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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 29, 2008

Remember the rules

I'm rejecting a lot of posts lately. Don't use another posters name in a post. Try to be civil. You can be a negative as you want about the Reds. Just don't be nasty.


25 Comments:

at 7:59 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

It would take about a month for a couple guys to develop a much more sophisticated blog which would give the owner a lot more control over the nonsense. Too bad it's not being pursued by Cincinnati.com

 
at 8:57 PM Blogger Mike said...

John,

Any updates on the game. How did that first inning double play look for those who cant watch? Running error??

Thanks for the blog.

 
at 9:16 PM Blogger ExactlyEsasky said...

Adam Dunn. Honest to freaking God.

I'm sorry, but I just can't take what a bad baseball player he is. I've watched about 10 games thus far, and I've seen him lollygag at least twice in situations where he could have advanced another base and I've seen him absolutely stink it up in left field at least six times. People who care about getting better just don't keep stinking this much. They just don't. Manny Ramirez is a much better left fielder than Dunn.

I think Dunn is an okay hitter, and certainly he's a slugger, but I wish to God we had traded him when he had some value. He costs the Reds runs with stone hands, a below average arm, a frankly lazy approach in the OF (don't tell me otherwise--the video don't lie), and a one-dimensional show at the plate. Other GM's must see this... and they probably know that his 40 dingers at GABP only amount to 31 at real ballparks.

He's a big HR hitter... but he's just not a good player. What a disappointment.

 
at 9:21 PM Blogger Steve said...

Can we talk about how nasty Dunn's defense has become? June 15th can't get here soon enough. I've had it with this guy.

 
at 9:25 PM Blogger Chris Sabo said...

ouch cueto...looks like we'll be seeing Josh Fogg tonight?

 
at 9:29 PM Blogger Mike said...

One way to kill a winning streak:

1) Boneheaded baserunning
2) Walk guys
3) Horrible defense
4) Bad luck

 
at 9:34 PM Blogger Rob said...

The Reds' current troubles are directly related to the ineptness of their farm system during the Jim Bowden years. They have had very little talent in the minors to fill the roster and have had to make trade after trade to field a rotation. The Reds have only 3 home grown players on their current 25 man roster. That is a direct result of the inability of Bowden's regime to draft and develop talented prospects.
O' Brien and Krivsky drafted much better than Bowden, but it still will take the big league team a few years to see the improvements those men made to the Reds' minor league system.

 
at 9:41 PM Blogger Bearcat Joel said...

It would take about one minute for people to lose the attitude, treat folks with respect, and allow John and the staff to better utilize their time!

 
at 9:56 PM Blogger NVreds said...

dont know if this is possible, but i would post a link that outlines your rules and etiquette for the blog somewhere where everyone can see it and read it. that way its not just periodic posts that try and establish rules.

 
at 10:10 PM Blogger BRM7576 said...

It will be interesting to see what the Reds do with done. If he doesn't want to be here long-term, we need to move him - I'd hate to see us lose him and get nothing for him. The problem is he is probably at the bottom of his value right now. In a perfect world, he'd get hot in May, put up some numbers, we move him in June and bring up Jay Bruce.

 
at 10:19 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Dinosauers are good tonight, aren't they?
St CSA

 
at 10:20 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Any truth to the Dunn for Cantu rumors?
St CSA

 
at 10:33 PM Blogger ankurv5 said...

It's unfortunate that Cueto had some bad luck. But it was also just plain horrible that I'm sitting at home guessing (correctly) what his next pitch is going to be. Isn't that on Bako to go out and calm him down to slow down the game? I haven't seen someone so jumpy out on a mound like that in forever.

 
at 10:54 PM Blogger Steve said...

The losing tone was set in the 1st inning on the baserunning gaffe. I'm sorry but Griffey is still a good player but he's not great anymore. He can't carry a team like he did before. He's lost some bat speed. Two on, no outs and he K's. I mean, come-on. He's 38, it's time to go.

