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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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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Comment moderation

Sorry blog fans, but we had to go back to comment moderation, and I highly doubt we'll ever return to open commenting after this latest episode. We tried to open up the floor because John was away, and because this blog is by far our most popular in terms of comments, but we couldn't even do that for a couple hours without the blog degenerating into a childish display. Sometimes it's hard to believe adults can act this way, but it is what it is. For the people who want a civil discussion and yes, even civil debate, I apologize for the move, and for having to read through personal attacks that are nothing other than a waste of your time. A few bad apples have spoiled the whole bunch.


59 Comments:

at 6:06 PM Blogger Ron said...

I generally don't start posting my 'lineup'. However...I think I would like to see EE hitting 4th right about now...dude is killing the ball, and maybe...ahhh I hate to suggest it, but switch BP to 6th?! I have been a hesitant fan of flip flopping Junior and Dunn simply because of Dunn's BBs...Griff is a 3, no doubt, but right now I'd like to see Kepp in the 2, Dunner getting the BBs, then EE and Junior bringing them home! Not to mention we then have BP hitting between Junior and Votto, so hopefully that stroke comes back!

Redlegs!!!

 
at 6:51 PM Blogger ryan said...

Lets go reds! We need some wins

 
at 7:03 PM Blogger ST fan said...

This team doesn't have speed. So how about
Kepp
Dunn
BP
Jr
EE
Votto
Pat/Hoop/Freel
Catcher
Pitcher

Kepp and Dunn at least can get on base for the sluggers.

 
at 7:32 PM Blogger Matt said...

I agree with you on BP. You reduce the pressure a bit. Edwin's not struck out too much. He's also one of the better extra base hitters we have and is not terribly prone to double plays so him hitting with a man on first is fine (It would happen often in your scenario - see Dunn's OBP).

 
at 7:38 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

I cant beleive Volquez isnt throwing a no hitter.

Hamilton would be doing so much more.

 
at 7:40 PM Blogger robdicken said...

I'm not sure what Hairston was thinking when taking off on that fly ball to center in the first.

BP continues to struggle. He'll come around.

 
at 7:43 PM Blogger Hara M. Fard said...

How many million dollar mistakes by Krivsky outweight Volquez and Phillips acquisitions?

Krivsky is like a mad genius/idiot savant, he can't judge talent well MOST of the time, and throws money around like it isn't his (heh heh), and then he goes and gets Phillips and Volquez as if he's Boston's no-miss GM...

But the Reds have really treated Hopper poorly, given his talent and actual play last year, and so I'm losing even more respect for them, and if they demote him without giving him a better look, well, I'll stop buying tickets yet again.

It's one thing to lose, quite another to have no class.

Hopper is much better than Corey Patterson, who is grossly overpaid and doesn't deserve to be in the majors.

 
at 7:47 PM Blogger Ron said...

I think that we have a lot of speed, but the thing is, I don't feel that speed guys are hitting and generally getting on bas right now. That is why I'd like the flip flop of BP and EE and Junior and Dunner. Even though naturally, Jr and Dunn belong where they are.

How about Harriston staring off tonight? i was surprised by that.

Well, i am down with whatever gets us some w's though.

Redlegs!!!

matt, I think the pressure off of BP is smart..he puts a lot on himself, as does EE...my theory is put the loose/hot one that is currently hitting in the 4, and the other will cathc fire in the 6 between Joey and Junior or Dunn.

 
at 7:54 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

It' s very clear BP is the leadoff guy.

1.BP
2.Who ever plays CF.Freel,Hops,Patterson,or Hairston
3.EE
4.GRiff
5.Dunn
6.Kepp
7.Votto
8.Bako/Ross/Javy
9.Pitcher

Really this lineup could be deadly & would bring continuity,something much needed.Making hitters get comfortable with their spot's in the batting order & on the field.

