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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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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Couple of notes

--On second thought, the Reds decided to keep Bronson Arroyo his turn and give the extra rest to Johnny Cueto. That gives Cueto two bullpen sessions, instead of one between starts. Dusty Baker is trying to get Mario Soto in to work with Cueto. Soto was supposed to come in once a month. That's no slight of pitching coach Dick Pole.

"Mario helped raise this young man," Baker said.

Bronson Arroyo will start Sunday in Atlanta. Cueto will Tuesday at home vs. the Cubs.

--I asked Jeff Keppinger about the base-running blunder last night. He saw Corey Patterson wave.

"I thought he was waving me back," Keppinger said. "He was waving Brandon (Phillips) to get to second."


at 1:11 PM Blogger The Dunce Cap Marvel said...

Hopefully Soto can come in and right the ship with Johnny.

at 1:17 PM Blogger RyanRico said...

All -

Saw an article today that Matt Morris 'interests' Walt Jocketty. WHY would Matt Morris interest Walt Jocketty? Here comes another Todd Wellemeyer / Kip Wells / Josh Fogg panick signing with absolutely no rationale, I can feel it.

My fear w/ Jocketty in the lead chair is he's going to build us another Cardinal organization reincarnate...full of flimsy veterans on their last legs. See Rolen, Edmonds, Kip Wells, So Taguchi, etc... We don't need that, y'all. Build through young players and let them play, Cueto, Volquez, Votto, Bruce, Bailey...that is how we will compete year-in, year-out.

at 1:41 PM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

funny, i thought he was just saying hi

at 1:43 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

John...I noticed Gill is no longer on the Bats roster. What happened to him?

at 1:54 PM Blogger gannfan said...

I agree the way to win year in and year out is to draft and develop talent and trade for prospects.

But didn't Jocketty and Castellini say they want to win NOW?

I hope they think long and hard before they bail out the Rats and sign Matty Mo.

at 2:08 PM Blogger Steve said...

My fear w/ Jocketty in the lead chair is he's going to build us another Cardinal organization reincarnate...full of flimsy veterans on their last legs...

Fear? In 13 years, Jocketty's Cardinals won seven division titles, two NL Championships and one World Series. What have the Reds done in the last 13 years?

at 2:08 PM Blogger HoosierVirg said...

Gil is with the Lookouts.

at 2:27 PM Blogger Craig said...

Without even looking up the stats I can tell you that Edmonds was more than a flimsy veteran when he played for St. Louis. He is a flimsy veteran now though.

at 3:30 PM Blogger Don said...

I am really getting sick of seeing Keppinger swing at first pitches with runners on base and subsequently grounding into a double play.

at 3:42 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

Last I looked, Tampa Bay has plenty of young players and that team stinks every year. Young players are obviously not the only answer. You need a good core of players and surround them with solid (not ancient) veteran role-players. And pitching. You can never have enough of that.

at 6:21 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

John Fay, did you do what I suggested and talk to Kyle Lohse for five minutes?

at 7:16 PM Blogger oldtimer said...


Thanks for asking Kepp what happened. I saw the same thing on the tube last night and read it the same way, Patterson was waving to Kepp to retreat, and Kepp, being a team guy, took it at face value and headed back, giving Patterson third. I criticize Patterson for not returning to the bag and giving a confusing hand sign. He also didn't play the play out. Kepp got ripped all over the place this morning, nice to know his move had some sense to it.

Again, thanks for posting the insight.

at 10:20 PM Blogger david said...

If Phillips doesnt ground it to 3B the whole Keppinger ordeal does not happen. Situational hitting does not click with this team. Griffey and Done have no clue how to use the field in situations. They feel sooner or later that first basemen is going to miss my two hopper, wrong.

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