In my last entry I said
that Cincinnati had the worst management in baseball. And the Reds’ latest move (or lack there of) has convinced me I
am totally…….right. First of all, the Griffey
trade was a good one for the Reds.
To give up an old veteran who frankly was not very good anymore, was
smart. Danny Richar
doesn’t excite me very much, but Nick Masset
was a good acquisition just because he’s a young pitcher. Looking at it from a Reds standpoint, all you
have to say is “young pitcher” and it is a good acquisition.
But the move I am
referring to in the beginning of the entry is a direct result from the Griffey
trade. After the trade, Adam Dunn
and Jay Bruce were the only outfielders left on the team that were bona-fide
starters. Ryan Freel and Norris Hopper
were both injured. Jerry Hairston
Jr. (below) was thought to have the starting job in center field for two
reasons. 1) Jay Bruce would move over
to right field, where he will end up eventually anyway 2) Hairston was having a
career season with the bat.
I won‘t argue that
Hairston is having a great year. So far
he’s had a .393 OBP with three home runs and twenty-two RBI in 58 games.
But I don’t think Hairston should be the
starting center fielder. Why do I think
a guy who’s having such a great year be on the bench? The Reds season has been so bad, every decision made from now on
should be in the interest of the future.
With that in mind, Chris
Dickerson (right) should get called up from Triple-A Louisville and be the Reds’
starting center fielder.
Jerry Hairston is 32 years
old, while Dickerson is only 26 years old.
Hairston has always been a utility guy who can play the infield and
outfield and could and should continue that role. Dickerson is the only legitimate outfield prospect in the system
besides Drew Stubbs. As I said before,
Hairston could still help out the club by playing second base, shortstop, third
base, left field, and occasionally center field.
Dickerson is having a
great season in AAA. Here his
G .OBP AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB SLG OPS
94 .385 336 62 96 11 53 53 99 26 .479 .864
Those numbers are too good
for him to stay in AAA. The Reds need
to build for the future, therefore they need to let Chris Dickerson play in the
But I unfortunately doubt
Jocketty (Reds GM) will do I what I suggest because he’s well, I don’t want to say he’s
dumb, but he is.
intrigues a lot of GMs just by his potential and speed. But Patterson is 29 years old and I think I
can confidently say that you can say goodbye of any chance of him reaching his
“potential”. He’s a bad player, nothing
personal but it’s true, and to think he’s the one starting in center field
while Hairston is recovering from his injury is staggering. The Reds really need to take a different
perspective on running the team. Out of
all the baseball fans, I think Reds fans have the most right to be
unhappy. Even more unhappy then Oriole
fans, but that’s something everyone in Baltimore will deny. I think there is no doubt though, who has
the nicer ballpark. Reds or Orioles? Come on O’s fans, you know which one is
nicer. As for Pirate fans, I could
never be angry with management because I don’t think there is any instance in
professional sports where the nicest venue in the league
has the third
lowest average ticket price. It’s
truly remarkable and almost sad.
If I really need to
convince everyone reading this blog that Cincinnati’s front office is in
shambles, take a look at this
article. Yes it’s true. I’m sorry for all the Red fans out there,
but it’s not some cruel joke. Watch this
video. Bavasi was so bad as GM of the
M’s, that Mariners beat writer Jim Street forgot to mention the Richie
Sexson signing. How bad does a GM
have to be for a beat writer to neglect to mention the Sexson deal
when going through all the bad moves Bavasi made during his stint? Really Mr. Jocketty? The only way the Reds front office could get
worse is if Walt hires Dave Littlefield or Tim Purpura. It wouldn’t even be funny if mentioned the
possibility of Jocketty hiring Jim
The Reds also recently
Ross (pictured) for assignment.
He was the
Reds’ starting catcher for the last two seasons, and had a really good year in
2006 for them. Here’s what he did: 90
games: .353 OBP, 20 HR, 52 RBI, .579 SLG.
But in 2007 he was atrocious with a .271 OBP and 17 home runs in 117
games. For Ross, this year was sort of
ying-yang. He had a .381 OBP but only
hit 3 homers. He was going to be on
pace for only 9 homers this season.