I can't stand the mixing of the batting order or lineup.Put the same guys,doing the same stuff out there day after day,night after night & we will see results.(Until they stink of course,then they get replaced).

To much tinkering & not enough continuity.

 
at 8:46 PM Blogger robdicken said...

If that Jerry Hairston, Jr doesn't know how to hit, he's sure surprising me tonight!

 
at 8:52 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

Hairston is putting on quite a show tonight. One game wonder or the CF solution until Bruce is called up?

Dunn is showing why he instead Hamilton should of ended up with the Rangers. Oh well, at least the Reds have Volquez. The Reds need him more than another left hand hitting outfielder.

 
at 9:11 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Kepp
BP
VOTTO
Griff
Dunn
EE
CF
Bako
P

Votto is the man and protected by Griff will just be better.

 
at 9:26 PM Blogger Greg said...

i'm not going to jump on the Harriston bandwagon, yet... (just like i'm not going to get on Belisle's case) but man what a difference it makes when your lead off guy gets on base.

and re: comment moderation... i was going to stop reading this blog as of earlier today b/c of the extreme negativity on here. this refreshing to see.. i'll keep reading for a few more days... to see how it goes.

 
at 9:28 PM Blogger Chillicothe redfan said...

Hairston showing us why he was brought up. Great to see some production from the leadoff man...

Volquez, Cueto, and Harang have been pitching great this year. I think that, by the middle of June, we'll see Bailey in the rotation as well. We may not win the Central this year (although we're not out of it by any stretch of the imagination), but the future looks good for this team.

I must also say that I am so happy for Paul Bako. He's done a great job in a Reds uniform this year, certainly better than we would have had from Ross.

 
at 9:31 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

What is Votto even doing on this team? We all know that Cantu should be at first. Votto and Bailey should be in Balty because we cannot win unless we can get Bedard to be on our DL.

Really, what is this team thinking playing Griffey and Dunn? the only reason they play is because we pay them, and they like the game. really.

And where are Bench and Rose? and the 1990 version of Rob Dibble? where are these guys, while we are talking about things out of wayne's control.

Volquez... all he is doing is shutting down a 9 run team tonight. Where are ya Jose Guillen?

I get to scout Kearns 229, Pena 100 and Lopez 269 tomorrow. You know we should have kept all those guys too.

 
at 9:41 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Oh you relentless whiners.

Yesterday everybody clamoring about Cantu, read this one and weep:

3B Jorge Cantu had a temporary protection order filed against him last week in a domestic violence allegation and has a Wednesday court date in Pinellas County. Cantu said his legal problems would not require him to miss any games.

 
at 9:41 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

Volquez, he lost like 2-3 games in Tee Ball, hard to believe we traded Mantle for him.

Wake up Cincy, we could have had Bedard on our DL. wait, I did that wrong.

You think we should trade Harrang now? I can just see Steve Stone joining Marty in the booth. Dusty just wants all his friends with him...

 
at 9:43 PM Blogger ryan said...

look at the redlegs! the bats may have come out of their coffins! lets win ten strait!

 
at 9:48 PM Blogger Joe said...

Great outing by Volquez, but you did not need me to tell you that.

A lot of ground ball outs thrown by Edinson.

I hated to see Hamilton go, but I love to see Edinson in a Reds uniform! Good trade for both teams so far.

 
at 10:00 PM OpenID r2theoman said...

When was the last time a Red's pitcher had a 13:1 ground ball:fly ball ratio in a start? Seriously.

 
at 10:01 PM OpenID PJFan821 said...

What happened to George Grande on TV? Not that I mind, just curious.

 
at 10:12 PM Blogger Tony B said...

lou pinella has his own county?

 
at 10:23 PM Blogger robdicken said...

reaganspad...HAHAHA! You're killing man!

What an awesome game to watch! Tons of production, great pitching!

DOWN WITH THE DINOSAURS!! LOL

 
at 10:28 PM Blogger redsfanwoody said...

