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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

Reds add station in Louisville

From the Reds:

CINCINNATI (May 21, 2008) – The Cincinnati Reds have announced that Cumulus station WQKC-FM 93.9 “The Ticket” will be the newest affiliate of the Reds Radio Network. The first broadcast will be the Reds vs. San Diego Padres game on Thursday, May 22 at 10:10 EST.


at 6:11 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Just in time to cover the crawl to 600.

at 6:14 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Hey John? Justin Mallett pictched good again today for the Bats, so did Majewski I think the Reds should call him up while hes on a roll. With Mallett pitching good can we kick Bailey out of the rotation yet? If you think about it Lehr is doing awesome, now Mallett is, Pettyjohn is 4-1, Shearn is 6-1(should be 7-1) And Matt Maloney is 5-2 pitching very well. Trade Bailey before other teams figure out hes a horrible pitcher!!!

at 6:24 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Im telling you John Majewski has been a ground ball specialist latley ive been to the games he looks great

at 6:30 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Success at Triple-A doesn't all equate to success in big leauges. We've seen with that Coffey, Majewski and others through the years.

at 6:31 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Bailey dosent evan have success in Triple-A he just sucks

at 6:37 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

BATSFAN, I do appreciate your updates from Louisville. I get there some but can't stay on top of it as much as I'd like.

My only concern with Shearn is that he doesn't pitch very deep into a game. He has a lot of 5 IP games, if he were putting up those numbers and pitching 7.0 then I'd be all over bringing him up to Cincy.

I'm beginning to wonder the very same thing about Bailey myself. Especially given his attitude. I have to wonder if the team wouldn't be better off trading him. Darn shame but it might be best

at 6:42 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Reds ruined Bailey. I told you that last year. But nobody believes ST CSA. LOL.

at 6:58 PM Blogger dwr said...

I keep waiting for a similar headline:

"Reds add Bruce from Louisville"

2 more hits today, John. It seems they're just looking for excuses to keep him down there. You can sing the song of "BBs" and "Ks" all you want, but what about hitting to the tune of .369, with 10 HR and 8 SB?

What gives, Reds? Bring the kid up! Let's score some runs!

at 7:10 PM Blogger Pokey Reese said...

I think the Reds should trade Bailey because he won't get any better with the Reds terrible coaching staff. Bailey even said he hasn't learned anything since going back down to AAA.

at 8:27 PM Blogger Joe said...

Majewski has pitched better in the past month....brought his ERA down from over 18 at one point early in the year.

I've been watching Herrera- good enough numbers in AA to move to AAA and he has very impressive numbers in AAA - in 14.2 innings, 8 hits, 1 earned run 13 Ks with an ERA of 0.61. There is not much to this kid, short and slight, but he must have a serious arm on him.

at 8:37 PM Blogger Craig said...

Hello All,

Long time reader, first time poster. First off, GO REDS.

I want to make a comment about Homer Bailey for a second. I love this kids potential from what I read on the "national" sports media. I have seen him pitch on tv and at the Reds GAB. He has had his ups and downs.

However it seems like the national media is overlooking something in my opinion. He seems to me like he has an attitude problem and he is a meathead. He may be able to throw the ball hard, but I am not sure if he will ever you know "get it". I have seen very few articles that discuss how is as a teammate and a player.

I was fortunate enough to get to go to a charity luncheon about a month ago for a AAA team, where a certain ESPN writer was there as a guest speaker. (which is why I went, boo any other team but the Reds). It was a small affair, and at each table there was a member of the team. It just so happened that at my table was a pitcher that had just been picked up off waivers from the Reds organization (4 years with the reds minors). I was of course excited, and I had known about him. Anyway we talked Cueto, Bruce, Volkie, Phillips, Harang, J.Hamilton, Edwin, etc.. I was having a blast. (It seemed like this guy was a little depressed by not being with the Reds anymore). He loved talking about those guys and telling our table funny stories. Anyway, finally I brought up Homer Bailey. The guy just kinda looked down in disgust. He said that Homer didn't get it, was basically all about himself, as arrogant as they come sometimes, and that he didn't get "it". He said that him and most of his teammates didn't really care for him.

To sum up, now that we have more news coming out about him I am starting to see his point. This guy was brought up to be our Ace.
Now that I have had time to reflect, I am not sure I would ever want our number one guy to be Homer. I would be happy with him as a number 5 starter at this point, only if his attitude shows some improvement with the other players at the big club. If not let's trade this meathead to someone else and get whatever is reasonble. If not let him stew in the minors till his other teammates come in the middle of the night with some soap and some socks.

I'm just sayin....

at 9:04 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Craig I 100 percent agree with everything you just said. Heres what I see, we had a Bats players picnic only player didnt show up HOMER BAILEY, then before the game they have little leaguers go out and stand with the players during the national athem. Every other player talks to them or gives them a Five, but homer moves staying away from them. There were these people from Cincy the other night and like "Homer your my hero your number 1 good luck" He completey ignored them. Then he was in the dougout he got a ground ball foul didnt throw it in the stands, I yelled "Bailey keep it maybe you will learn how to throw" I always sit down by the bullpen before the game and talk to Power, every word came out of Baileys mouth was a cuss word. I yelled Bailey watch your language but he ignnored me. When he got bombed the other night i gave him a golf clap wiht a smile when he came off the field

at 9:09 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

Well I'm just going to say that is exactly the kind of attitude I want from my best pitcher. I want him to be as arrogant as they come. I want him to think there is no one who is going to even smell a hit off him. I want him to be all about himself. I really don't care if he sits around a table with a bunch of fans and tells funny stories. He earned his ticket and the Reds brass don't like the way he has reacted so they are going to punish him by keeping him down to teach him a lesson.

Sorry but CSA is right about this one.

at 10:14 PM Blogger Jeff said...

Bailey ruined himself. He was inconsistent when he was with the Dayton Dragons. He needs to open his ears and learn how to pitch.

at 10:18 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

The only thing is, if you are going to have that kind of an attitude then you need to be able to go out there and prove yourself on the field but Homer hasn't showed me he can do that.

There's a fine line between mental toughness and a head case. I'm guessing Homer's the latter.

Personally I say deal the kid and get some value out of him. I'd rather see Maloney make it and give us a Left-hander in the rotation finally.

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