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    Jocketty Interview Notes - 1530

    Currently doing an interview with Mo on 1530AM. Some of these are paraphrased, but you get the idea. Just thought I'd share.

    Walt Jocketty on Shin-Soo Choo

    "Joey Votto sent me a text after the trade last night and he was very excited."

    "We've tried a couple of different deals for CF types that fell through. We talked to Cleveland about Choo last year at deadline, but this one came together kind of fast over the past couple of days. We put this together Sat, Sun, and Mon. Finalized late last night, about 9PM. It was a deal we felt was very important to us. Hurt to give up Didi. SS is "locked up" with Cozart for 5-6 years."

    "With the way the money has gone, we don't know what to expect going into the future. If we sign him, great, if not, we know we have BH to take over."

    "We'll let the year play out (2013) before visiting trying to sign Choo to extension."

    "One of the deals we had in place required trading a few of our top young pitchers. Just not something we wanted to do."

    "This is probably the best lineup we've had here...at least in my time."

    "We think Choo will be at least average in CF. He came up in SEA as a CF then moved him to RF because they had, I think, Adam Jones there as well. We think he should be able to cover CF here at GABP, which isn't really a very big CF."

    "Dusty and I have discussed moving Bruce to CF. I thnk we're going to go into ST with an open mind but we'd prefer to keep Jay in RF."

    "If Hannahan gets done, he'll be a LHH that'll play several INF positions."

    "Hannahan/Donald will not proclude us from bringing back Scott."

    "If Rolen does come back, he's thought about how he'll adapt to a lesser role than what he's used to."

    "We want to go into ST with flexibility in the rotation. Chapman could start, or could start in the bullpen and then start later in the year. I think our pitching staff and roster is pretty well set. I like competition but we'll still look for ways to add depth to the organization in AAA and AA."

    "Well, I'm going, I have a home in Phoenix, so we're going to go there for Christmas."

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    Re: Jocketty Interview Notes - 1530

    Quote Originally Posted by mattfeet View Post
    Currently doing an interview with Mo on 1530AM. Some of these are paraphrased, but you get the idea. Just thought I'd share.

    Walt Jocketty on Shin-Soo Choo

    "Joey Votto sent me a text after the trade last night and he was very excited."

    "We've tried a couple of different deals for CF types that fell through. We talked to Cleveland about Choo last year at deadline, but this one came together kind of fast over the past couple of days. We put this together Sat, Sun, and Mon. Finalized late last night, about 9PM. It was a deal we felt was very important to us. Hurt to give up Didi. SS is "locked up" with Cozart for 5-6 years."

    "With the way the money has gone, we don't know what to expect going into the future. If we sign him, great, if not, we know we have BH to take over."

    "We'll let the year play out (2013) before visiting trying to sign Choo to extension."

    "One of the deals we had in place required trading a few of our top young pitchers. Just not something we wanted to do."

    "This is probably the best lineup we've had here...at least in my time."

    "We think Choo will be at least average in CF. He came up in SEA as a CF then moved him to RF because they had, I think, Adam Jones there as well. We think he should be able to cover CF here at GABP, which isn't really a very big CF."

    "Dusty and I have discussed moving Bruce to CF. I thnk we're going to go into ST with an open mind but we'd prefer to keep Jay in RF."

    "If Hannahan gets done, he'll be a LHH that'll play several INF positions."

    "Hannahan/Donald will not proclude us from bringing back Scott."

    "If Rolen does come back, he's thought about how he'll adapt to a lesser role than what he's used to."

    "We want to go into ST with flexibility in the rotation. Chapman could start, or could start in the bullpen and then start later in the year. I think our pitching staff and roster is pretty well set. I like competition but we'll still look for ways to add depth to the organization in AAA and AA."

    "Well, I'm going, I have a home in Phoenix, so we're going to go there for Christmas."
    I like the attitude and expertise Walt brings to the table. He's just the best thing to happen to this franchise in years and years.

    Interesting, he used the word "if" when speaking about Rolen. I think rolen on this team would be beneficial. Let's hope he changes his mind.
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    Re: Jocketty Interview Notes - 1530

    Walt can now go do that fishing he was accused of doing for a few offseasons without any complaint?
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    Re: Jocketty Interview Notes - 1530

    Where is the outrage about Walt leaving open the possibility of Chapman starting the season in the bullpen?