I think what's getting lost in Volquez great start is the hitting of one Joey Votto. It's amazing to see how the ball jumps off his bat. Seems like his swing wouldn't produce such a result. By that I mean it looks like such a controlled effortless swing.

 
at 10:30 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Jorge Cantu .338 with 3 home runs for the Florida Marlins. I weep every time I think of The Amazing Krivsky giving him away when we don't have a decent RH hitter on the bench.

Great game tonight, still 9-12 with Arroyo pitching tomorrow. Hairston a real surprise tonight. Lets hope it continues, not likely based on his previous 10 seasons.
ST CSA

 
at 10:32 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

I think Dusty could go a lot of different routes,but I really think he should just stick to one route.

No more confusing the player.let a player come to the field with an idea of what he is to do,practice at it, & know exactly what his job is.It helps with the cohesiveness of the team.Everyone then knows what they're role is.If a player stinks it up,then his position & batting spot become competion for other players.

there are still a lot of answers to be answered.
1.Livingston
2.Ross
3.Gonzo or kepp
4.Bailey
5.Bruce
6.EE or kepp
7.kepp or Gonzo/EE

 
at 10:50 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Why is anyone worried about Gonzalez? He is a long way from coming back if at all this season. There is no longer any question who the starting SS on this team is.

Livingston is a non factor in anything this season.

One win and everything is fixed with this team. Good stat padding game.
ST CSA

 
at 11:23 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Jorge Cantu .338 with 3 home runs for the Florida Marlins. I weep every time I think of The Amazing Krivsky giving him away when we don't have a decent RH hitter on the bench.

For the 785th time. Cantu doesn't hit left handed pitching. He only hits righties well. Do your homework.

 
at 12:04 AM Blogger Dave said...

Hairston's hardly an infielder, much less a CF...but who cares?! He's our new leadoff guy, forget Patterson. And kudos to all who said he couldn't hit - no, I don't expect him to do much for the entire season, but much like Bako, ride the hot bat until Bruce is ready for full-time action. Dunn is finally hitting the ball hard to LF - he'll wake up this week, and May is coming - look for Jr. to heat up. I wanted to see Hamilton do well, but who cares? Volquez will make all but a few bloggers forget he was here. We are starting to turn the corner, and the upcoming schedule is just what we need.

 
at 12:07 AM Blogger Aaron said...

Cheviot, are you weeping about the amazing Krivsky acquiring Volquez? THis guy reminded me of Jose Rijo out there tonight, such was his stuff and demeanor. That comparison might be premature but I think Krivsky deserves props for pulling the deal and getting Hamilton for a song in the first place which allowed this to happen. Get over Cantu! He would not fit on this teams roster and he wasn't interested in a bench role.

 
at 12:18 AM Blogger NVreds said...

cantu also has 5 errors. I wonder if he even wanted a bench role given he's due for arbitration. maybe he wanted to be released. ever think of that?

Of course I would take him, but jeez man let him go, talk about a really small detail to harp on. at the time the reds didnt want him taking playing time away from keppinger, didnt want to pay him, and he probably didnt want a bench role anyway. plus if we kept him i bet votto starts the year in AAA, and we still have a cantu/hatte timeshare. gonzo's injury is really what opened the spot up anyway, that was something they didnt see coming.

I love votto's swing, its compact, he hits the other way, he has power to both gaps, and he can jack it 466ft. That kind of bat is common, until you consider that he also makes really good contact and has .300 avg potential. That kind of bat is rare. expect really good numbers from this kid. He will eventually move up in the order, but that doesnt have to happen right away.

The juggling of the lineup really doesnt bother me much, all teams do it.

krivsky has cost this team some money, but its nothing compared to other GMs. he hasnt made a eric milton type mistake yet. Also he hasnt had a trade like casey for williams. those are just examples from THIS team.

