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TeamBoone
02-26-2007, 09:31 PM
I think I remember reading at the end of last season that Mark Sheldon was heading somewhere else and that another MLB writer would be assigned to the Reds.

Am I losing it?

KoryMac5
02-26-2007, 10:28 PM
Sheldon covered the Twins for the past 5 years before moving to the Reds to fill the spot vacated by Anthony Castrovince who is now the writer for the Indians. So far I think Mark is doing a good job.

TeamBoone
02-27-2007, 12:07 AM
I like him too; just thought I read that somewhere.

Caseyfan21
02-27-2007, 01:00 AM
I thought I remember something about this from last year. I don't feel like trying to go through the old threads to find it but you're not losing it, TB, I remember something too.

cincrazy
02-27-2007, 10:59 AM
Yeah, I remember this as well. Also, a friend of mine emailed me a link to that actual job opening, you could apply for it on mlb.com and he ran across it. So I was positive he was gone, but I thought it would be by now. Not sure where he's going though, if anywhere.

Gainesville Red
02-27-2007, 11:08 AM
He's actually about to be on mlb radio sometime in the next ten minutes.

Gainesville Red
02-27-2007, 11:36 AM
He said Votto and Bailey are both impressing everyone. Think Votto toward the end of the year he said. Def. Next year.

Also, because I don't want anyone to worry, and I know you were, Anderson Machado has arrived after dealing with his visa problems.

Dunn is seriously rededicated. Wants to improve defense.

Said he thinks we're better off with A. Gon rather than Lopez. Even with the offensive subtraction.

Said he's pretty sure Jr. starts in center. Freel in right.

Freel's so reckless in center he sort of makes the other two outfielders a little nervous.

Said Reds like Deno but it's time for him to prove he can hit major league hitting.

Hamilton's looked great in all the workouts and live BP, but you really have no idea until games start. Thinks he'll get every opportunity and then some more.

He thinks Deno and Hamilton are competing for the same spot.

Said Denorfia's options are playing against him.

BRM
02-27-2007, 11:40 AM
I'll be absolutely stunned if Deno is not starting in CF in April...in Louisville.

Puffy
02-27-2007, 12:26 PM
He said Votto and Bailey are both impressing everyone. Think Votto toward the end of the year he said. Def. Next year.

Also, because I don't want anyone to worry, and I know you were, Anderson Machado has arrived after dealing with his visa problems.

Dunn is seriously rededicated. Wants to improve defense.

Said he thinks we're better off with A. Gon rather than Lopez. Even with the offensive subtraction.

Said he's pretty sure Jr. starts in center. Freel in right.

Freel's so reckless in center he sort of makes the other two outfielders a little nervous.

Said Reds like Deno but it's time for him to prove he can hit major league hitting.

Hamilton's looked great in all the workouts and live BP, but you really have no idea until games start. Thinks he'll get every opportunity and then some more.

He thinks Deno and Hamilton are competing for the same spot.

Said Denorfia's options are playing against him.

Man, I am the biggest Junior fan here - I spent most of last year defending him against attack after attack. But the Reds have to move him out of Center. No ifs, ands or buts.

And Deno should be starting in Center. If you're going to give up offense at short for D then give it up in center as well. If Freel is too reckless then start Deno for his D. If you're gonna preach defense then do it everywhere, don't pick and choose where on the up the middle D you do it.

The corner spots can be used for offense, use the middle of the field for D.

Caveat Emperor
02-27-2007, 12:33 PM
But the Reds have to move him out of Center. No ifs, ands or buts.

I'm absolutely puzzled how an entire team of people, from coaching staff to front office, can be so willfully blind as to the enormous defensive liability they have sitting in center field.

I mean, seriously -- can't some reporter out there just ask Narron or Krivsky point-blank what tangible benefit playing Jr. in center and Freel / Denorfia in right (as opposed to the opposite) gives the team? Its not even an issue of offensive production, since the actual individuals playing doesn't change, just their location on the field.

There isn't a sane answer that can be given to support it.

BRM
02-27-2007, 12:48 PM
I'm absolutely puzzled how an entire team of people, from coaching staff to front office, can be so willfully blind as to the enormous defensive liability they have sitting in center field.

I mean, seriously -- can't some reporter out there just ask Narron or Krivsky point-blank what tangible benefit playing Jr. in center and Freel / Denorfia in right (as opposed to the opposite) gives the team? Its not even an issue of offensive production, since the actual individuals playing doesn't change, just their location on the field.

