Folks also have to realize that Hanigan's hitting has diminished. His OPS the last three years were .834, .714, .703. His power has declined.
People also have to realize that Hanigan hits lefties way better than righties. Lifetime split is .822 v. .701. Last year his OPS against righties was .661.
I'm a big fan of Hanigan, but the trend on his hitting isn't very good. If Mes shows hitting ability at the major league level, the differential could be large.
All in all, I think the Reds have a pretty good situation. They have a great mentor for the guy who is tabbed as the future, who has a lot of room for improvement in the mentor's area of expertise. When the transition is completely made will come down to Mes breaking through with his bat. I think that is the main point that started this stimulating discussion.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
And Hanigan is there to mentor Mes. The point still stands, Posada took over from Girardi under extremely similar circumstances. The kid had the bat and his defense was good enough. When Posada was ready, Torre didn't hesitate to play him.
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Catcher Miguel Olivo has asked for and been granted his release by the Reds, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via Twitter). It was previously reported that Olivo was mulling whether to accept a $100k bonus and report to Triple-A, or instead test the market. Olivo could be an option for the Marlins, writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
He signed with the Marlins.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
I may not be fast, but I sure am slow.
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
Mes wasn't ready for prime time last year. Hopefully this year is different. He could mean a big difference.
So, Hanigan catches Bailey tonight -- 4 games in a row without a Mesoraco sighting.
24 Years and Counting...
maybe he get's 1/5 lol
Mesoraco caught Arroyo late in the spring and Dusty said it was because guys can't catch day games after night games. Then the first day game after a night game we see Hanigan catching Arroyo after catching the night before. Ok, it is early. Now we are 4 starts in and Mesoraco hasn't seen a start, much less an at bat after being arguably the best hitter in the spring. I really hope he is sick, or dealing with a small injury or something, because otherwise I just don't get it. Mesoraco has been on the Reds roster every day since September 2nd, 2012. This makes 32 games since then. Mesoraco has 0 starts and 3 at bats.