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Chip R
01-11-2011, 11:13 PM
Here is the Reds Hot Stove League show report for 1-11-11. Lance McAllister was the host tonight. He said that this is the 30th anniversary of the American League adding the DH. Jeff Brantley joined Lance by phone. Lance asked Jeff about the Renteria signing. Jeff said it was a great acquisition getting a guy with 2 rings. He said he has been injury prone as of late but should fit in with Janish - who he called the starter - and Rolen. Lance said he talked to Walt on Monday and Walt told him that it is Janish's job and he talked to Janish on Saturday and told him the same thing. Lance said Renteria is cool with that and asked Jeff if he believes Janish is capable of being the everyday SS. Jeff said he thinks he is. He said the biggest issue for Janish is to go into ST and play like it's normal for him to be the starter. He said if Janish does that he'll be fine. Jeff said it's a grinding position and if Janish were to play every day it would be difficult but he can be a regular and not have to carry them offensively. Lance said the Reds picked up Fred Lewis and asked Jeff what he thinks about that. Jeff said that gives Dusty another option and without Nix, they need an experienced player who can play defense and Lewis can fly. Jeff said if he cuts down on strikeouts he can challenge for the LF job and Jeff said he liked the Hermida signing. Lance asked Jeff if he saw Gomes getting fewer ABs against righties to protect him. Jeff said that what Walt wants to do is give Dusty as many options as he can. He said that you'd love to see Gomes get off to the start he did and Stubbs to play to his potential but you just don't know for sure. Lance asked Jeff if the Reds are done, have they done enough to stay ahead of the pack. Jeff said that is pretty much up to the players now. He felt the young starting pitching has to improve like the young position players have - namely Homer, Cueto and Wood. Lance said in a perfect world Rhodes would be back and asked Jeff how significant will his loss be. Jeff said his leadership in the bullpen and the clubhouse will be missed and you have to know if Bray and Massett will step up. He said despite his age, Chapman is experienced against international competition and he did well in his time up here. He said Massett and Bray will be counted on to do more than they did at the beginning of last season.

After commercial, Lance asked if the Reds are done and this is the team they are taking to ST, have they done enough. Lance said he thinks they have with the money they could spend. He said other teams have improved from acquisitions while the Reds have hopefully improved from within.

The first caller asked for Lance's opinion on Dontrelle Willis. Lance said he's like Hermida in the way that they hopes to get their skills back. He said Willis has a good rapport with Bryan Price and if he can come back to even half or 3/4 of what he was, he'll be an asset in the bullpen.

After commercial, Lance talked about how everyone in the division made moves to improve. But he cautioned to not mistake activity with achievement. He said the Reds were very fortunate last year but they could still be better. He said if you were buying stock in players, you'd buy stock in guys like Bruce, Stubbs and Cueto.

The next caller said that he felt the Reds have had it going on to begin with and they have talented young players but thought they should have kept Rhodes. He has faith in the players to improve and get the job done.

Lance said a fair concern would be that the Reds were so good against bad teams, that may not continue since the bad teams have improved.

After commercial, the next caller said Lance has a good point about the bad teams getting better. The caller said the Brewers annihilated their farm system to get Marcum and Grienke. (But pitching is exactly what they needed.) The caller said that's the exact opposite of what the Reds are doing.

Lance expanded on how the Reds farm system is so good.

After commercial the next caller asked who the left fielder would be. Lance said he could see Lewis making most of the starts and leading off and Gomes playing against lefties with Lewis giving Stubbs or Bruce a day off or two. The caller asked about Hermida and said he's been a disappointment wherever he has went. Lance said that people feel that he hasn't been able to adjust to what MLB pitchers have done against him and maybe a change of scenery will help. He said he's still young and is not a big risk financially.

Thus endeth the Reds Hot Stove League show report for 1-11-11. So let it be written. So let it be done.

Blitz Dorsey
01-12-2011, 01:23 AM
Good stuff. Thanks Chip.

Ron Madden
01-12-2011, 02:57 AM
Lance said in a perfect world Rhodes would be back and asked Jeff how significant will his loss be. Jeff said his leadership in the bullpen and the clubhouse will be missed and you have to know if Bray and Massett will step up. He said despite his age, Chapman is experienced against international competition and he did well in his time up here. He said Massett and Bray will be counted on to do more than they did at the beginning of last season.

I think Nick Massett steped up last year. I would love to see him have another season in 2011 like he did in 2010.

Blimpie
01-12-2011, 07:57 AM
Like it or not, Massett and Bray are going to play significant roles in the success of this year's team.

Thanks for the summary, Chip!

marcshoe
01-12-2011, 08:11 AM
Hmmm...must be the anniversary (40th, maybe?) of the AL voting the DH in, but the league didn't actually add the DH until 1973.

lollipopcurve
01-12-2011, 09:42 AM
gracioso Chip!

cumberlandreds
01-12-2011, 10:23 AM
Thanks Chip! A job well done as always.

Heath
01-12-2011, 10:24 AM
Hmmm...must be the anniversary (40th, maybe?) of the AL voting the DH in, but the league didn't actually add the DH until 1973.

Like the callers, Lance is purely speculating.