Sounds very unlikely Rich will be back next year.
Sounds like Loshe will be back and in the rotation. Says the #5 spot will be decided in spring training between EZ, Belisle, and hopefully somebody from the outside whether it be by trade or free agency. He didn't mention Claussen or Homer.
Wayne said they were "never close" to bringing Homer up last year. Said he and Jerry had fun with the media last year. He says Homer did everything he wanted him to last year. The goal for Homer is to come up and never go back. Used Phillips as an example about how devastating it was to be sent down. Says Homer controls his timetable, whether it be in spring training or Louisville (so I think he will start in Louisville at worst).
-Claussen won't be ready for opening day.
End of interview.
so that means Milton is the #3?
That's worked out great so far.
Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun
I felt, if encouraged is the right word, encouraged by him saying its up to Homer to decide when he's ready. He backed off earlier talk of it being a certain that he'd go to Louisville, and intimated that he could break camp with the big boys.
Will Hatt give up the number though?
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
Although I don't remember the context, he also, in a completely unrelated question having to do with the team as a whole and not at all Dunn specifically, mentioned Dunn in the future tense when referring to the possibilites of the team (contending, maybe?) next year. This borders on a psychological slip to me...ok, again, maybe I'm projecting, but if he was bound and determined to have Dunn out of his hands by the end of next week, I don't think it would have come out that way.
I do think that 2007 may be Dunn's "last chance" with this team. If his defense and his OBP continue to decline, then the team may well decline their option on him or even trade him at the end of the season to a contending team if the Reds are not. I don't think that contract was by happenstance, it's a very smart contract. And it's one of the first things he did in office. He's said over and over not to focus on Dunn's strikeouts. He's said that if Dunn were traded, the Reds would have some serious numbers to make up. I think he loves Dunn. For now.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
Someone today at Redsfest asked about Dunn taking off some pounds and getting more fit. Wayne said his trainers were going out to some players to see that they're working on their regimin (how do you spell that dang word????) and that he would definitely be going to Texas this offseason.
The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.