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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, May 21, 2008

Jocketty's here

Walt Jocketty joined the Reds in the L.A. today. So my first question to him was any significance to showing up now? The short answer: No. He had planned to be on the whole trip, but he had to attend a memorial service in the St. Louis and a funeral in Minneapolis.

He did take a side trip on the way to St. Louis to see Jay Bruce play at Louisville.

"I told him to be patient," Jocketty said. "What he's doing is not going unnoticed. Keep working. He went out and went 2-for-4 with a home run."

I'm saying with prediction that Bruce gets the call when the Reds return home. Again, that's just a hunch.

Jocketty saw left-hander Matt Maloney throw. "He looked very good," Jocketty said.

Daniel Herrera, the little lefty the Reds got in the Josh Hamilton deal, also threw. Herrera was 0.61 ERA and has allowed only eight hits 14 2/3 innings. His out pitch is a screwball.

"Everything is slow," Jocketty said. "But he keeps hitters off balance."


at 8:34 PM Blogger JD in the SD said...


Does Walt have any comment on who or what position they may be targeting in the draft? I have heard that pitcher Aaron Crow could be available and Jim Callis of Baseball America believes he could be in the majors in a year or two. What do you think is the biggest position of need?

at 8:40 PM Blogger People Eating Tasty Animals said...

Bruce was 2-4 again today.

at 8:49 PM Blogger flard said...

A little lefty with a screwball. Sounds like Fred Norman.

at 8:58 PM Blogger Jeremy said...

Did he show up in LA for the Reds memorial service for this season?

at 9:01 PM Blogger Redsfansince72 said...

Well before they call Bruce up, they will have to trade either Freel or
Patterson as i cant see the Reds with 2 outfielders making 3 million each sitting the bench!!

also John ask Mr. Jocketty if he would pursue Matt Holiday if the Rockies shop him?

at 9:03 PM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

john...it would really be disappointing if i don't get too see him in columbus monday, please ask walt to hold off until at least tuesday...thank you

do you think bob eats patterson's contract if they call him up?

at 9:03 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Its not going unnoticed? No kidding, Walt? They do publish the stats for a reason, ya know? He is only the #1 prospect in all of baseball he ain't exactly hiding in the shadows. With this team's record and the horrible play by Griffey there is no excuse not to bring up Bruce. If Griff has to ride some pine so be it. THis is his last year anyhow.

at 9:06 PM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

i've read that crow's mechanics are questionable, arm problems just waiting to happen..

at 9:13 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

my father always talks about LIL Freddie Norman..too funny


at 9:21 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Patterson is still good enough to be on the bench. He plays good defense and has speed and can bunt. He's a respectable back up option and part time player. Sure he is making too much but you don't cut him. I think they would have to get rid of Hatte to make the room, which is a shame but I think Scott deserves more ABs somewhere else anyhow.

at 9:28 PM Blogger va.redsfan said...

John I saw the Bats play down here in Norfolk a few weeks ago and Bruce was playing right. If he comes up will he be in center? Surely they wouldn't consider putting Jr. back in center, even for a couple months.

at 9:42 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Redsfansince72: Jocketty can't talk about other teams' players. And your comment is up. I keep getting it over and over again.

at 9:56 PM Blogger Dave said...

Redsfan72, I've been saying for a long time that someone needs to show me a better option in LF than Adam Dunn and I don't think it's out there. Matt Holiday would CERTAINLY qualify, but who do you give up for him? Dunn's contract is expiring, no one really wants Patterson and Freel - maybe Bailey and Maloney? That would add the RH punch, but I don't see it as a realistic trade, sorry...but I'd be up for hearing if you have a package put together that might actually work.

at 9:59 PM Blogger Clueless Krivsky said...

I would hope to God that they'd cut Valentin long before either Hatteberg or Patterson.

Javy's 3 at bats per week are hardly worth a roster spot.

at 10:06 PM Blogger Redsfansince72 said...

John, I know this darn google blogger sign-in is a pain in the you know what!! i hope the new blogger isnt like this.. the darn google NEVER remembers my password and i have to always ask for a new password.. sorry for the repeats..

at 10:25 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

Jocketty wasn't stumbling around too was he? Sorry had to say it. And oh by the way, the Jr stumble video... what a joke. He must have had 5 or 6 Pepsi's in him at least.

Frankly, I think Hatteburg deserves to be traded and Valentin is a waste of a roster spot. Both need to be moved. Hatteburg can play every day for a lot of clubs. And oh, please someone take Patterson so Dusty will stop leading him off. Tonight's game might get painful, I don't know if we'll score.

at 11:05 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Valentin would become your back up first baseman in the event they unload Hatte. And that would be fine. Javy is a good pinch hitter, would serve as back up first baseman, #3 catcher, is good with the Latin guys in the clubhouse and is a switch hitter who has always been clutch for the Reds. He is a better bench player than Hatte, and I really like Hatte but there is no place for him on the team anymore. I wish him luck wherever he goes.

at 1:29 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Freddie Norman did a back flip on the mound before Ozzie Smith even thought about it.

at 4:47 PM Blogger David Hartman said...

Of course Norman backflipped before Ozzie even thought about it.

I doubt Ozzie was even born then :)

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