    Not a very RedsZone thing for Walt to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Where is the outrage about Walt leaving open the possibility of Chapman starting the season in the bullpen?

    Not a very RedsZone thing for Walt to say.
    Why would there be outrage? He clearly said it would be starting in the bullpen with the intent of saving Chapman's innings so he could be stretched out through the end of the season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutus View Post
    Why would there be outrage? He clearly said it would be starting in the bullpen with the intent of saving Chapman's innings so he could be stretched out through the end of the season.
    I just wonder how are they going to do that. If they are going to do that he's surely not going to close unless they go to the old-fashioned closer who pitched 3 innings. That wouldn't be a bad idea but I don't see the Reds doing that. If they were to put him in long relief, I don't see him getting enough work to build up his innings unless Dusty puts Sparky to shame with a quick hook. If the Reds are down 3-0 in the 3rd inning, do they pull the starter and pitch Chapman for 3-4 innings? Dusty's MO is to give his starters every opportunity to get 5 innings in to get that win - even if the Reds are losing. I think we can all agree that Dusty is pretty set in his ways and doesn't change the way he uses his players very quickly.

    The other alternative would be to send him down to AAA but I - and many others - would hate to see one of the best arms in baseball not on the Reds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    The other alternative would be to send him down to AAA but I - and many others - would hate to see one of the best arms in baseball not on the Reds.
    I still think it's the best way to go. Even if Chapman gets the pseudo starter treatment and pitches 2-3 innings each time out, there's no taking away the fact that the big leagues are hyper-outcome focused. No one wants to see Chapman work on his change up in a tight ballgame when he could easily just blow everyone away with heat. To me, the twenty innings of relief are of pretty dubious value to the team if it means Chapman isn't prepared when the time comes for him to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Where is the outrage about Walt leaving open the possibility of Chapman starting the season in the bullpen?

    Not a very RedsZone thing for Walt to say.
    I've seen many who think it is best to start Chapman later in the year, including myself. I think the question is whether to rest him until a month or two before, or use him in the pen until then and stretch him out. I like the Medlen Method
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    Quote Originally Posted by 11larkin11 View Post
    I've seen many who think it is best to start Chapman later in the year, including myself. I think the question is whether to rest him until a month or two before, or use him in the pen until then and stretch him out. I like the Medlen Method
    My hope is that they pitch him roughly every fifth day where he can throw on the side and keep a routine going before they move him into the rotation in (presumably) May.
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    Re: Jocketty Interview Notes - 1530

    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Where is the outrage about Walt leaving open the possibility of Chapman starting the season in the bullpen?

    Not a very RedsZone thing for Walt to say.
    Because he was still talking about him starting. Just slowly working up his endurance in the pen until he's stretched out enough to start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post
    Because he was still talking about him starting. Just slowly working up his endurance in the pen until he's stretched out enough to start.
    If so, it impacts the roster. It means Leake makes the team as a starter. It means the bullpen is well stocked with Chapman. And it means Reds may have to find a reliever later in the season when Aroldis starts games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    If so, it impacts the roster. It means Leake makes the team as a starter. It means the bullpen is well stocked with Chapman. And it means Reds may have to find a reliever later in the season when Aroldis starts games.
    I don't think there was ever any question that what they do with Aroldis would have instant ramifications on the roster. Early, mid and late season. This is exactly why I felt that Leake would be kept starting and going up and down all year from Louisville. Once Chapman is starting fairly regularly, Leake goes down and a reliever comes up to replace him. When Chapman's NOT starting, Leake is, and the reliever goes down to Louisville because Aroldis will be in the bullpen. Just my take.
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    Re: Jocketty Interview Notes - 1530

    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Where is the outrage about Walt leaving open the possibility of Chapman starting the season in the bullpen?

    Not a very RedsZone thing for Walt to say.
    Most of us are completely cool with getting him there in a reasonable way; just not dismissing the goal entirely.
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    Man, what a great GM we have. It's really amazing. Ownership too. Never thought I'd say that about a professional sports team in Cincinnati.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benihana View Post
    Man, what a great GM we have. It's really amazing. Ownership too. Never thought I'd say that about a professional sports team in Cincinnati.
    This. Firing Krivsky and installing Jocketty as GM was absolutely the right move by Bob.
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