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savafan
07-17-2006, 01:50 PM
http://www.poststar.com/articles/2006/07/17/news/doc44bb6a1386ecd319713739.txt

By WILL SPRINGSTEAD, springstead@poststar.com
Monday, July 17, 2006 6:49 AM EDT


Queensbury High School graduate Brendan Harris admitted he was surprised at being traded by the Washington Nationals, but thinks it might be a good thing in the long term.

On Sunday, Harris said the instability of the Nationals' management was difficult on players. Harris was part of an eight-player deal Thursday that sent four teammates and him to the Cincinnati Reds. He reported directly to the Reds' Triple-A team, the Louisville Bats.

"I got a call from our farm director on the last day of our All-Star break and I said, 'It's nice to hear from you, but what's up?' He told me and I was, like, 'no way,' " Harris said. "So, there is a period of shock, but once the dust settles, I'm probably better off here than I was there."

Harris said while Nationals General Manager Jim Bowen continues to try to shape the organization his way, some of his actions have been puzzling to the players and fans.

"With Jim Bowen, it's what have you done for me lately? And by lately, I mean yesterday," Harris said. "You're either one of his guys -- either from his days in Cincinnati or his draft picks -- or you've got a short lease there."

Harris, 25, started at second base and went 0-for-4 in his first game with Louisville on Friday, a 3-2 win over Norfolk. He did help turn a double play. He also appeared in Saturday's game against Norfolk, a 9-1 loss, but did not register an at-bat.

Harris said his adjustment to Louisville has gone fairly smoothly since he knows a couple of players on the Bats' lineup.

One of the things that Cincinnati Reds General Manager Wayne Krivsky said he liked about Harris was his ability to play second base, shortstop or third base. Harris thinks he'll be doing just that.

"I think I'll be playing kind of all over the place, but that's OK. I'll try to get some at-bats here and see what happens," Harris said.

Naturally, Harris would love to be called up, but he's not counting on it.

"We're in the race for the wild card now, so (Krivsky) is going to do what's best for the team," Harris said. "If they see me as helping the team, great.

"It seems like an organization that's going in the right direction," Harris added.

Krusty
07-17-2006, 01:56 PM
It will take the offseason to mold this team the way Krivsky really wants.

dabvu2498
07-17-2006, 02:00 PM
[url]"With Jim Bowen, it's what have you done for me lately? And by lately, I mean yesterday," Harris said. "You're either one of his guys -- either from his days in Cincinnati or his draft picks -- or you've got a short lease there."

Shots to the bow of Jose Guillen and Ryan Zimmerman???

I don't especially like to see this kind of thing in the press, even if it is his hometown local paper. (See Rick White-Springfield Sun thread.)

Who was he going to play over? Zimmerman??? Jose Vidro??? Clayton, maybe, but I get the impression that Harris is not an everyday shortstop.

Bowden's an idiot, granted, but come on... be excited about your fresh start and move on!

Ltlabner
07-17-2006, 02:01 PM
Every bit as tacky as Rick White's statements.

Let the music do the talking......

Jpup
07-17-2006, 02:49 PM
He is probably telling the truth and I have no problem with that.

jimbo
07-17-2006, 02:53 PM
He is probably telling the truth and I have no problem with that.

Agreed.....I didn't think it was that bad.

dabvu2498
07-17-2006, 03:04 PM
We didn't even comment on the reporter getting Mr. BowDen's name wrong.

Paging Mr. Fact-Checker. Mr. Fact-Checker. Please report to the desk of Will Springstead.

savafan
07-17-2006, 03:16 PM
We didn't even comment on the reporter getting Mr. BowDen's name wrong.



Wow, how did I miss that? :laugh:

captainmorgan07
07-17-2006, 03:42 PM
He is probably telling the truth and I have no problem with that.
i don't see anything wrong with it we all know that's how jimbo is anyway

Johnny Footstool
07-17-2006, 03:47 PM
Krivsky's not like that?

How many ex-Twins has he acquired?

redsmetz
07-17-2006, 03:57 PM
Guardado, Mays and Castro out of about twelve players acquired (Arroyo, Phillips, D. Ross, C. Ross, Majewski, Bray, Clayton, Harris, Thompson, Yan).

ChatterRed
07-17-2006, 04:04 PM
Don't even start to compare Bowden to Krivsky.

I love hearing comments like Harris made. I have been saying the same things for years. Now, just throw in some negative comments about how Jimbo trades away all his young pitching because he's impatient and I think that covers all the bases on Jimbo.

KronoRed
07-17-2006, 04:28 PM
Eh..file this in the same place as Rick White's comments

Johnny Footstool
07-17-2006, 04:43 PM
Guardado, Mays and Castro out of about twelve players acquired (Arroyo, Phillips, D. Ross, C. Ross, Majewski, Bray, Clayton, Harris, Thompson, Yan).

25% is a pretty high ratio.

RedFanAlways1966
07-17-2006, 04:46 PM
25% is a pretty high ratio.

And thus far... 67% of those ex-Twins have not played bad as REDS.... who were terrible at closing and terrible at fielding the ball on the left-side. Not to mention a little pop in one of their bats (unexpected!).

RedsMan3203
07-17-2006, 04:48 PM
25% is a pretty high ratio.


So you are saying Guardado and Castro haven't helped this team in anyway? They have, and will continue to help.


Mays on the other hand... was just a gamble.... it didn't work out and he will be let go soon enough.

REDREAD
07-17-2006, 05:36 PM
Every GM is like that if they don't think a player is going to be part of the longterm puzzle. I'm sure Chick, Mosely, Lopez, etc all felt the same way about the Reds when they were dealt.

It's a blow to the ego to be traded, I can understand that. It's probably tough for Harris to realize he's a tweener. It's a lot easier on the ego to blame the boss that discarded you.

Team Clark
07-17-2006, 07:39 PM
He is probably telling the truth and I have no problem with that.

Good to see Jim hasn't changed his style any...:laugh: