Former major leaguer Jim Traber (check him out on youtube chasing down a Japanese pitcher) hosts a radio show here in Oklahoma City. Traber also worked with the DBacks when Thom B. was there and they are good friends, which is why I assume Marty was on his show yesterday.
I doubt Marty said anything on the air here that he hasn't repeated for you all locally, but I figured I'd share anyway.
--Says the organization has the most talent/depth in the pitching department that he's seen in his 37 years with the Reds.
--Says the rumors about Champmann not having command are "not accurate." Says he has nothing to indicate that finding the plate will be a problem for him.
--Says Homer was awesome in September last year when he finally realized "that he didn't write the book on pitching" and become receptive to coaching/advice. Marty seems to be very high on Homer now.
--Big year for Cueto....too inconsistent thus far and this year can't use youth as a crutch. Time for him to do it night in and night out.
--Called Votto a superstar and also defended Bruce's low batting average last year by saying he was still on pace for big power numbers before the wrist injury. Thinks Jay will rebound in 2010.
--Thinks the Hernandez resigning was biggest move of off-season (besides Champman). Also glad Gomes is back.
--Says the organization did everything they could this off-season to improve the club. Fans can't have issue with the effort of the FO.
--Talked a bit about Stubbs and Dickerson, using them as examples of quality young talent.
--Traber is VERY critical of the local Thunder announcers for being homers and went into "homerism" with Marty. Marty said he never uses "we" and "them" and says that he has probably been given more room to speak his mind than any announcer in the history of the game. Says he appreciates that and just want folks to consider him "credible."
--Finished by saying Reds are headed in right direction and that the offense won't need to be THAT much better for us to improve our win total with this pitching staff. Thinks the Reds could very well be in contention come September.