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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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Monday, March 24, 2008

Big start for Homer

Is tonight's game a big start for Homer Bailey?
"Yeah, it's a big start for Homer,"said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "It's not do or die, but it could sure help his cause a lot."
Baker didn't say as much, but some other things would probably have to happen for Bailey to win a spot in the rotation. Something like a sore arm for either Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez or Josh Fogg.
Much has been made this spring of wanting to make sure prospects are ready when called to the big leagues. It's the company line on center fielder Jay Bruce, for example.
If "readiness" were the measuring stick last year, there is no way Bailey would have been called up. The Reds needed a healing moment last summer, to reconnect the alienated fan base to the faltering team, and Bailey provided it.
But the call-up ran totally counter to what has been expressed by the brass this spring.


5 Comments:

at 6:43 PM Blogger cincikid said...

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I agree with your post on why Homer was brought up last season. He definetely was a bright spot on a bad year. I was nice to see the excitement of Reds fans when he pitched last season.
I'm alittle surprised that he is still being mentioned as the #5 SP in the Rotation. It makes me wonder if someone is sore that they are not talking about. Maybe Fogg. Especially with Belisle proclaiming to be back from injury.

 
at 6:49 PM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

This wasn't in the post that talked about Ross earlier, I just wanted to know how he performed yesterday. I heard he was supposed to catch 5 innings in a minor league game, just trying to figure out if that happened.

 
at 7:02 PM Blogger Eric said...

As much as I'd love to see him in the rotation (or the bullpen for that matter) I think it would so him well to get some innings in the minors out of the spotlight because the reds will be under huge pressure at the start of the season...Cincinnati will be a bit more forgiving post all star break regardless of wins or losses and I think with injuries or select poor performances there will be spots for a hopefully hot Homer Bailey and Jay Bruce...and maybe josh roenekie...

 
at 7:17 PM Blogger hebs said...

Good start for Homer:

2 ground balls, including a DP

 
at 7:23 PM Blogger hebs said...

bottom of the first-

Deja vu!

 
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