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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Graves sighting

As Hal McCoy and I were making our way from the field to the Reds clubhouse, we ran into Danny Graves. That Danny Graves.

Graves was wearing a No. 60 Minnesota Twins uniform. He just signed a minor league deal with the Twins three days ago.

“I was sitting home waiting,” he said. “They told me to come in. They asked me if I could pitch Sunday. I said, ‘This Sunday? Sure.’ Then today they asked if I could go two innings.”

He did.

He went 1-2-3 and threw only five pitches on the first. He gave up an infield single and two-run homer in the second.

Graves spent last year with the Long Island Ducks. He led the independent Atlantic League in saves. He was big league camp with the Colorado Rockies last year before getting released.

Since the Reds released him May 23, 2005, Graves has been with the New York Mets, the Cleveland Indians and Rockies. He’s gotten precious little big league time.

“We’ll see how this works out,” he said.


14 Comments:

at 5:38 PM Blogger Scottyb said...

I always loved that Guy I hope that he makes a successful comeback this year

 
at 6:12 PM Blogger Lets Talk Reds Blogger said...

Danny Graves from graces has been unbelievable. For his sake I hope something works out (as long as he never wears a Reds uniform again).

John,

There is an article from the NY Daily News that talks about Hamilton being resented in the clubhouse last year. Did you ever get that feeling?

Mike,
LetsTalkReds.com

Here is the link: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/2008/03/23/2008-03-23_dusty_baker_returns_with_upstart_reds.html?page=0

 
at 6:48 PM Blogger MJ said...

Its good to see Graves getting another shot. He has fallen so far off the radar since his release from the Reds folks wondered if he was still alive. Hope he makes it because I've always been a fan.

 
at 6:53 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

What is Hopper batting this spring?

 
at 7:18 PM Blogger docproc said...

Can't believe he's still trying.

Nice guy, but I can't forget that he flipped off our fans on his way out.

 
at 8:14 PM Blogger SparkysGhost said...

Has anyone noticed that the two guys whose previously successful approaches Baker decided needed changing this spring (Votto and Dunn) are both hitting under .200?

Baker's Motto: If it ain't broke, break it.

Great...

 
at 8:40 PM Blogger redfuture said...

Wonder if he ever visits the Nationals (Reds East) to visit Bob Boone & Jim Bowden. You know the guys that ruined his career by converting him to a starter.

 
at 10:55 PM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

He needs to retire.

Is he broke?

 
at 11:46 PM Blogger reds75 said...

I've never completely blamed Graves for flipping off the fans. The guy had his career ruined by being a team player and agreeing to become a starter. He was never the same after that. All he got for it was booed by the fans. I'd have been tempted to do the same thing he did.

 
at 9:18 AM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

If anything ruin his career it was being too stubborn to learn to pitch from a wind-up.

 
at 9:31 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Graves was terrible.

 
at 9:31 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Spring training belongs in Florida.

 
at 9:38 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Affeldt sucks. Krivsky stikes again!

 
at 12:12 PM Blogger MJ said...

Up till a couple weeks ago I hadn't seen my lawn in over 100 days so I don't care where spring is as long as it gets here soon.

 
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