Just finished reading the game thread. Good win! Harang had another great start! The bullpen was much better--Majewski had some jitters, but only allowed one run with a three-run lead. Mercker and Guardado were lights out!
Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I don't know how I feel about Royce Clayton just taking #2 right out of the gate.
Seems a little soon -- I feel like I'm getting over a breakup or something.
The only thing is that the Reds don't have very many numbers that aren't already issued. After Thursday's trade, but prior to the three newest Reds joining the club, only the following numbers in the range from 1 to 59 were available:
#2, #16, #28, #38, #45, #51.
Middle infielders generally prefer to wear lower numbers--usually single-digits, teens, or twenties. I can think of only four Reds middle-infielders (not including short-timers and September callups wearing numbers in the 50's and 60's) who have worn a number higher than #29:
Gary Green (#40) -- a seldom-used SS who played eight games for the Reds in 1992.
Mariano Duncan (#77) -- In his second stint with the Reds in 1995, Duncan couldn't wear his old #7 since it was already being worn by OF Darren Lewis. So he went with #77.
Rich Aurilia (#33) -- Rich had worn #35 in his days at San Francisco and Seattle, but that number was worn by pitching coach and Big Red Machine legend Don Gullett. So he went with another number in the 30's.
Ray Olmedo (#62) -- Used to be #4, but lost his number to Brandon Phillips this year, and was inexplicably issued #62. Doesn't bode well for his long-term future with the club. Could now actually be considered a short-timer.
The only numbers in that traditional "middle-infielder" range that the Reds currently have available are #2, #16, and #28. Throughout his career, Royce Clayton has worn either #10 or #11, and he isn't going to wear either of those in Cincinnati, for obvious reasons. So he had to choose another number. (Personally, I thought he would go with #16, but I'm not surprised that he has #2. It was likely to be one of those two numbers.)