05-11-2006, 01:33 PM
Join Date: Jun 2000
Re: Hall of Fame Game on 5/15
My interpretation of this article is that some regulars will be going; it just doesn't say which ones. Perhaps it's a voluntary thing and they won't know until after Sunday's game.
Farmhands enlisted for exhibition
By Marc Lancaster / Post staff reporter
Days off are a valuable commodity during baseball season, and sacrificing one of them to play another game isn't high on the preferred list of activities.
That's what the Reds will do Monday when they play the Pirates in Cooperstown, N.Y., but manager Jerry Narron said he expects those who might not be enthusiastic about the side trip to come around eventually.
"The players, the last thing they want to do right now on an off day is play a game, but I think Sunday when they get in the Hall they'll appreciate it," said Narron. "The guys that have not been there, I'm sure, will appreciate it."
Narron has been twice; once when managing in Class AA and again when the Texas Rangers played in the game in 1999.
Don't expect the Reds to keep a lineup of regulars out there very long. They'll take nine players from various minor league affiliates to fill out the roster. They are: pitchers Chris Michalak (Louisville), Carlos Guevara (Chattanooga) and Abe Woody (Sarasota), catcher Chris Denove (Dayton), infielders Jeff Bannon (Louisville), Luis Bolivar (Chattanooga) and Eric Eymann (Dayton) and outfielders Alex Sanchez (Louisville) and Chris Dickerson (Chattanooga).
Bannon, 26, has caught the eye of the big-league coaching staff before. He appeared in 17 spring training games as an extra player (hitting .400) and is off to a good start this season. He's hitting .303 in 10 games with Louisville after hitting .290 in 11 games with Chattanooga.
"Every time I've seen Jeff Bannon play, he has played well," said Narron. "You talk to anybody on our coaching staff, he's a favorite not only of mine but of everybody on our coaching staff because every time we see him he does something good."
"Enjoy this Reds fans, you are watching a legend grow up before your very eyes" ... DoogMinAmo on Adam Dunn