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RedTruck
12-21-2012, 04:11 PM
Really awesome, and lengthy read, if you have some time:

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/qa-ryan-hanigan-underrated-red

TSJ55
12-21-2012, 04:58 PM
Very cool. Thanks

[deleted]
12-21-2012, 05:01 PM
I hope Hanigan knows how much the fans really do appreciate him. He's an essential part of this team, and even with the potential of Mes, I hope that he remains a Red for a long time.

He's quietly become one of the better catchers in baseball, and was easily the most underrated player on a team that won 97 games. He actually put up more WAR than Jay Bruce last year - crazy.

Eric the Red
12-21-2012, 10:55 PM
This is a really good read. Hanigan's answers are straight forward and truthful. It's easy to identify that he's a true student of the game.

Red Raindog
12-21-2012, 11:07 PM
One of the best baseball interviews I've read in my 60+ years.

RedsBrick
12-21-2012, 11:38 PM
;2790716']I hope Hanigan knows how much the fans really do appreciate him. He's an essential part of this team, and even with the potential of Mes, I hope that he remains a Red for a long time.

He's quietly become one of the better catchers in baseball, and was easily the most underrated player on a team that won 97 games. He actually put up more WAR than Jay Bruce last year - crazy.

Great post! I completely agree. The Reds' staff had a great 2012, in large part because Hanny was behind the dish.

MoneyInTheBank
12-22-2012, 11:27 AM
It's impossible not to root for a guy like Hanigan. There is nothing athletically impressive about him, was an undrafted free agent and worked his tail off to become one of the top half of MLB catchers.

I think the the thing I loved the most about that interview was when he was talking about Chapman becoming a starter is he said WE, not HE, but WE have a lot of work to do. Just a really impressive guy.

UPRedsFan
12-22-2012, 11:28 PM
He didn't seem very positive on Chapman having success as a starter.

TSJ55
12-23-2012, 11:09 AM
He didn't seem very positive on Chapman having success as a starter.

I got that impression too but thought it was just my bias coming through.

PedroBourbon
12-23-2012, 12:06 PM
Great read. Thanks for posting

BLEEDS
12-23-2012, 12:47 PM
Very nice article!

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New York Red
12-24-2012, 11:26 PM
Really awesome, and lengthy read, if you have some time:

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/qa-ryan-hanigan-underrated-red
Wow, what an amazing article. That might be the most insightful and articulate sports interview I've ever read. Thank you for posting it here.

New York Red
12-24-2012, 11:34 PM
One of the best baseball interviews I've read in my 60+ years.
I read this thread before I read the article, and I was thinking maybe you were using a little hyperbole in your post. But after reading the article, I agree with you. It doesn't get any better than that. When Ryan retires, he should go directly into managing. I'd hire him as our hitting coach right now. It would be a big upgrade.

New York Red
12-24-2012, 11:41 PM
He didn't seem very positive on Chapman having success as a starter.
I didn't take it that way. I took it as Ryan saying what most of us think. Chapman can't pitch as a starter the same way he pitches as a closer. He has to change some things and he knows it. I think that's all Ryan was saying.

New York Red
12-24-2012, 11:46 PM
My apologies for clogging up the thread, but one last thing.

Kudos to David Laurila. An interview of that depth has to start with a lot of good questions. He obviously did his homework. As a former sports journalist myself, I have great respect for that kind of interview.

GotHeeeeem
12-26-2012, 06:43 PM
That was actually an article with real questions and answers! Most of today's sports media involves the question you already know they are gunna ask and the answers as well.

TheBigLebowski
12-27-2012, 06:47 PM
3 years ago my now ex-wife and I took a vacation to D.C. Just so happens the Reds were there that week (yeah, I planned it that way). We went to all 3 games of the series. In the first game, after the top of the 3rd, Cueto struck out the last batter of the inning. As he was coming off the field, Hanny noticed the ex (we were 5 rows up from the visitor's dugout) waving frantically for the ball. He lobbed it up to her perfectly and she caught it. She was more thrilled than I was. The next night he had the night off. She was obsessed with getting him to sign the ball, so we arrived early for the beginning of BP. Hanigan never came out. She asked a few of the players to go get him and told them what she wanted. Sure enough, he came out, all smiles and signed the ball. I still have it. He became one of my all-time favorite Reds after that.

Fireball
12-28-2012, 11:47 AM
I think the the thing I loved the most about that interview was when he was talking about Chapman becoming a starter is he said WE, not HE, but WE have a lot of work to do. Just a really impressive guy.

That's one thing that I've really noticed about the relationship with Hanigan and the pitchers on the staff. They view themselves as a team.

For example, I watched the 9th inning of Homer Bailey's no-hitter last night, and in the post game interview with Homer, he kept saying "we" when describing the pitching performance, referring to he and Hanigan.

You cannot undervalue Hanigan on this team. He is a very important player, and I hope that he's teaching Mesoraco a lot of the things he talked about in that interview. And I hope that Mesoraco is listening. Seriously, though, how can you have two better people to teach you the craft of catching on the way up than Corky Miller and Ryan Hanigan?

coachpipe
01-02-2013, 05:12 PM
He didn't seem very positive on Chapman having success as a starter.

No one does