Of the teams we've played, we've faced that teams ace(s) each time (Webb/haren, hamels, sheets/gallardo, gorzelanny/maholm, penny, zambrano) and we're only 3 below .500, the pittsburg guys aren't great, but they aint bad either.

Homer & gonzo (.270 avg isnt bad for a +def SS) will help this team when they get here. Bruce i think we should be patient with.

 
at 12:34 AM Blogger Ruben Ma-Te-O said...

Ruben Ma-TAY-O says...
great call by CSA. I agree with you totally. Let's not all jump on the Hairston wagon train just yet...his previous 10 seasons prove that he's a journeyman, and a temp. band-aid at best. A couple of weeks in the league and they'll have him figured out; where to pitch him to get him out. Stats DO tell the story, that's why they keep 'em! Not to say he's NOT an improvement over 'Manos de Oro', 'cause he is. That tired story got old real quick this year. He's had a few good Reds highlights over the years, like beating the Yankees a couple of seasons ago on a base hit in extra innings, but it's time to cut the dead wood.
Also, I predict Belisle will go 0-3 his next three starts, ('cause Kriv will give him that much), and they'll bring Bailey up when they're 14W-22L; I just hope we're not 10 back of the Cubs or Cards by then.

 
at 12:44 AM Blogger NC Reds Fan said...

Yeah Cheviot, Cantu is the missing part to the puzzle, so is Brendon Harris he should have never have been let go, Phillips wouldn't do as good as him. And Aaron Boone, that too, be should have never traded him to the Yankees. And Jose Guillen, who did we ever get in return for him. And Sean Casey, and Demitri Young, and Mike Cammeron, and Austin Kearns, and Felipe Lopez, and Ryan Wagner, and Joe Morgan, why o why did we ever trade Joe. Thats what this team is missing. Stupid WK, I guess he just happened to fall in to that job. GIVE ME A BREAK. LET IT GO, WE HAVE THE PLAYERS WE HAVE FOR A REASON, LIKE IT OR NOT. THERES MOVES THAT I DON'T LIKE, BUT THE PEOPLE MAKING THE MOVES ARE PAYED TO DO THAT BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. I DON'T SEE BOB C KNOCKEN YOUR DOOR DOWN TO BE THE GM. IF YOU'D LIKE TO FOLLOW CANTU THE GO TO FLORDIA AND START THE FAN CLUD BUT GIVE THE REST OF US ON HERE THAT WOULD LIKE TO CHEER FOR THE REDS AND NOT FORMER REDS A BREAK

 
at 12:45 AM Blogger JerBear said...

Being upset that the Reds don't have Jorge Cantu reminds me of the fan who thought it was such a terrible move last year that the Reds let go of Brendan Harris who was batting like .330 for awhile before ending up at a respectable .286.

The Rays ended up letting him go to Minnesota.

The point is you can't keep everyone. Everyone lets decent players go...and the bigger point...do people really think letting Jorge Cantu go was some big mistake? He's not a bad player, but come on. There's no need to bring up something for the sake of just arguing or trying to prove some remote point.


Finally, I still feel injustice for Norris Hopper. Nice game by Hairston tonight. I give him credit for giving the Reds a spark.

But I would almost gurantee you the Reds would score more runs if Hopper was given the Centerfield job and played most games in the next two weeks.

I don't mind Dusty Baker, but we need to make sure he doesn't hold down Hopper with mediocre ex-Cubs!

 
at 12:53 AM Blogger Ruben Ma-Te-O said...

