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    Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    Freel lacks patience, wants playing time
    By Hal McCoy

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    CINCINNATI The problem surfaced during baseball's winter meetings when
    former Cincinnati Reds general manager Dan O'Brien acquired second baseman Tony Womack.

    A second baseman? Why a second baseman? What about Ryan Freel and Richie Aurilia. If two is a crowd at second base, what is three?

    That's what Freel wants to know, not in a complaining manner, but a questioning manner. He knows O'Brien put manager Jerry Narron in a tenuous position where there isn't enough playing time for everybody.

    Freel didn't start on Opening Day. But he started Wednesday against a left-handed pitcher and was on base four times, stole three bases, scored three runs and was generally a pest that Orkin couldn't handle, let alone the Chicago Cubs.

    But when Thursday's lineup was posted, Freel wasn't on it.

    "It's only Day 3," said Freel, sitting at his locker with a bat in his hands. "A long way to go. But I started against a left-handed pitcher, but not against two right-handers. There are more right-handers than left-handers."

    Told that patience is a virtue and Narron would do everything in his power to spread the time, Freel smiled and said, "Patience. I'm not good at that, not good at patience. I've had a productive three years, but I know I'm in a tough role."

    Because Freel is adept at five positions, he shifts more than desert sand. Second base. Third base. Left field. Right field. Center field.

    "It's nice to be wanted and to be wanted because you are a good utility player who can play everywhere, but it's a disadvantage for a guy who would like to play every day at one position," he said. "As long as we're winning, I'm OK with it. I'm helping the team. But I also had a decent year last year getting on base and scoring runs."

    Edwin sits

    Edwin Encarnacion, 1 for 8 in his first two games, was not in Thursday's lineup, his place taken by Rich Aurilia.

    "Eddie is going to play and he wasn't in the lineup because he is 1 for 8," said manager Jerry Narron. "He'll play the next three days. I won't be spotting him as much this year as last year. He is going to play and he is going to be OK."

    Encarnacion looked unusually nervous on Opening Day three strikeouts and an error but seemed more at ease in Game 2.

    "The big crowd didn't make me nervous," he said. "I played in front of big crowds last year. I just tried to do too much on Opening Day and I don't know why. That was one day. I felt great (in Game 2) and I know I'll do my job this year, do a good job."

    LaRue's return

    Catcher Jason LaRue will catch a bullpen session today and trainer Mark Mann said he is doing so well that no residual effects are expected. LaRue underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery March 27 and is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday, a day before the Reds open a series in Chicago.

    "He should be ready to play that day," said Mann.

    And manager Jerry Narron is expected to stick him into the lineup, two weeks and a day after surgery.

    Deja vu for Mercker

    Relief pitcher Kent Mercker gave up a two-run pinch-hit home run Wednesday to Chicago's John Mabry, pulling the Cubs to within 7-6 in a game the Reds won, 8-6.

    "Did the same thing last year in my first appearance, gave up a two-run home run to Cliff Floyd," said Mercker. "Oh, well, I'll get it right. And at least President Bush knows I'm from Dublin, Oh."

    Bush met Mercker on Opening Day and noted that he knew Mercker lives in Dublin, not far from Cincinnati.

    Tracy's return

    Pittsburgh's new manager is Hamilton, Oh. native Jim Tracy, who was manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers before getting the Pirates job after last season.

    "Obviously, I have a lot of fond memories of this area," he said. "It's neat now because I get to come back here three times a year (with the Pirates) instead of once a year (with the Dodgers)."

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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    Can't say I blame him...at all. Have a perfect day and the next day sit...for Tony-freakin'-Womack.


    How is it only the fans see this and not management?

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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    If they aren't going to play him they ought to trade him for some relief pitching.
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    Problem is i think Rich should go... Sorry but its true both Womack and Freel can do the pretty much the same things if given the chance to succedd. Rich on the other hand could help us get some picthing just like randa did from a team whos suffering at 2nd!
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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    Its early buts heres research on teams of there 2b not doing to well....
    M Ellis Oakland .125,R Belliard CLE .115,A Hernandez NYM 12 AB 5 SO .000

    Thats it for now others are atleast over .150 LOL Maybe theres picthing in those hills?
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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    I did not care for not putting Freel in there after Wed's game, but then Womack went out and drove in a pair of big runs. Still, the Reds would not miss a beat if they dumped Womack tomorrow.

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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    I'm not one to advocate complaining about playing time (e.g. Rich A.), but I'm glad Freel said something. He seemed to do everything he needed to do to prove himself last season and gets the shaft.

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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    "Did the same thing last year in my first appearance, gave up a two-run home run to Cliff Floyd," said Mercker. "Oh, well, I'll get it right. And at least President Bush knows I'm from Dublin, Oh."


    Mercker cracks me up. I think I might make a compilation of all of Mercker and Dunn's good one-liners throughout the season. I could make a book of them after the season.

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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    Quote Originally Posted by NatiRedGals
    Its early buts heres research on teams of there 2b not doing to well....
    M Ellis Oakland .125,R Belliard CLE .115,A Hernandez NYM 12 AB 5 SO .000
    Mark Ellis is a very underrated ballplayer and tore the cover off the ball in the second half last year to the tune of a .982 OPS. I doubt the A's are looking to replace him.
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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaycint
    Mark Ellis is a very underrated ballplayer and tore the cover off the ball in the second half last year if I remember right. I doubt the A's are looking to replace him.
    And he has a great glove, 28 years old and this .316/.384/.477/.861 in THAT park.

    I want Mark Elllis on the Reds.

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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    Mark Ellis is Ryan Freel with slightly less speed, slightly more power, and better infield defense.
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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
    Mark Ellis is Ryan Freel with slightly less speed, slightly more power, and better infield defense.
    In other words, they are different

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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    Rosales looks like a player on the fast track and would seem to be a candidate to move to 2b. The one thing that is readily apparent at this point is that if the GM really is wanting to make a run then the bullpen situation must be addressed. 2-3 need to be replaced ASAP.
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    Re: Freel lacks patience, wants playing time

    "It's only Day 3," said Freel, sitting at his locker with a bat in his hands. "A long way to go. But I started against a left-handed pitcher, but not against two right-handers. There are more right-handers than left-handers."
    Freel smiled and said, "Patience. I'm not good at that, not good at patience. I've had a productive three years, but I know I'm in a tough role."
    "It's nice to be wanted and to be wanted because you are a good utility player who can play everywhere, but it's a disadvantage for a guy who would like to play every day at one position," .
    If Aurillia or Womack said that, I bet the mob here would be out to rip them a new one.

    I have no problem with Freel saying that, and wanting to play, but I just wanted to point out that Aurillia was labeled a bad apple when he said something similiar last year.
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    This team is a patchwork quilt, none of the pieces fit well together. Hopefully Krivsky is just using April to sort this mess out.
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