind of stuff, the next step is command. If you get command with that stuff, you’re going to be a heck of pitcher and make this trade look great.”

--Bill Bray and Bobby Livingston are the only players not participating in all drills, i.e., the reds have made through a week without any new injuries.


at 9:32 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Do you know if the game Wednesday will be on the radio? It seems to me that they usually do the first game and then weekends only for a couple of weeks. Is that the case this year?

at 9:49 AM Blogger John Fay said...

CSA: The first game will be on the radio. They'll weekend games for the first two weeks and then do them all starting March 15.

at 10:05 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...


at 10:24 AM Anonymous rms said...

John, good Jocketty piece this morning... I'm sorry, but what a miserable position for Krivsky.
Can't sugar-coat this: he got an official over-the-shoulder-observer, of every breath.
Oh man, this has got to be really touchy...

at 10:35 AM Blogger Brandon said...

Yea but hey two GM's are better then one

at 10:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What makes this Jocketty guy so great? Didn't he trade Dan Haren to the A's for mark Mulder?

at 10:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, what is wrong with Sparky? Twelve days is a long stay so it must be a serious illness.


at 10:49 AM Blogger Brandon said...

Well Jocketty had to do something right the Cards have won a few titles and a World Series with an 83 and 80 record

at 11:24 AM Anonymous www.LetsTalkReds.com said...


We heard a lot in the offseason about Coffey finally getting in shape. How does he look to you? Is it a noticeable difference?

at 11:31 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think whatever happens this year, Krivsky should get an extension. Its clear that the Reds plan is to do this through the farm system and not through free agency. With that being the case, you cant fire a guy before giving the farm guys a shot to perform. If Bailey, Bruce, and Votto al go north, and start, its really the first year of a new, younger core Reds team. To expect all 3 to tear it up and propel the reds deep into the playoffs this year is unreasonable. The trades he didnt make for Blanton or Bedard or whoever, if made, would be throwing their plan of using the farm to build a winner out the window. I think Jocketty is here to make sure the plan works. Its insurence. I really dont know what Krivsky could have done better. A winning team in Cincy, built through big time free agents is a pipe drem. I think he / they are doing it right.
-Kevin in Ft Myers

at 11:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reds better win this year. Or the K-dog is gone!

Kevin Ft Mitchell, Ft Myers, Ft Apache

at 11:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANON 11:42,

How do you define winning?

80 - 85 wins and give the Cubs a race down the stretch? I agree.

Play the Mets in the NLCS? No way.

-Kevin in Ft Myers (FLA)

at 11:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must have missed something, could someone please describe the issue with Bray?

at 12:12 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Bray is on a throwing program after coming down with slightly sore shoulder form what he called "over correction" in rehab.

at 12:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Are you in Cincy now, or Sarasota?

If in FL, have you seen the new guys pitch? Do they look like starters? -K in FM

at 12:17 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Now, its a sore shoulder. Day to day is, I believe, the term the Reds like to use (course that sometimes seems to last for weeks at a time here). I am beginning to think that he is another Krivsky dud.

at 12:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would hope they run W.K. out of town NOW !! I will buy tickets the day he goes! Idiot multi-yr contracts to guys out of MLB,Naron,Coffey plus 70-92!Worst of all is his arrogant attitude...after failing so miserably !! Many (maybe the majority) feel this way.Bob C. brought W.J. in for good reason!!WAKE UP CINCY FIRE KRIVSKY..EX_REDS FAN

at 12:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 12:25,

Bad contracts are a part of modern baseball, every GM has them. At least Krivsky had the stones to fire Narron. I know the Reds can ill afford bad contracts, but nobody's perfect.

Do you think locking up PHILIPS, HARANG, and ARROYO were mistakes?


I think they are deffinately better of than they were with Jim Bowden as GM.

If would rather have JOCKETTY, I cant argue, but arent you being a little harsh on WK?

-Kevin in Ft Myers

at 12:54 PM Anonymous MJ said...

I don't see Bray heading north but instead possibly staying in Sarasota for extended spring training and perhaps a minor league stint if he's retained. He's a possible release candidate to me.

at 5:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John,

Could you please explain what an "over correction" is? Or maybe ask Bray what it means? There is nothing more irritating to a fan than a player showing up hurt the first week of camp.

At least Bray used an excuse I don't remember hearing in the past. The Reds have certainly exhausted quite a few over the years: "flat mound," "pitch to contact," "a flaw in his mechanics," "status quo," "it takes two to make a trade, "strained oblique," and "turf toe," just to name a few.

at 5:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin: We lost more games than the NATS. in 07!! We were a joke until the very end of the yr.! W.K. is a miserable ambassador for the Reds his arrogant standoffish demeanor drives fans away !! This on top of inept & incompetent job performance...hence W.J.!!Bob C. can't afford to have him turn fans away from GABP !! I'll buy tickets when they fire him....WAKE UP CINCY FIRE KRIVSKY....EX-REDS FAN

at 8:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 5:57

anyone who stops being a fan because of the GM is an idiot, thats just moronic. why are you letting kriv offend you so much, like he's a back-yard bully. grow up, and if your a ex-reds fan then get the h*ll off our blog and go root for another team. pathetic

at 8:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

explain why attendance has gone up since he's been here. if the players are bad the fans turn away. people come to see players like harang and phillips, thats where ticket get sold. not who the GM is thats real stupid. just because thats why your not a fan, doesnt mean "the majority" agree. not even most, not even 15%, realistically proably 8%. if you're an ex fan you wouldnt be here posting this garbage.your an ex fan because of the GM?!? wow thats sad.

when(if) the reds start winning, don't come back we dont want you.

at 8:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please keep in mind that Bob C. is not ok with W.K.,that's why we have W.J. !!I'm in the majority (those who want Cluless fired) & more see it every day. I want the Reds to win & won't accept arrogant incompetence !! MANY /Many AGREE.... WAKE UP CINCY FIRE KRIVSKY (ANGRY IN DAYTON)

at 5:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you want reds to win then your a fan, dont write that BS ex-reds crap

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