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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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Saturday, February 16, 2008

It's here

Today is the day my good friend Flea marks on the calendar about two minutes after the last out of the World Series: Pitchers and catchers report.

It is the figurative start of spring for baseball fans. But here at Reds Central, it's hard to tell the difference between today and yesterday or any recent day. On the backfields at the Ed Smith Stadium, you have a couple of players tossing. Some others are hitting in the cages.

On reporting day, all players have to do is report.

Tomorrow afternoon's workout will offer a little bit more excitement, but it's only pitchers and catchers. Things will pick up a bit next week when full-squad workouts get going.

Two tidbits of the semi-news:

--Juan Castro reports that his elbow (he had Tommy John surgery on July 31) is a 80 percent. But he thinks he'll be at 100 percent before Opening Day.

--Ryan Freel said his knee is 100 percent. He'll do everything that he normally would do at the start of camp.

We're supposed to meet with Dusty Baker at 12:45 this afternoon. I'll post highlights.

Somehow yesterday Rick Stowe, the Reds clubhouse honcho, and Matt Belisle got on the subject of the where Belisle ranked as far as continuous tenure on the club. I was curious enough to look it up. He's fifth. It goes Ken Griffey Jr,, Adam Dunn, Ryan Freel, Aaron Harang, then Belisle.


at 10:20 AM Anonymous Steve said...

And there was much rejoicing . . .

at 10:43 AM Anonymous Pat said...

By "continuous tenure", I assume you mean in regards to contracts? Or, rather, is that the team's commitment to the player? I simply find it hard to believe the Reds place Ryan Freel higher on the proverbial pecking order than Aaron Harang or Brandon Phillips. The Reds are plentiful on outfielders, assuming that's where Freel will continue to play, and short on starting pitching. Also, the Reds granting Phillips his long-term deal shows the commitment they have to him. Perhaps I am wrong. It wouldn't be the first time.

at 11:24 AM Blogger BigRade said...

I think by continuous tenure he means who's been here the longest without leaving.

at 11:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contentious nature means hard to get along with, easily aggrivated, ready to argue anytime.

at 11:39 AM Blogger Bryan said...

I think that continuous service means who has been with the team the longest.

at 12:37 PM Blogger Andrew said...

John just wondering if the players are saying anything about the possible move to Goodyear, AZ?

The season is finally here!

at 1:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pre-season is finally here!

John, now that you've listed the longest tenured Reds players, how about listing the FATTEST pitchers?

Anyone gain flab over the winter? Stanton doing many wind sprints?

at 1:52 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

Juan Castro reports that his elbow (he had Tommy John surgery on July 31) is a 80 percent.

He also reports that his bat will be back to its normal 17% by opening day.

at 1:55 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

The "continuous" point is to distinguish Belisle from Castro and Kent Mercker, who have more time in a Reds uniform, overall.

at 8:37 PM Anonymous redfuture said...

Here is a link to a tremendous article about Baker and interview with WK by Jason Stark.

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