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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, February 20, 2008

Dusty on Sparky, Bruce

Dusty Baker would like to see Sparky Anderson in camp with the Reds.

"I'd really like to see that," he said. "He gave me a lot of advice. I'd like to bring him for a couple of days. . . I called it going to library when talked to guys like him, Bill Walsh, Al Attles."

Baker got his first look at Jay Bruce hitting yesterday.

“He’s got a very good stroke,” Baker said. “It’s just BP. But you can still see places where a person might have flaws, you need to correct this and that. But he has a very good stroke. He come through the zone with balance. He keeps his head still and down.

“Just from talking to him, he’s very confident that he can hit without being arrogant about it, which is the first thing you want to be in a young hitter. The confidence part is something you can’t give them. You’d rather not see them arrogant because they won listen.”

And the difference between confidence and arrogance?

"I can tell the difference because I had some of both myself."

Baker and Bruce were together on the Winter Caravan.

“I spent three or four days with him on the caravan. It was a very productive days as far as getting to know him – to get away from the stadium, the people, the crowd. People tend to be more relaxed. I was very impressed.”

“He’s a very mature young man. It sounds like he’s had a lot of responsibility in his life at a young age. It makes you grow up rather quickly.”


at 9:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Please somment on Sergio the Rule 5 draft pick. Does he have the shot of making this team? Why is he so special to draft him?

at 9:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


What about Sergio the Rule 5 pick? Does he have a shot? Why is he so special to be picked in the Rule 5 draft?

at 10:00 AM Blogger Reds in 2008 said...

Interesting, maybe Bruce does have a chance with Baker after all. I kinda figured Baker was drooling for Lofton about now.

at 10:23 AM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

Baker's saying a lot of nice things about everyone. Bako, Sauerbeck, Valentin, the kids. At some point, say around March 1, these people will have to walk the walk. I wouldn't read too much into cheery compliments at this point of camp. Nobody sucks, yet.

at 10:32 AM Blogger Brad said...

Nobody sucks, yet.

Stanton does.....

at 10:39 AM Blogger Reds in 2008 said...

Nobody sucks, yet.

Indeed. Ain't that the truth. So... we'll see where things are in a couple of weeks. I could stand to see Lofton in a back up role or safety net, but I see no reason to even consider Patterson.

at 11:23 AM Blogger Patrick said...

I also would like to hear some more about the rule 5 guy.

at 11:41 AM Blogger SportsMania said...

Patterson is only good if you need a speed guy on the bench, which no one days these days.
I love Lofton, but we are so deep in the outfield, I don't see him coming here.

at 11:41 AM Blogger SportsMania said...

Patterson is only good if you need a speed guy on the bench, which no one days these days.
I love Lofton, but we are so deep in the outfield, I don't see him coming here.

at 11:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are the "Home, Home on the Range" days of spring training.

"Where never is heard
A discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day."

at 11:48 AM Blogger cincikid said...

I remember when Patterson was coming up in the Cubs farms in '99. I thought he was going to be the next great Power, Speed, Gold Glover. Man, what happened to him? And please, don't say Dusty Baker.

at 11:52 AM Blogger cincikid said...

How come we always get stuck with these "once above average players". Hatteberg, Conine, Lofton, Weathers, Stanton, Royce Clayton. I can't wait until year 2019 when we have Johan Santana, Russell Martin, and Manny Ramirez

at 12:31 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I've seen the Rule 5 guy, Sergio Valenzuela, throw a bit. He doesn't bring like Cueto or Volque. If he did, he wouldn't have been available in the Rule 5.

I think he's a tremendously long shot. Last year was an exception. No Reds' Rule 5 guy made it since 1993.

at 12:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a outfield of next year discussion for everyone. If you were the Reds, who do you want in the Outfield for next year? With Dunn, and Griffey up for resigning this year, the question if relavent now that Hamilton is gone. I think one of those two have to be signed, and I would pick Dunn. So...

Hopper CF
Bruce RF
Dunn LF

they seem to be the best outfield for next year. Maybe Stubbs or another young guy pushes Hopper for CF, but I would be happy about that for the large expectations (stud young pitchers with a year of experience) I have for next year.

at 12:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the Lofton and Patterson talk, why hasn't Shannon Stewart been mentioned? He still has something in the tank and is from Cincinnati.

at 12:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Wasn't Wily Mo a Rule 5 guy?

at 12:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

stewart is not a vwery good centerfielde these days

at 12:49 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

We traded for Wily Mo.

I have to think about it, but it seems that he was a second or third player in a deal with the Yankees... Like for Aaron Boone?

at 12:58 PM Blogger Bigryan said...

Heras a great comment about our best young hitter. Dusty sees flaws in his swing . Maybe he will change him into another .260 hitter with 200 K's. See Adam Dunn. If the Reds break camp with Stanton on the team, we can expect another year like the rest

at 1:05 PM Blogger Al in Ohio said...

Reds fans are, hands down, my favorite fans of any team in any sport. Over the winter, some people wanted the Reds to trade for, or sign, every starting pitcher the fans had heard of. Now, some fans want the Reds to sign any OF that they've heard of, completely irrespective of whether or not the Reds need outfielders or not. I don't know if I've ever seen a group of fans that was so hot for a player simply because they knew who that player was, or because that player was a one-time star/phenom. Crazy.

at 1:24 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

Wily Mo had a major league contract as a minor-leaguer and could not be sent back to the minors without going through waivers. He would have been claimed in a snap.

Shannon Stewart, he of the 18-hop relay throw from left field?

Pretty certain Dusty Baker is qualified to know something about hitting.

at 1:40 PM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

So Al as a Reds fan do you yourself feel that you are crazy? Or do you just feel that other Reds fans are crazy? Do the Reds need a good to great SP? Yes. Do the Reds need a reliable, fast, high obp type OF? Yes. Ryan Freel is best suited as a supersub, and it has been seen that playing everyday lowers his production. Hopper hasn't really done on any level what he did last year. Our rotation is going to be rounded up with some trio of 3 rookies, a reliever, and Matt Belisle. It would be great to sign Lofton. It would have been great to add Bedard. Who knew he would have been worth more than Santana? I don't see the point in calling Reds fans crazy for trying to add players to fill holes.

at 1:51 PM Anonymous zach said...

wily mo for drew henson

at 2:10 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

Awe yes, Mr. R, the David Espinosa treatment. Now I recall. Was it acuired in the A. Boone deal?

"was originally signed by the Mets out of the Dominican Republic in 1998"
We picked him up in 2002, but he only had 18 ab's I think do to injury. His 5 years (option years?) were up in 03, when we had to keep him up or expose him to waivers

at 3:40 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

Thanks Zack, thats it.

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