He would be an incredible role model for young, aspiring pitchers about how to work hard, how to "pitch" instead of just rearin' back and throwing...I'd be thrilled to see him in a Red's uniform for years...COACHING!!
May all of our Reds have the same class and professionalism as Paul Wilson...
Here's to you Paul...best of luck!!
(That being said, 1 less mountain for Belisle to climb )
You cannot defeat an ignorant man in an argument!
-William Gibbs McAdoo
Though many of us here are sure trying
Sports are a precarious thing; it's a shame when the body breaks down and ruins a career. I never feel happy when a guy who was productive, who set a good example who seems like a nice guy falls on hard times because of injuries, but then again it's not like the guy's gonna be going to a soup kitchen anytime soon.
I hope he get's healthy and improves so that the Reds can bring him back when he's 40, because he knows how to play the game.
Next Reds manager, second shooter. --Confirmed on Redszone.
But seriously, all the luck in the world to Paul. The year he had in 2004 was inspirational. I remember when he and the rest of the young ex-Mets starters graced the cover of Sports Weekly, I ran out to buy it. Even if it ended badly for Paul in Cincinnati, I'm glad he was here. He was the consumate professional, and an awesome teammate. Last year betweem rehab starts in Dayton he would be in the Reds dugout cheering on the team. Great guy.
I am slightly saddened however, when I read in Fay's blog that he was not offered the option to go to AAA. Why not stick him down there if he is willing and let him rub off on Livingston, Lizard and Bailey? Classy guy. Best of luck Paul!
Tom Shearn... who knew?
Reds reccord when I attend in 2007: 6-1
No suprise really. I saw Paul's outing against the Phillies on March 5 and he was no where near a major league pitcher anymore. No gun on the board at Sarasota, but if he was hitting 82, i would have been a bit suprised.
I understand the Reds giving Paul the chance out of respect for what he did, I just wish he didn't take take away innings from guys with a more legitimate chance to make the team this spring. I wish him well.
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Thanks for the memories Paul...
"I don't want to embarrass any other catcher by comparing him to Johnny Bench."
Wish Paul the best of luck...hopefully he can catch on elsewhere....
That's the right move for the Reds and Paul Wilson. He gave it a great effort but now it's over and it's time for both parties to move on.
Paul may make a good coach down the line. Maybe he'll explore that approach now.
It's not Paul's fault but the Reds wasted several innings on him that could have been used to evaluate other pitching. I wish Paul the best and hope one of the NL Central clubs feel the need to put him in their rotation.
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I'll never question his heart or his desire, but him making this team would have been a step back.
I wish him nothing but the best, and perhaps he'll make a good coach someday!
Mark Portugal's release. That one was a surprise.
Makes all the routine posts.
Boy that's an interesting idea to think about if you're a reds fan, isn't it? The reds do not have playing time at AAA for players that aren't in their plans.
That's just wild to think about.
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"Even a bad day at the ballpark beats the snot out of most other good days. I'll take my scorecard and pencil and beer and hot dog and rage at the dips and cheer at the highs, but I'm not ever going to stop loving this game and this team and nobody will ever take that away from me." Roy Tucker October 2010
Maybe he can sign as a mentor/assistant/coach type thing in the minors.