Yet, he still was the best catcher on the Reds, way better than Javier
Valentin and Paul
Bako. I could see how Bako could
help the young pitchers on the team, but Valentin was having a horrible year
with a .294 OBP and one home run. Why
would the Reds let go of the best catcher on their team and keep their third
string catcher who’s older than Ross and is having a horrible year with the
stick. It doesn’t make sense,
especially when you look at Ross’s high percentage of throwing out would-be
I do however like the
player the Reds called up from Triple-A.
Hanigan was really swinging the bat well in Louisville and carried a .392
OBP. He’s not a power hitter at all; in
75 games this season he’s only hit four dingers, and has 18 career home runs in
549 career minor league games. He appeared in 10 games with the club in September last year, but is a pretty old rookie at
28. That being said, I don’t see how the Reds’ expectations for Hanigan can be any higher than what Ross did this year. I just don’t get why the Reds have
three catchers, especially in the NL, and why Javier Valentin is one of those
three, while David Ross is not.
Here’s some more
unfairness. Homer Bailey was
sent down on Sunday. But that is not
what’s unfair. Sending Bailey down was
the right move. He simply couldn’t put
it together at the majors, and hopefully the minors will help him regain his
form. The part about this that is
unfair is that Josh
Fogg will replace Bailey in the rotation.
I have know logical guess as to why Fogg is in the rotation, and Ramon
Ramirez is still in AAA. Fogg is 31
years old, but he’s definitely not a part of the Reds’ long-term plan. Ramirez is already 25 years old, so it’s
time he gets a chance to pitch in with the Reds. He has a 3.35 ERA this year in AAA, and 1.98 ERA in his last 7
starts. Why Fogg (who is 2-4 with a
7.98 ERA) is with Cincinnati, but Ramirez isn’t befuddles me.
prospect the Reds have is Josh Roenicke.
He’s in Triple-A at the moment and is plowing down hitters there. He wields a .227 BAA, and a 2.40 ERA. I think he’s ready for majors right now, and
he’s already 26, but the Cincinnati bullpen doesn’t have any odd man out at
Francisco Cordero: 53
games – 3.86 ERA – 22 SV (28 Opp) – 32 years old
David Weathers: 53 games –
3.35 ERA – 38 years old
Jeremy Affeldt: 60 games –
3.67 ERA – 29 years old
Mike Lincoln: 45 games –
3.51 ERA – 32 years old
Bill Bray: 46 games – 2.77
ERA – 25 years old
Gary Majewski: 24 games –
4.66 ERA – 28 years old
Nick Masset: 36 games –
4.30 ERA – 26 years old
Gary Majewski is obviously
the weakest link in the pen, but he is still is a good pitcher who bodes well
for the future and the Reds shouldn’t send him down again. I guess it couldn’t hurt if Roenicke could
put more innings under his belt in Triple-A but he’s a large part of the future and
is another reason why the Reds need to trade David Weathers this
off-season. He’s too valuable of a
player to be wasting away in Cincy. A
contending team like the Cardinals would love to have Weathers in their pen
The bottom line is the Reds are a bad team
and they need to get younger and continue to rebuild. They can’t stop at Cueto, Volquez, Bruce and Votto. They still need to get better and younger. Their farm system is in bad condition
despite what it’s pumped out the past two years.
This last little thing
doesn’t have anything to do with the Reds, but I’ll say it anyways. Didn’t any team notice what Carlos
Rivera (below) did in the Mexican League last year? I know it’s the Mexican League but at some point the
numbers start to have meaning. Take a
look at these things of beauty:
G OBP AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB SLG OPS
101 .511 361 75 148 16 73 70 63 3 .615 1.126
As a GM, wouldn’t you just
take a chance on him, and see what he could do in affiliated baseball
again. Obviously, Rivera was in
affiliated ball for 11 seasons
until 2007 and didn’t put up those same numbers, but those numbers above are
just so good, it’s tempting to pick him up for a very low price tag and
see what he can do. He’s still a free
agent and is 30 years old. Talk about
Finally to put the
finishing touches on my entry, here’s a “Phunny Photo”. I know that was lame. If you have seen it before (it’s fairly
popular) my apologies:
Jim Bowden has a weird mind. First of all, it’s obvious that he was the former GM of the Red because well, half of all the players he acquires are former Reds. Austin Kearns, Wily Mo Pena, Aaron Boone, Felipe Lopez, Ryan Wagner are all former Reds and now in Washington.