Hey redsfanwoody...how long have you followed the Reds?
Remember Paul Moskau???
How do you think today's staff compares to that of, oh, say 1984?
NAME GAMES ERA GS L W
Bruce Berenyi 13 6.00 11 7 3
Tom Browning 3 1.54 3 0 1
Keefe Cato 8 8.04 0 1 0
John Franco 54 2.61 0 2 6
Tom Hume 54 5.64 8 13 4
Brad Lesley 16 5.12 0 1 0
Andy McGaffigan 9 5.48 3 2 0
Bob Owchinko 49 4.12 4 5 3
Frank Pastore 24 6.50 16 8 3
Ted Power 78 2.82 0 7 9
Joe Price 30 4.19 30 13 7
Charlie Puleo 5 5.73 4 2 1
Ron Robinson 12 2.72 5 2 1
Jeff Russell 33 4.26 30 18 6
Bill Scherrer 36 4.99 0 1 1
Mike Smith 8 5.23 0 0 1
Mario Soto 33 3.53 33 7 18
Jay Tibbs 14 2.86 14 2 6
Freddie Toliver 3 0.90 1 0 0
Carl Willis 7 3.72 0 1 0

 
at 7:43 AM Blogger Tucker said...

One victory for a victory starved team. we beat a pitcher coming off 2 Tommy John surgeries by the way. Cheviot Sports makes a great deal of sense, I dont know why Mr Krivsky was so quick to pull the trigger on Cantu, the young man has great potential and a bat the team desperately needs.For me, Hairston, Patterson, Castro are all one in the same

I think this team will do a little bit better than last year..not much and hopefully next year when we free up salary money by saying goodbye to Griffey and Dunn, we might even be a contender

 
at 7:56 AM Blogger reaganspad said...

Now the question is, would you trade Volquez for Hamilton? I don't think so...

And Votto (isn't he in Balty) for our prized lefty on the DL Bedard.

Cantu can't do.

Looking forward to Ross back with Bronson tonight. watch for a great game by Arroyo. Now we just need AGon

 
at 8:08 AM Blogger jdeezman said...

THere is no way anyone should jump on the Hairston bandwagon yet... that would be nuts!
Love his start and I hope he just keeps right on doing it, but history tells us different.

The Volquez trade is looking great for us. Pitching is the key in MLB, and if we can get Arroyo and the #5 slot to pitch at least adequately, we have a chance to contend.

If we had kept Hamilton and Cantu, we'd have the same thing as we had last year... decent offense and no pitching.

What does that equal?

A continuation of losing seasons, which is what I thought we DIDN'T want.

As far as the moderation goes... told you so. The resident idiots just can't help themselves and REQUIRE policing.
Unfortunately, yesteday proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt.

 
at 8:45 AM Blogger robdicken said...

Hey Richie...I think you have mentioned this before...but doesn't Jorge Cantu suck? HAHA! Thought so!

All I know, is that I hope this win can carry over to tonight and the same kind of offense shows up. Cueto is on the mound, and the kid deserves his second win of the season since the hitting has blown it for him 2 times already.

 
at 8:56 AM Blogger redsfanwoody said...

I have followed the Reds since mid 70's. Made a simple comment about a guys bat. Not sure what if anything your point is Mateo.

 
at 9:15 AM Blogger Red Faced said...

Had to throw my 2 cents in the mix.

Comment Moderation - we all saw it coming. No big deal given the circumstances.

Hairston looked good last night and I do agree that he's not a long term solution but while he has a hot bat we should ride it because boy do we need one.

Dunn had 2 hits to the Opposite field last night! Wow, that's big for him and this team if he can continue to go with the away pitch and be productive with it. He started out the Spring doing this and I was all excited but then fell into that awful rut after Dusty said he needed to be more aggressive. It still blows my mind that his OBP is over 200 pts higher than his avg. Hope tonight was a sign of the Big Donkey starting to heat up again.

Volquez - looked pretty good, too many walks, a few too many high pitch count early innings but he settled in, got the DP groundball when he needed it and decent strike outs. Can't ask for more from your starter. I really liked Hamilton and I was sorry to see him go but I have never questioned this trade because I knew it was bringing us a high potential starter. I think the trade has worked out for both teams and I wouldn't be surprised if we look back and think we got the better end of the deal in 5 years.

EE looks to be heating up and Votto is killing the ball. He should likely bat 4th and not 7th, at least 5th.