Don't get me started on Dunn. Honesty, it's been a long time since I've had so much dis-like for one Red player. He's awful and never delivers when it counts. Another meaningless HR. When we really need him, he fails.

 
at 11:30 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

Uh oh, haven't we already established there are no such things as meaningless home runs. Even Brantley said it mattered...for tomorrow. Right on Jeff!

 
at 8:16 AM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Uh oh, haven't we already established there are no such things as meaningless home runs. Even Brantley said it mattered...for his fantasy team.

 
at 8:47 AM Blogger robdicken said...

Don't get me started on Dunn. Honesty, it's been a long time since I've had so much dis-like for one Red player. He's awful and never delivers when it counts. Another meaningless HR. When we really need him, he fails.

Here's why the homerun mattered:

1 - The team was getting shutout and had ONE stinkin' hit until the 9th.

2 - Who else scored? Who else hit the ball? It's funny how we can say that Dunn doesn't hit when it matters, but where in the world was everyone else at during this game?


Any truth to the Dunn for Cantu rumors?

Good lord I am glad you're not the GM! Pfffttt!

 
at 8:52 AM Blogger robdicken said...

John,

Regardless of calling out people by name on here, there are people criticizing other people indirectly. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who certain people are talking about.

There's too many double standards with some of the posters here. I've said this time and time again...until some of these people are eliminated, you're going to continue to reject posts.

If you're going to continue to approve posts that have negativity in it regarding other people's posts...directly or indirectly, it really shouldn't make a difference.

 
at 9:14 AM Blogger John Fay said...

The problem lately hasn't been posters attacking each other as much as a general nastiest and people ignoring facts to take a shot at someone. Rather than correcting facts that are wrong, I'm just rejecting the post.

 
at 10:01 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

meaningless home run by Dunn..meant nothing..had no impact on game

Id take Cantu for Dunn..put Votto in LF and Cantu on 1st..immediate improvement

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

"Any truth to the Dunn for Cantu rumors?

Good lord I am glad you're not the GM! Pfffttt!"

Guess not.

 
at 11:18 AM Blogger robdicken said...

meaningless home run by Dunn..meant nothing..had no impact on game

Did it prevent a shut out? Answer the question.

Since it did, it DID have an impact on the game. Getting shut out with only 2 hits in a ball game does NOT carry well into the next game.

Id take Cantu for Dunn..put Votto in LF and Cantu on 1st..immediate improvement

No, it wouldn't be. Votto can't be any worse than Dunn, but he also won't be any better (from a defensive standpoint in left field).

No point in getting a right-handed first basement who can't hit lefties. It just doesn't make any sense! I'm sorry, but just because "you watched" him play good at the end of last year for the Reds (he batted .298 in 57 at bats against September call-ups...very marginal) doesn't mean you're right about it.

The guy isn't good. Time to drop it.

 
at 12:05 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Actually Cantu is batting .308 against lefties and .309 against righties. Yeah he stinks. Maybe you should drop it.
ST CSA

 
at 3:08 PM OpenID dbltbl550 said...

On the subject of posts; this has become a truly ridiculous subject. Everyone will criticize, either directly or indirectly, individuals who do not agree with their posts. That is the purpose of a blog, to have differing positions. Have you not comprehended that by now. It is the wild, wild west of the internet. Other sports blogs that I read on a daily basis do not censor to the degree that your site does. Read other sport blogs, from other newspapers around the country. Count your lucky stars that you are not attacked by your readers just for simply being a sports writer. The posters can self police themselves.

I feel that you are truly obsessed with deleting the posts by your readers. It is time to concentrate on writing articles that matter, not extending all of your emotions and energy on censoring and/or protecting a few people. If all of this nonsense keeps up on this blog, you will have only 1 or 2 persons who you feel that are capable of posting to your standards. Will that be good for your website?

 
at 3:37 PM Blogger John Fay said...

The blog gets about 130,000 page views a week. So if I'm going to have to do a whole lot of deleting to get down to a few readers.

I get far more complaints about letting stuff go than I do about deleting stuff.

There are some people out there who don't like the way I run the blog. That's fine. I'm the only one who HAS to read the blog. And if I don't like something, I'm going to delete or reject.

My blog, my rules.

 
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