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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    1st MLB hit for Castillo (in 2 ab's). Congrats kid.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Wilkin Castillo does not look like a catcher.

    However, if he can hit a little, I like his versatility off the bench--especially with the limited five-man bench. Does he have any speed? The Pirates seem to be paying attention to him.
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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    This is September, dude. That's how he learns to pitch in a pennant race. As my good friend Hank Aaron told me...
    Go ahead, laugh, but that was a great move by Baker. Volquez was dying to pitch that inning. He felt good. Baker says to Volquez, in effect, I care about your goals, I'll let you pitch the extra frame to help you meet your goal of possibly winning twenty.

    That's the way you build a team. It's not all mechanics, pitch counts, and OPS numbers. It's building team spirit and loyalty that makes a young player want to play hard for you.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Quote Originally Posted by CTA513 View Post
    Why was Morgan trying to bunt when he was at 0-2?
    Because he lost track of the count.
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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Klu View Post
    Wilkin Castillo does not look like a catcher.

    However, if he can hit a little, I like his versatility off the bench--especially with the limited five-man bench. Does he have any speed? The Pirates seem to be paying attention to him.
    He looks nothing like a catcher at all. He looks like a little CFer or 2nd baseman. He can run, it's one of his best tools.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Go ahead, laugh, but that was a great move by Baker. Volquez was dying to pitch that inning. He felt good. Baker says to Volquez, in effect, I care about your goals, I'll let you pitch the extra frame to help you meet your goal of possibly winning twenty.

    That's the way you build a team. It's not all mechanics, pitch counts, and OPS numbers. It's building team spirit and loyalty that makes a young player want to play hard for you.
    Sorry, but letting your young ace throw 117 pitches in September when the team is awful is far from a great move. I'd like to have him healthy for the long term.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Craig Biggio did not look like a catcher either.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Go ahead, laugh, but that was a great move by Baker. Volquez was dying to pitch that inning. He felt good. Baker says to Volquez, in effect, I care about your goals, I'll let you pitch the extra frame to help you meet your goal of possibly winning twenty.

    That's the way you build a team. It's not all mechanics, pitch counts, and OPS numbers. It's building team spirit and loyalty that makes a young player want to play hard for you.
    I'm not laughing. I agree with that mentality. I only question the fact that he'd been getting hit rather hard the past 2 innings. Of course, he did finish that 6th inning off with 3 straight K's, so that could've been the deciding factor for Dusty. But that late in a game, nothing really on the line, and his recent struggles....Edinson must've really sold Dusty that he was fine. VERY questionable decision though. IMO though, the pitch count wasn't that big of a deal.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Keppinger GIDP. I called that one. That's all he does these days.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    He looks nothing like a catcher at all. He looks like a little CFer or 2nd baseman. He can run, it's one of his best tools.
    Sounds a little like Eli Marrero.

    Is he a legitimate option as a second or third catcher? Unlike many others on here, I like carrying three catchers, but at least one of them has to be a viable option at other positions. If Castillo can stick as a utility INF/OF and switch-hitter with speed off the bench, he can be very useful.
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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Jeff Keppinger annoys me greatly.
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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    No 17 tonight...

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Sorry, but letting your young ace throw 117 pitches when the team is awful is far from a great move. I'd like to have him healthy for the long term.
    I'd like to see him healthy too but I stand on my comment.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Jeff Keppinger is exactly the type of player I don't want on the team next year. He does nothing well other then play a lot of positions.

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    Re: Reds vs Pirates 9/3/08

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Klu View Post
    Sounds a little like Eli Marrero.

    Is he a legitimate option as a second or third catcher? Unlike many others on here, I like carrying three catchers, but at least one of them has to be a viable option at other positions. If Castillo can stick as a utility INF/OF and switch-hitter with speed off the bench, he can be very useful.
    There is no way he could be a ctacher everyday, but like you said if the Reds are going to do the carrying three catchers thing he'd be the guy I'd want as a 3rd stringer.


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