Keppinger is our starting SS even when AGon comes back which I doubt will be until June at the earliest.

I have to say I was wrong on Belisle. I thought he'd have a break out year for us and he looked bad in spring and his first start he looked like a deer in the headlights. I hope he can turn it around but my faith in him is very low. Here's hoping Bailey continues his progress in AAA.

quick shots:

Hopper should get more playing time.

Patterson should get less and yes he is extremely overpaid.

Hatteburg should be traded.

Valentine isn't needed and should be traded.

I'm not sure how much longer Fogg lasts.

Cantu was given away but he's also not the answer so can we move on here?

I'm talked way too much already. Go Reds.

 
at 9:18 AM Blogger Clueless Krivsky said...

I don't think anybody has ever suggested that Cantu be starting, and I don't think anybody ever suggested Branden Harris be starting. I think the thing that upsets people the most is that we got nothing in return for these guys, and both would have solid bench players.

Last year Harris would have helped us off the bench, and this Cantu would have already helped us off the bench.

Some of you need to quit trying to twist others words around in order to act like an "I told you so" expert!

And I still get a good laugh from those who think Patterson shouldn't be in the majors. Doesn't he lead this team in extra base hits?

 
at 9:37 AM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

If there was ever a day for Bronson to have a good start its today. A good outing today and a win, plus Cueto going tomorrow could be a sweep in the making. But it all hinges on Arroyo. Hes got to have a good game sooner or later right?

This next 5 vs HOU and SF is a chance to get back to .500

 
at 9:53 AM OpenID dbltbl550 said...

It is truly ridiculous that this site has to go to comment moderation! This is a blog! Just because someone does not agree with comments and feel they have to moderate them is beyond comprehension. Most persons will take the “bad apples” with a grain of salt. Let the person make a fool of themselves. I do not and cannot understand why you have to go to such extremes and moderate free speech in a forum such as this. (By the way my moniker is not JackBlueAsh or whatever he wants to call himself)

Yes, I do understand you want to promote intelligent baseball conversations and do not like the personal attacks, but again this is what happens in America!

So let the people speak. And let the “bad apples” continue to make fools of themselves!

 
at 10:25 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Hard for Cantu to make errors on the bench. Since when does management release players because they want to play regular? I am sure that Ryan Freel and everyone else on the bench would prefer to start everyday.
I personally couldn't care less about Jorge Cantu. It is just another instance of where The Amazing Krivsky has made an extraordinarily bad move.
Perhaps if Cantu were here he could play LF on occasion and spell Votto at 1B, Phillips at 2B and EE at third . Who would you prefer on this bench when you need a big hit, Freel, Patterson, Hairston, Hopper or Cantu?

Volquez, has looked great. I have never criticized that move, but I will withhold judgment until Volquez gets a season in.

This team now has 3 starting pitures, a closer and a couple of guys who may be capable in middle relief. Better than last year but hardly enough.
The team on the field does not work. Team can not contend with the soft lazy dinosaurs in the corners and a sack of retreads in CF and NO catcher. Get real boys, it don't work and its on your boy The Amazing Krivsky.
St CSA

 
at 10:50 AM Blogger redsfanwoody said...

Mateo,
Not a bad group of pichers when you take in the names. Maybe what 5 or 6 of those guys had decent and above careers. Maybe for once the Reds have struck some gold with the pitching. Can't remember the last time Moskau crossed my mind.

 
at 11:20 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Too bad this blog is so slow. You could have heard it here first A GREAT DAY FOR CINCINNATI BASEBALL!

THE AMAZING KRIVSKY IS GONE!
ST CSA

 
at 11:25 AM Blogger Brian said...

Krivsky's got the boot and Jocketty's the guy.

 
at 11:31 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Big News for Reds Fans and nothing yet on this pathetic blog. Good Job Mr Curtis or whoever is in charge.
St CSA

 
at 12:00 PM Blogger IndyCat said...