There isn't a sane answer that can be given to support it.

It's absolutely mind-boggling. I'd also love to know what their honest thoughts are on Denorfia.

Ltlabner
02-27-2007, 12:53 PM
Freel's so reckless in center he sort of makes the other two outfielders a little nervous.

Said Reds like Deno but it's time for him to prove he can hit major league hitting.

These two comments explain a lot to me. My father and I noticed several times last year where Freel would cross over to Dunn or Kearns side of the field and either nearly crash into them, or run infront of them to catch the ball. There was one time in particular where you could tell from across the stadium that Dunn was pissed.

So mix in your two star outfielders saying they are nervous along Freel's "gets worn out factor" with Narron's penchant for wanting to use him at 6 other positions and you end up with a FO/manager who are relucatant to say "CF is his".

Mix in Deno's struggles at the plate, with his youth and the inexplicable X factor (ie. why was he benched after one play) and you end up with a FO/manager who are reluctant to say "CF is his". (NOTE: I fully recoginize that Deno got a small number of AB's and not a fair shot, just trying to process in terms of Narron speak).

Mix in Hamiltons time away from the game with his lack of MLB experience and you end up with a FO/manager who are reluctant to say "CF is his".

Mix in the bizzare love of Conine in the OF instead of strictly at 1B with his experience and "ablity" to play other positions and you end up with a FO/manager who want to use him but are still reluctant to commit him to any one position.

Again, not saying any of these ideas are reasonable or correct, but I can definatley imagine Narron thinking them.

dougdirt
02-27-2007, 12:59 PM
Deno needs to prove he can hit major league pitching? Sure he has 150 at bats, but he his .278 in those at bats, that were spread across 2 seasons.

jojo
02-27-2007, 01:10 PM
It's absolutely mind-boggling. I'd also love to know what their honest thoughts are on Denorfia.


I don't think there is even a need to read between the lines on that issue....

texasdave
02-27-2007, 01:13 PM
Said Reds like Deno but it's time for him to prove he can hit major league hitting.



How do you prove you can hit major league pitching when you're in Louisville?

dougdirt
02-27-2007, 01:17 PM
How do you prove you can hit major league pitching when you're in Louisville?

Heck not just that, what does he have to do to prove he can hit major league pitching? Half the guys he will face in spring training wont be major league pitchers in April. He has hit major league pitching, to the tune of a .278 batting average against them in his 150 career at bats in the major leagues. Those at bats are a lot more meaningful than the 70 he might get in spring training.

Tom Servo
02-27-2007, 01:34 PM
We seriously need to get cracking on some "Free Chris Denorfia" campaigns.

Chip R
02-27-2007, 02:17 PM
How do you prove you can hit major league pitching when you're in Louisville?


Excellent point. I like Hamilton and all but it's wrong when Deno needs to prove he can hit major league pitching but Hamilton doesn't because he has all that talent.

Ltlabner
02-27-2007, 02:35 PM
It's wishfull thinking, but I'd like to see them package together Freel, Crosby, and Hopper and get whatever they can in return, even if prospects.

Hand CF to Deno and let him sink or swim. Have Hamilton on hand to fill in, spot starts, ride the pine, get big league experience without having to go through the dance of exposing him to waivers (assuming he's got what it takes after all these years). Jr. to RF.

Pass a law that makes Conine at 1B in a platoon with Hatte a Federally mandated statute so Jerry can't continue his Conine in the OF wunderlust.

Gainesville Red
02-27-2007, 02:38 PM
For what it's worth, probably nothing, but according to C. Trent's blog today Deno, along with Bray and Shack were signed to one year contracts today.

BRM
02-27-2007, 02:53 PM
It's wishfull thinking, but I'd like to see them package together Freel, Crosby, and Hopper and get whatever they can in return, even if prospects.

Hand CF to Deno and let him sink or swim. Have Hamilton on hand to fill in, spot starts, ride the pine, get big league experience without having to go through the dance of exposing him to waivers (assuming he's got what it takes after all these years). Jr. to RF.

Pass a law that makes Conine at 1B in a platoon with Hatte a Federally mandated statute so Jerry can't continue his Conine in the OF wunderlust.

What an awesome post! I love all those ideas. Especially the last one concerning Conine. :thumbup:

OnBaseMachine
02-27-2007, 06:09 PM
Said Reds like Deno but it's time for him to prove he can hit major league hitting.


Pretty hard to do when you aren't given a chance.