One thing, I have noticed about Jim Bowden is that he plays favorites. I usually don’t like saying things like that but I’m not stupid. I know that Brandon Watson, Ryan Church, and Chris Schroder didn’t get the same treatment as Felipe Lopez, Wily Mo Pena and Jesus Colome. Brandon Watson was named the starter in spring training of 2006. After nine games, he was sent down. Not only did the Nationals ultimately let him go, but then preceded to come back to Nationals and have the longest hit streak in the history of the International League(AAA), and what to the Nats do? The Nats call him up for four days, and after hitting .275 and having the best game of his life he gets demoted. Well of course, his self-confidence shattered, he struggled the rest of the year in AAA. He must have thought “what do I have to do? I broke a hit streak record that lasted 83 years, I have the best game of my life, where I basically won the game for them and then after four games, I’m back in Columbus and guys like Nook Logan, Preston Wilson and Marlon Byrd are playing in the majors?!” Seriously, Watson was in his prime right then and there, and Nook Logan is starting for the Nationals? Just n case you are wondering, Watson is currently in the Phillies organization repeating Triple-A for the fourth time. In his first season he hit .293. As of now, he’s hitting .300. That’s fair.
Ryan Church is the next player, Bowden had a grudge against. For the three years Church was with Washington, Bowden consistently acquired so-so outfielders and they would play ahead of Church. Byrd, Logan, Kearns(who’s good), Pena, and Marlon Anderson, Marlon Anderson. It truly was ridiculous. I mean of course, more people know about Church because of the trade and the good season this year, but Church was good in Washington as well, but for some reason, he was never the bona fide starter. The thing with Church was that he could play everywhere in the outfield, at a high level. In 2005, Church was 26, and played in 106 games. He had .353 .OBP and hit 9 homers in 268 AB’s. In 2006, at 27, he was informed that he would start the season in the minors, and that Marlon Byrd, and Marlon Anderson had made the team. Well, he got the call back up, but only played in 71 games. He didn’t start, but still hit 10 homers in 196 at bats. That translates to about 30 homers a season. Oh yeah, he had .366 OBP in 06. In 2007, it looked like it was finally Church’s year. He was 28, in his prime but well, in the Nationals mind, he still wasn’t as good as Kory Casto, who had never played a game above AA, and had only played left field that Spring Training. After 16 games of horribility, Casto was in AAA, and guess what? Church was starting! Yes, it was true. I kid you not. But hold on, this is a dream isn’t it. Surely, the Nationals are not going to let Church play almost an entire season. Then the trading deadline came strolling along, and well……no deal! Church was still starting, and I started thinking “Is this to good to be true?”
It was. On August 17th, after the trading deadline, Bowden announced he acquired Wily Mo Pena. And yes, Pena would be the starting left fielder, an yes, Logan (0 HR .310 OBP) would remain the starter in center. Outrageous.
The third player, Bowden seems to have a grudge against who is still in the organization, is Chris Schroder. Schroder made his ML debut in 2006 at the age of 28. For the most part he struggled. I happened to attend the best game of his career at that point. He went 2.0 innings and struck out every batter. But overall, he wasn’t very good, a 6.35 ERA backs that point up. But they really did the right thing by calling him up because he was mowing down hitters at AAA, and was considered a valuable strikeout pitcher. Something that the Nationals needed at that point. He had a 1.52 ERA in AAA, so there was an urge to see what he could do in the majors. Going into 2007, Schroder started in AAA, but after recording a 1.62 ERA there he was back in the majors. After that call-up, Schroder became one of the best relievers on the team, with a 3.18 ERA in 37 appearances. Schroder made the club out of spring training as expected. But after only two games, with the Nationals, they sent him down. Why? I have no idea. Here is how he did in those two games…..
