I'm glad this guy isn't in charge of things.
Which jersey fits better?
Calling up a pitching gem like Bailey still very tempting
The Reds, despite the fact that they led the National League wild-card race going into Saturday, seem to be a team in need of a boost.
They're a week removed from an eight-game winning streak, but the homestand that could have solidified their position as a contender has been a massive flop.
Fans want something done. They want to trade Jason LaRue. They want to trade Adam Dunn. They want to move Felipe Lopez to third. They want to move Edwin Encarnacion to first.
But today we present an option that undoubtedly will reap benefits and doesn't involve the cooperation of another team or someone learning a new position:
Bring up Homer Bailey.
Bailey, the Reds' No. 1 prospect, is pitching at Single-A Sarasota. He's likely to get bumped to Double-A in a few weeks.
Bailey's a starter - the Reds' best hope to become the No. 1 starter who has been missing since Jose Rijo's elbow went bad.
But you wouldn't bring up Bailey to start. Put him in the bullpen. Pitch him in the seventh and eighth innings.
You'd have to put rules on the way you use him. Never let him pitch two days in a row.
Bailey's stuff is major-league caliber right now. His fastball tops out at 97 mph and is consistently 95-96 mph.
Remember what the Reds said when they traded for Esteban Yan: He throws in the mid-90s. He gives us a different look out of the bullpen.
Bailey throws harder than Yan and has better stuff across the board.
The Reds are taking the patient approach with Bailey, which is admirable.
If the Reds didn't have a chance to make the playoffs this year, it would be silly to rush him along. But when small-market teams are in a position to contend into late summer, they've got to tweak their plans.
The Reds have brought up a young prospect to help the club before. In 1970, Don Gullett, then 19, broke camp with the club.
Gullett pitched in 44 games that year. He started two, saved six and pitched a total of 77 innings.
Gullett went on to be a No. 1 starter. His career ended prematurely. But his problems had more to do with throwing 217 innings at 20 years old than throwing 77 innings as a 19-year-old.
One of the reasons for the Detroit Tigers' success has been the pushing along of some of the young arms in their system. Manager Jim Leyland told Sports Illustrated that if they're throwing 96, 97 in Lakeland, they can throw 96, 97 in Detroit.
All that said, I don't think you'll see Bailey up with the Reds this year.
When I asked general manager Wayne Krivsky about David Shafer, the 24-year-old who's 21-for-21 in saves at Double-A Chattanooga, he said, "He's put himself in line for a promotion."
But Krivsky was talking about Triple-A Louisville, not Cincinnati.
Krivsky says he would have players skip levels only in very rare cases.
But the Reds are coming upon a critical period. This is when the 2002 and 2004 teams disappeared from the race.
Reds CEO Bob Castellini fancies himself a fan. He also admits he's not a patient man.
Your typical impatient Reds fan was ready to tear up the roster by the time the Reds' losing streak hit five last week.
Krivsky says he hasn't gotten any mandate from Castellini to shake up things.
"He wants us to do things that make sense," Krivsky said.
And to Krivsky and his people, moving Bailey up two levels doesn't make sense.
We see the logic in that.
But say Bailey was in another organization, or say he was 24 instead of 20 and had three years in the minors instead of one, his arm is just the kind the Reds would love to have for their bullpen.
Krivsky does not tip his hand. But you have to think he's trying to pull off something bigger than the Juan Castro-for-Brandon Roberts trade.
But when asked about pitchers in the minors Friday, he mentioned Jason Standridge, Ryan Wagner, Mike Burns, Brad
Salmon and Mike Venafro.
Not Homer Bailey.