Hugs, smiling, and interactive Twitter accounts, don't mean winning baseball. Until this community understands that we are cursed to relive the madness.
"I am your child from the future. I'm sorry I didn't tell you this earlier." - Dylan Easton
Seems like they're already in a scramble over who gets sent down or released if they bring Joey back before September.
I think it's iffy that they bring him as a September "get your feet wet" move.
Maybe to sell more tickets. But the attendance lately says they don't need any gimmicks. And the Cardinals series will guarantee another sellout this weekend. Oops.........maybe I got it wrong........is that in St. Louis or at home this coming weekend?
"I can't take this homerism anymore." - 10xWSChamps, August 11, 2010. A Cardinals fan having a problem with all the homerism on Redszone. Classic.
"Man do I miss the days where were didn't need a calculator and an encyclopedia of baseball metrics to enjoy a baseball game ... - MikeS21" - 8/2/12 game thread
If the Reds feel Hamilton would not lose the game for them with his glove if Cozart goes down (I have never seen him play defensively) and he demonstrates that he is an intelligent base runner during September (not getting picked off), I think the idea is interesting. If Cozart is not hurt in the playoffs, he is more valuable than Valdez. In an extra inning game, Mike Leake could pinch hit and be almost as effective as Valdez IMO.
For a team that has won all year with pitching and defense, I really doubt they will weaken themselves considerably at every OF position by going with a Frazier-Bruce-Ludwick combo out here.
Career numbers.. Stubbs has 473 hits + 169 walks. He has scored 277 runs.
That's a rate of scoring of 43.1%, which is pretty darn impressive. I guess the perception is that he's benefited from hitting in front of Votto most of his career. That is true to some extent, but if you look at his career splits, he's appeared in 270 games batting #1 or #2. He's appeared in 183 games batting in other places.. So the "top of the order" benefit is not as great as it appears.
Maybe Hannigan is an upgrade at the top of the order.. I'm not discounting that.. However, I think there's more than just comparing OBP in making this decision.. Drew's power and speed leads to a lot of runs scored. With 40 games left, he's on pace to score 93 runs this year, despite being OBP challenged.
Thank you Walt and Bob for bringing winning baseball back to Cincy -- it was nice while it lasted..
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
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