IP H ER BB SO
4/4 @STL 1 1 0 0 0
4/7 vs. FLA 1.2 1 1 1 1
So a guy, who had a 3.17 ERA in 37 games last year gets called down after those two games? Weeiirrdd. So after having an ERA below 2, in Columbus , Schroder finally gets called back up. I’m thinking – “OK, that was really weird but he’s back up now.”. After ONE game, ONE, he goes back down. What did he do that game? 1 and a third innings, 1 hit, one walk, NO RUNS. What?!?!. In case, you’re wondering some of the guys that are getting called up when Schroder gets called down, here they are – Brian Sanches, Charlie Manning, Steven Shell, and Ray King. OK, so Manning is left handed, so there is a reason, but King was an ineffective as a lefty specialist, and Sanches, well, I don’t even know what Bowden was thinking. Shell was good, but why not Schroder? I just don’t get it. So when Schroder was called up again, I didn’t know what to think. Nine days after his last appearance, Schroder came in against the Phillies, and didn’t that well. HE gave up two runs in one inning, but when I heard he was getting called down again, it was obvious Bowden has something against him.
If Luis Ayala (I love Luis, I’m just proving a point), if Ayala had done the exact same thing as Schroder, he would still be up. In fact, Ayala has been much worse than Schroder
did, but he’s in Washington, and Schroder is in Columbus. Ayala has 5.40 ERA, but since Bowden likes him, Ayala shouldn’t worry. Jesus Colome has been even worse, with a 5.71 ERA, but Colome has been in the majors the whole season. It’s unfair. Schroder is younger than Colome, too.
Perhaps the player, Bowden loves the most is Wily Mo Pena. These are Pena’s numbers:
G AB H .OBP HR RBI SB BB SO
62 186 39 .249 2 10 0 10 47
The only way to describe those stats is horrible. Horrid, ugly, pitiful, BAD. Pena has .222 OBP the past ten games with only on RBI. Yeesh. Why is Mike Daniel not starting left field for the Nationals? In AA Harrisburg, these are his numbers:
G AB H .OBP HR RBI SB BB SO
84 311 91 .369 8 38 13 34 75
But, as I said before, Pena shouldn’t worry that much because as long as Bowden is the GM of the Nats, he’ll have far more time and opportunities to “prove himself”. I don’t know, Pena been playing in the majors for seven years. It seems silly to still try to let somebody “prove himself, who’s been playing that long. Yes, I’m aware about Pena’s age. He’s 26, which is not necessarily, the cutoff point for breakout years, but seriously, Pena is a home run hitter who has only hit 2 home runs. Oh yes, and a .245 OBP.
Bowden plays favorites. It’s obvious. He likes Austin Kearns, Wily Mo Pena, Felipe Lopez, Ryan Wagner, Luis Ayala, and Jesus Colome. He has grudges against Chris Schroder, Ryan Church and Brandon Watson. If Bowden could just be honest with himself, Mike Daniel (pictured right in the snazzy pink jersey) would be starting left field for the Nats, and Wily Mo Pena would be a Clipper. Jesus Colome would be released or sent down, and Chris Schroder would be the seventh inning set-up man. Felipe Lopez would be traded for some low-level prospects. Perhaps, the Orioles, or Dodgers would be possible future destinations.
Well, I’ll be talking about the Giants next time, I’m pretty sure….. Oh, and with two big trades just occurring. I’ll quickly run through them. The Sabathia trade, I say makes very good sense for both teams. I think the Brewers are good enough to make the playoffs, and LaPorta will be very good. I’m guessing the PTBNL will be Taylor Green, who will challenge Wes Hodges for the title of “Indians 3B of the future”
The Harden deal, looks to be better for the Cubs, but I’m always cautious to question Billy Beane (he has messed up before[Tim Hudson deal]. I think the best player the A’s acquired
from the Cubs is actually Eric Patterson. He’s seriously underrated. But where will he play? He’s blocked by Mark Ellis, Travis Buck and Carlos Gonzalez. ?????? I’ll leave you with two theoretical trades: Jack Wilson to the Dodgers for Ivan DeJesus Jr, Felipe Lopez to Orioles for Sean Gleason.