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sivman17
05-17-2010, 07:02 PM
Although he didn't always put up the greatest numbers, it was hard not to like this guy. He was one of my favorite players while he was here. The way he would lay out for any ball regardless of the damage he inflicted on his own body was uncanny. He was very unique in that regard and I loved watching him play.

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texasdave
05-17-2010, 07:04 PM
The question is begging to be asked, "Is Farney gonna keep on playing?".

redsfan_12
05-17-2010, 07:06 PM
He was one of my favorites too. I remember the one time he dove on the warning track and ripped his jersey almost off lol

sivman17
05-17-2010, 07:32 PM
The question is begging to be asked, "Is Farney gonna keep on playing?".

:bowrofl:

GIDP
05-17-2010, 07:35 PM
guy had some really really good years.

Kingspoint
05-17-2010, 08:32 PM
He made watching dismal REDS' seasons enjoyable.

brachial pleXUs
05-17-2010, 08:42 PM
:bowrofl:

I've come to the conclusion that Jonny Gomes is the human incarnation of Farney.

KySteveH
05-17-2010, 08:55 PM
I've come to the conclusion that Ryan Freel is a yucky blend of bad defense, poor plate discipline, and false hustle, all rolled into a shell of injury-waiting-to-happen.

GIDP
05-17-2010, 09:04 PM
I've come to the conclusion that Ryan Freel is a yucky blend of bad defense, poor plate discipline, and false hustle, all rolled into a shell of injury-waiting-to-happen.

Freels careers OBP was .354

Kingspoint
05-17-2010, 09:05 PM
Freels careers OBP was .354

.....with speed.

We missed his ability at the top of the order to get on and wreak havoc (literally, and sometimes against the REDS).

sivman17
05-17-2010, 11:08 PM
I've come to the conclusion that Ryan Freel is a yucky blend of bad defense, poor plate discipline, and false hustle, all rolled into a shell of injury-waiting-to-happen.

Bad defense? He made some of the most spectacular diving catches I have ever seen from an outfielder. I always thought if he played a single position for an entire year he would have won a gold glove.

Not sure what you mean by false hustle. I remember a few times where he stretched a single into a double because the outfielder was slow to get the ball back into play.

Yes, he was quite injury prone, but that's what happens when you dive head first into walls.

Vottomatic
05-17-2010, 11:26 PM
He played hard, but he didn't play very smart, IMHO.

TC81190
05-17-2010, 11:32 PM
Nope he didn't always smart. He did play hard though and often times, very well.
Had a good arm and range in the outfield, and got on base a lot.

gedred69
05-17-2010, 11:36 PM
Freel played with off-the-chart ferocity. He was about as fast a white guy as there is. That speed was his only real weapon. He could take a bad path to a fly ball, and end up making a spectacular "looking" catch only because that speed allowed him to catch back up to the ball. When he busted up his knee, he came back the next year a step slower. When he injured his wheels again, his only talent was gone. He was fun to watch though, eh?

mlh1981
05-17-2010, 11:44 PM
One of my favorite Reds of all time. Gotta love seeing guys who truly care about the game. In the face of a lot of dismal Reds teams was a guy who truly busted his ass and gave it his all.

He squeezed out every last ounce of talent he had.

sabometrics
05-18-2010, 12:45 AM
Still have a Freel jersey hanging in my closet. Some of the most memorable moments since the 99 season have come from Freel and his insane hustle.

That diving catch right by the camera well in Houston in '06 (?) is probably one of the most amazing efforts if not the most amazing effort I've ever seen a player make to get to a ball. I remember being just 10 feet away when Freel hit Norris Hopper full speed in right centerfield (not really a highlight, but a testament to his hard-headed, all out style of play). For all his faults he was the one guy you could always count on to leave everything he had (and more) on the field that day. I'll miss watching him for sure.