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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, February 28, 2008

Dusty's watching

Dusty Baker strolled up behind the batting cage Thursday morning and said: “Let’s see how many hits you can get. If you can’t get a hit in practice, you ain’t going to get any in the game."

Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Juan Castro and Paul Bako were in the group hitting. The intensity of the session picked up. It was Baker’s way of saying: I’m watching.

For the record, Bruce went 3-for-5, Votto and Castro 2-for-5 and Bako 0-for-5. Baker was arbiter. Bruce last hit was home run that just missed the foul pole.

Bako, by the way, asked hitting coach Brook Jacoby to work with him in cage after BP.


at 4:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 4:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annon @ 4:40 PM:

Dude - your caps lock is stuck.

at 4:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm flying in from Chicago for the game tomorrow. Do you know who is going to pitch? Can't wait to get out of the cold for a couple of days. 57 sounds like 90 to me.


at 5:05 PM Blogger Brendan T said...

Anon 4:40pm-
I'll never understand why people like you makes comments about posts not being a big deal or worth a post. Why are you on here? Aren't you here to get any Reds info you can? Then again, you're using the played out "Wake Up Cinci" phrase, so I shouldn't be too suprised.

at 5:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, is this unusual for a Reds manager (to monitor and criticize the intensity of the practices)?

at 5:16 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

Bako can work for as long as he wants. Dude's not going to learn to hit at age 35. (Career line in nearly 1800 ABs: .233 .306 .315)

at 5:33 PM Blogger Brendan T said...

I'd have to agree with Chris on that. The biggest career impact Bako has had or will have with the Reds is being the batter who hit the ball that Griffey dove for when he separated his shoulder in 2003.

at 5:41 PM Anonymous Marc in Kentucky said...

I think the CAPS guy is the ANGRY IN DAYTON guy. The Reds could win the next 10 World Series and he would find something wrong with it or "nothing big deal".

I think it's great that players are responding to Dusty. It looks like Bruce is going to a money player. He'll be able to perform under pressure. So (and yes, I'm being optimistic!) I think it is a big deal and great reporting of such.


at 5:42 PM Anonymous redsfanwoody said...

How's John fay going to fire Wayne?

at 5:46 PM Blogger docproc said...

This sounds great. Thanks for reporting it, John.

I've had more than enough of ALL CAPS GUY. Ignore him, John. Keep giving us the scoop.

at 6:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 6:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kindergarten closed!

at 6:31 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Homer Bailey is starting tomorrow.

It's the first time I've seen a manager do that particular thing. Baker also said tgecoutfielders would be working with Hatcher Friday after some misplays. He's got this reputation as a players manager. But it seems to me he doesnt let stuff slide.

at 6:34 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Brandon:ESPN and MLB.com both have that. Hit the solis tab on the player's profile.

at 7:48 PM Blogger redfuture said...

Joe Blanton was lit up by the Brewers on Thursday, allowing six runs and eight hits in two innings.

at 7:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, how far out has Dusty scheduled his starting pitchers? Ill be at the game Monday in Ft Myers vs Twins. Id love to see Harang even if its only for 2 inings. I havnt seen him pitch in person and I'm interested to see his size and his pitches that close up.

Ive seen Arroyo, Belisle, and Bailey in Cincy, (along with alot of other guys not worth mentioning) but it seems like every time I'm up there I miss Ranger.

Did see Clemens there a couple years back when he was with the Stros. It was worth seeing the Reds lose to see him pitch, even if he was on HGH.

-Kevin in Ft Myers

at 8:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

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at 8:28 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I left my Reds notes at the complex, but they're scheduled five days out. I'll start listing them.

at 8:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, Thanks, Ill check back tommorow.

Sorry about the last post. Im so sick of those wake up cincy posts, next time Ill make better use of my vocabulary.

K in FM

at 9:02 PM Blogger Fkdrad said...

Interesting hearing Brandon Phillips tonight at Findaddys (wlw sports talk show) talking about Dusty's notebook.
The players definitely know he isn't doodling when he opens "the book". Little things aren't allowed to slide, Dusty has often has had players "repeat" a fundamental drill etc.
Noted at todays first home game: No walks allowed by the Reds pitchers and first pitch strikes were the norm.
fkdrad from Osprey

at 9:13 PM Anonymous PastorBrandon said...

Will Tomorrows game be on the radio?

at 9:22 PM Blogger John Fay said...

No radio tomorrow. Saturday and Sunday games only until March 15.

at 9:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John, how is Jay Bruce looking thus far?

at 9:41 PM Blogger John Fay said...

He's had hits in both games. He's made one nice play in the outfield. Pretty good. His set up at the plate is similar to Griffey's.

at 10:21 PM Blogger Dan H said...

John, Do you know when any of the guest instructors (Morgan,Davis, Griffey Sr,Geronimo) are scheduled to be at camp?

at 11:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

BAKO could ask the ghost of BABE RUTH for some time at the cage and he still wouldn't hit for an average that exceeds his weight.

at 11:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you believe in ghosts?


at 1:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you read ANGRY CAPS GUY, imagine Chris Farley's voice. Then replace the Go Dragons with "in a van down by the river." It actually becomes manageable.

at 1:36 AM Blogger JerBear said...

I'm excited to see Jay Bruce in the near future, and maybe even on opening day...

And it looked like he made a nice diving catch in the outfield. But there's a part of me that thinks an outfield of Dunn, Bruce, and Griffey would probably one of the worst defensive outfields in baseball.

I don't know if people have talked about that side of the Reds much, but I worry about our lack speed and experience in the outfield especally if Bruce is in Center.

at 9:20 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Dunn, Griffey and anybody is one of the worst defensive outfields in baseball.

at 11:19 AM Blogger Steve said...

Bako can spend time with the ghosts of Dimaggio or Cobb and it won't matter. If he hasn't found a hitting stroke yet, it'll never happen.

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