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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Jocketty on Bruce, Griffey

Jay Bruce might be the hottest hitter on the planet. He went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and home run for Triple-A Lousville in an 11-6 win over Scranton today. He's hitting .667 with three home runs and nine RBI over his last five games. He's hitting .611 over his last 10 games.

Does it get the point where the Reds need to bring him up?

"The main thing is you've got to make sure you've got enough playing time," GM Walt Jocketty said. "I don't think we feel comfortable that we have the adequate playing time. At some point, we just have to do it. Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed. We have so many good left-handed hitting outfielders, we have to see what would be the best time to bring him up."

"At some point, you just do it."

An opening would obviously be created if the Reds traded Ken Griffey Jr. But for all the talk about that, nothing is even remotely close to happening.

"I've had no trade discussions," Jocketty said.

Jocketty has talked to Griffey about the situation. As a player with 10 years experience and five years tenure with his current club, Griffey must approve any trade.

"I've talked with him," Jocketty said. "Not knowing Junior that well, I wanted to make sure we had a line of communication open. He assured me that he'd like to play here and hopefully win a championship."


23 Comments:

at 10:22 AM Blogger kingseyeland said...

With as little as Jocketty has done since taking over as GM, one wonders why Castellini was in such a big hurry to fire Krivsky. I count three or four roster tweaks, mostly minor league callups and DL moves, aside from releasing Juan Castro, which was a move Krivsky started.

So what is Jocketty doing?

 
at 10:26 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Griffey has told numerous general managers he would like to stay here and help the Reds win..

Griffey cant help the Reds win..thats the real issue

JAB

 
at 10:31 AM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Noone wants Griffey before 09, his contract is rediculous.

Imagine it this way, there is a new car that you want, its a nice car and you would like to have it sooner rather than later, but right now its priced above its value. Now imagine you can wait a few months and have the car for about half of its price now.

Its simple.

Now it is possible that the Reds could eat some of Griffey's money and make this happen, but that doesnt make sense either because if they keep Griffey and he declines arbitration, (which he will)the Reds get a draft pick.

Its time for him to move on, but it makes no business sense to move him now, unless some "rube" GM steps up asking to be taken advantage of.

3 more months, #600,
Reds finish in 4th place, this is reality. Just look forward to 09, and try to enjoy the good points of 08.

 
at 10:32 AM Blogger People Eating Tasty Animals said...

Umm, here's a suggestion on how to find enough playing time for Bruce.

Pencil him in the starting lineup every game.

Let Patterson and Freel be backups.

Problem solved.

That was easy.

 
at 10:34 AM Blogger dmiller9500 said...

"We have so many good left-handed hitting outfielders"

I beg to differ. John could you get a definition of "good" from Walt?

 
at 10:54 AM OpenID wildcat654 said...

We have so many good left-handed hitting outfielders? Dang, I must have missed a lot of personnel changes while I haven't bothered watching the sad-sack Reds over the past 2 weeks. Glad that we finally got rid of Dunn and Griffey and got some good left-handed hitting outfielders on this team! What a sigh of relief!

 
at 11:00 AM Blogger Scott said...

I was at the game last night sitting 3 rows behind Griffey, I love how he interacts with the fans during the game. He was telling people he got his ear rings at jareds, making funny faces, waiving to people and just having a good time. That was my second time sitting behind Griffey last night, the first time he did the same except he was making fun of the cubs fans who were giving him a hard time.

Griffey is good for baseball, but this city doesn't deserve him. Reds fans are the most boring fans out there, they don't get into the game at all and I believe over half of the fans there don't even know what's going on.

 
at 11:21 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

You are right this city doesn't deserve Griffey. This city deserves a winner.

Somebody, anybody, everybody tell me why Griffey didn't bunt in the ninth inning last night. Its not kool to sacrifice bunt, I guess. I know its not kool to hustle or look like you give a damn about winning. This reflects on Baker too. I real manager would have had him bunt in that situation no matter who the hell he thinks he is.

A pleasure to watch the young guys hustling and pulling out a win. Terrible watching a guy like Griffey worrying about his personal stats and trying to look kool. Get him the hell out of here or put him on the damn bench. He doesn't help this team win. Put Jay Bruce in RF and see even more hustle and desire. You might even find some fans in the stands.

ST CSA

 
at 11:32 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Meanwhile the crawl to 600 continues to pack the house.
St CSA

 
at 11:34 AM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Scott, are you looking for a side show or a winning baseball team?

Griffeys not getting paid 13mil to make faces. If he was batting .295 with 25rbi and 8HR and NOT dropping routine fly balls, I would agree with this enjoyment of how he treats the fans.

