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    WBC leaves Peña rusty

    WBC leaves Peña rusty

    BY JOHN FAY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

    SARASOTA, Fla. - Wily Mo Peña is going to the World Baseball Classic semifinals with the Dominican Republic.

    But that does not mean he'll be getting any at-bats.

    Peña has played in two of the Dominican's six games and has just six at-bats in the WBC so far.

    That's not good for a player who is still developing.

    "It's out of our hands," Reds hitting coach Chris Chambliss said. "But it's not the ideal situation."

    Peña, 24, had his development stunted in part by the structure of his contract. When he was 21, the Reds were forced to keep him in the big leagues or risk losing him. He has three full years in the majors but only 830 at-bats.

    Peña got three at-bats before he left to join the Dominican Republic team on March 3. He'll end up missing at least 17 days of spring training.

    Reds manager Jerry Narron couldn't say how much the inactivity will hurt Peña.

    "I don't think it helps him, sitting and not playing," Narron said.

    Peña will be back in time for the Reds' final 12 spring games.

    "That's the good part," Chambliss said. "When he returns, we'll get him as many at-bats as we can. Hitters are able to get ready faster than pitchers."

    Peña was penciled in as the Reds' starting left fielder. He has played that position less than the other outfield spots.

    It no longer seems a given than Peña will play every day. Adam Dunn started in left field Thursday and Rich Aurilia played first base.

    Aurilia and Scott Hatteberg give the Reds right- and left-handed options at first base when Dunn plays left.

    So Peña's spring inactivity could cost him playing time, especially early in the season.

    "We can't change it now," Chambliss said. "Obviously, it would be better if he was playing."

    E-mail jfay@enquirer.com

    http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...603170363/1071

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    Re: WBC leaves Peña rusty

    Ridiculous if Narron benches Pena in favor of his boy Aurilia or Hatteberg or Womack just because Wily Mo chose to represent his country. It's not like he sit around and did nothing during the offseason; he played Winter Ball in the Dominican.

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    Re: WBC leaves Peña rusty

    if he benches him it's because he can't make contact or play defense.

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    Re: WBC leaves Peña rusty

    Two weeks should be enough time for Pena to shake off any rustiness. He will be fine. At least he won't get any more than a splinter from sitting on the bench.
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    Re: WBC leaves Peña rusty

    I don't know whether to be happy that agreed with me or not.

    I want you guys to be right (and me wrong), trust me.

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    Re: WBC leaves Peña rusty

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
    "I don't think it helps him, sitting and not playing," Narron said.
    agreed. Play him.

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    Re: WBC leaves Peña rusty

    As I said in the thread about Team USA losing in the tournament:

    "Personally, I don't find it funny that Team USA bit the dust. OTOH, I'm not particularlly upset about it either.

    My main focus is on THE CINCINNATI REDS and the sooner we get JR and WMP back in camp the better, as far as I'm concerned."

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    Re: WBC leaves Peña rusty

    I swear, sometimes I get the feeling that there's no difference between baseball teams and one of those needly little ladies' church social groups. In both cases it's just a bunch of people with too much time on their hands, jawing about whoever isn't there at the moment.

    Pena played winter ball. I think it's fair to assume he's doing something other than eating beans and rice while with the Dominican club. He has gotten into two games and no way would that happen if he were completely out of synch.

    In general this strikes me as a bunch of grown men grousing over nothing.
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    Re: WBC leaves Peña rusty

    This is whining, whining and more whining. Puleeze....get a grip. The consensus is that the WBC has been a success and good for the future of the game.

    So what's this? Yeah...play it but don't use MY players? The Reds got off really well in terms of player usage anyway. WMP and Valentin rode the pine a bit (not that they're not used to it). How many ABs were they going to get in ST anyway? 10? 15? Both of them played winter ball. They're in much better shape than most.

    JR got to face some REAL pitching instead of the watered down mix of frightened minor leaguer kids and washed up veterans fighting for a roster spot.
    And none of our pitchers were used. There's a mixed blessing if you ask me.

    Narron and Chambliss are already preparing their excuses for 2006. I can see it now...WMP and Valentin haven't hit because they didn't play in ST?
    We have to play McCracken because WMP was late to ST?
    Pathetic.
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    Re: WBC leaves Peña rusty

    Quote Originally Posted by M2
    I swear, sometimes I get the feeling that there's no difference between baseball teams and one of those needly little ladies' church social groups. In both cases it's just a bunch of people with too much time on their hands, jawing about whoever isn't there at the moment.

    Pena played winter ball. I think it's fair to assume he's doing something other than eating beans and rice while with the Dominican club. He has gotten into two games and no way would that happen if he were completely out of synch.

    In general this strikes me as a bunch of grown men grousing over nothing.
    Exactly; like 40 at bats in early spring training games is going to hurt his development. He is still taking batting practice and other baseball related activities even though he has played in only a couple games.

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    Re: WBC leaves Peña rusty

    Quote Originally Posted by oneupper
    JR got to face some REAL pitching instead of the watered down mix of frightened minor leaguer kids and washed up veterans fighting for a roster spot.
    Yep. Canada and South Africa are a couple of 'Pitching Powerhouses'. :

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    Re: WBC leaves Peña rusty

    Quote Originally Posted by M2
    In general this strikes me as a bunch of grown men grousing over nothing.
    In general this strikes me as a grown man grousing over nothing about grousing over nothing.

    Rem


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