Let the heckling of Walt Jocketty begin!!!!

 
at 12:10 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Looks like my prediction of the first GM fired this year was right on the money as usual. I must admit even I didn't think it would come this quick. Maybe there is still hope for this season after all.
St CSA

 
at 12:16 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Yes it was moves like signing Bronson Arroyo, Ryan Freel, Mike Stanton, Chris Hammond, Rheal Cormier, Corie Patterson and dozens of others that greatly contributed to the fall of The Amazing Krivsky. It was also moves like releasing Jorge Cantu that contributed.
St CSA

 
at 12:19 PM Blogger Dan said...

Hey! Krivsky was fired!

Somebody with access to "Reds Insider" gonna blog that?

 
at 12:30 PM Blogger Scorp said...

Why no mention of the Krivsky firing? To me, that's the big news of the day. I guess he didn't have enough 'Win Now' attitude.

 
at 12:35 PM Blogger Tucker said...

No offense Mr Deezman, but are we not losing now? I think its rather premature to critique any trade . We had the opportunity to watch Josh Hamilton and meet his family, he truly is a good guy and appears to be a great player. Its unfortunate we lacked the funds to get pitching without having to trade away talent.

I dont think its necessary to try and understand the reasons for Mr Krivskys termination, we only are privy to so much. Needless to say, Joketty is a winner and experienced. Let us keep our fingers crossed thank you

T

 
at 12:40 PM Blogger Tucker said...

I must admit that I was not shocked to hear that Cantu was doing so well. For the life of me I could not understand why we got him and then did not give him the opportunity to play. We certainly could use his punch with this lineup

Hopefully Walt will do something with the outfield, I like Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey but it seems we try too hard to make excuses for their performance every year. Maybe we should go with youth like Bruce and free up some salary by trading our older less productive players. thanks again

T

 
at 1:23 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Jack...err... I mean Tucker...

Having been a Reds fan since the
60's, and going through the ups and downs of this franchise for 40 years now (even though I don't go to 40 games a year with stale pretzels and bottled water), I feel very qualified in saying that a lack of patience will hurt this franchises future.

Be careful what you Krivsky hater wish for.
We finally have a farm system that is capable of producing talent to make us a perennial winner... so what happens?
Castellini get impatient, fires a GM that has built PROVEN WINNERS IN SMALL MARKET CITIES, and replaces him with Walt Jocketty.

Walt Jocketty DID have winners in St. Louis... and why do you think they got rid of him?

Were they tired of him, did they need a fresh face?

No!!!
They got rid of him because he RAPED their farm system and made tons of bad trades for players past their primes... etc.

The current St. Louis ownership knew that their World Series victory a few years back was a total fluke, and they jettisoned Jocketty.
Watch what happens.... this team might have some success at first, but then Jocketty will do what he has done everywhere else he's been... mortgage the future for the present.

Then what will you people have to gripe about then?

 
at 1:37 PM OpenID dbltbl550 said...

I am not surprised to see that my earlier blog comments did not make it past your moderator. It was not negative towards any poster (as per your rule). It was only a comment on your new policy. This truly supports my position. I can now envision this blog censoring any and all negative comments towards management and or players. If you want to promote clear and concise baseball conversations, how can you do this if every post has to clear the p/c gods?

 
at 2:55 PM Blogger Tucker said...

Mr Deezman,

I think you have me confused with another poster.

If I am correct, Walt Jocketty was one of the most highly respected GMs in baseball and the man has won numerous awards

WKrivsky was an assistant GM and helped to build a credible organization in 1 small market..not many as you suggest

Mr O Brien was the initiator of improving our farm system

I would suggest to you that this franchise is already , and has been in disarray, perhaps you have not been paying attention to our record for the past half decade

Bob Castellini is a winner as is Jocketty and hopefully they can turn this once proud franchise around..thank you

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