I personally, would rather be ignored, but have playoff tickets.

 
at 12:18 PM Blogger TimmyT said...

"We have so many good left-handed hitting outfielders" - WJ

I think this is just a veiled statement which means: I can't get anyone to take Dunn and Griffey no matter how hard I try. Probably like trying to sell a Tahoe or Yukon with $4/gallon gas.

I could live with keeping Griffey. It's Dunn that has to go. Sit Dunn and his .200 avg on the bench and get Bruce in a Reds uniform NOW. Listen to your own words Walt: "just do it"!!!!!

 
at 12:54 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

Yeah, Dunn and Griffey are the lousy hitters. They have no track records at all. Now Corey Patterson, we definitely need to keep HIS spot open...

 
at 12:56 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

"Meanwhile the crawl to 600 continues to pack the house."

Yes, yes, we know, is it really necessary to repeat this over and over?

Do you have OCD?

 
at 2:42 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Nobody wants him cause he is over the hill and has been declining for years..Griffey is gone next year

 
at 2:59 PM Blogger robdicken said...

Hey CSA...I was wandering if you could talk about something new? It would definitely be a breath of fresh air. THANKS!!

Did I say CSA? I meant JackBlueAsh!

 
at 3:19 PM Blogger robdicken said...

Nobody wants him cause he is over the hill and has been declining for years..Griffey is gone next year

Imagine that...you repeated yourself again! AMAZING!!

 
at 3:26 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Blogger robdicken said...

Hey CSA...I was wandering if you could talk about something new? It would definitely be a breath of fresh air. THANKS!

Topic is Griffey. What was your post about? Attacking bloggers again?
St CSA

 
at 4:13 PM Blogger buckeyetroy said...

I'm a huge Griffey fan. I would love to see him retire with the Reds. I believe Dunn should ride the bench. He's a liability in the field and as a hitter. Patterson should've never been signed. Ryan Freel should never get an at bat. I'm sick of watching him swing on the first pitch. Everyone knows that he's gonna swing on the first pitch, no matter where it's located. I would play him as a late game defensive substitution, that's it. Jockety saying the Reds have so many good left handed hitters is a joke. Play Bruce now. Just bring him up. He will help the Reds score runs.

 
at 4:20 PM Blogger Scott said...

lol you guys act like one player is going to change this team around or make it fail. It's either Griffey or Bruce, fail or succeed. Where have you guys been the past 10 years? There's a reason the Reds haven't been to the playoffs and I'll give ya a hint, it's not Griffey. It's PITCHING, when 3 of our starters and half of our bullpen gives up 6 runs in either the 2nd inning or the 9th then you're going to have a losing record. It's the same story every year for both the Reds and Bengals, there only good on one side of the ball.

Bruce being called up isn't going to solve our problem not unless Bruce can pitch and play the outfield on the same play every day. Some of you fans are nothing but "what have you done for me lately", this city is a bandwagon city that's why no one shows up to the stadium when they're losing, but when they're winning everyones a Reds fan. And then you wonder why the owners don't spend money.

 
at 5:54 PM Blogger jt said...

True that pitching is key but Bruce will sell tickets and garner some interest in our lowly Redlegs.

 
at 6:59 PM Blogger TheNaturalMevs said...

I was at the game last night sitting 3 rows behind Griffey, I love how he interacts with the fans during the game. He was telling people he got his ear rings at jareds, making funny faces, waiving to people and just having a good time. That was my second time sitting behind Griffey last night, the first time he did the same except he was making fun of the cubs fans who were giving him a hard time.

And this is a good thing? Come on dude. This is Griffey being his primadona, cocky, unfocused self.

There's a reason why Griffey has never been a winner despite all those years and all those numbers.

Sadly he'll be remembered as a guy who had a lot of talent and never accomplished anything great--never won the big one. Griffey is a true cancer.

Bring on Jay Bruce!

 
at 9:18 PM Blogger buckeyetroy said...

For the first time since I can remember, pitching is not the problem. Sure they gave up late runs last night, but for the most part they have been solid. Arroyo is coming on, Cueto has pitched well enough to win most of his games so has Harang. Volquez has been awesome. The pitching staff has represented well this year. Any team will have moments of bad starting pitching and relief work. The Reds problems stem from the lack of hitting in the 3,4,5 slots. Stranded runners have cost the Reds not the pitching.

 
at 12:09 PM Blogger Scott said...

Pitching isn't the problem? Why is our pitching ranked 24th in baseball out of 30 with a team era of 4.71 as of today? Our hitting is ranked 14th which means its better than half of baseball. Pitching is the problem and always will be when the offense has to score more than 5 runs to win a ball game.

 
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