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    was questioned by Mad Dog about the Reds inability to get runs in with the hitters we have. Mad Dog pretty much said it was inexcusable, Casali pretty much said it's really not his place to say this, but the Reds might need to rethink our hitting philosophy. Stop swinging for the fences every pitch and play more situational baseball. Interesting. Will things change?

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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    In short, be a smart hitter.

    I'd appreciate the movement toward that type of hitting.

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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsFanInMS View Post
    was questioned by Mad Dog about the Reds inability to get runs in with the hitters we have. Mad Dog pretty much said it was inexcusable, Casali pretty much said it's really not his place to say this, but the Reds might need to rethink our hitting philosophy. Stop swinging for the fences every pitch and play more situational baseball. Interesting. Will things change?
    He's absolutely right. Castellano, Suarez, Winker, and Barnhart all seemed to be trying to hit just about every pitch at least 500 feet. I can think of three reasons for this:

    1. They all grew up watching the PED induced home run derby of the 1990's.
    2. GABP and its tempting dimensions.
    3. The shift. And i think this is the big one. Guys getting sick and tired of hitting the ball sharply into the shift for an out for what was usually a hit for 120+ years. Why not just hit the ball out of the park where no one can catch it.
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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsFanInMS View Post
    was questioned by Mad Dog about the Reds inability to get runs in with the hitters we have. Mad Dog pretty much said it was inexcusable, Casali pretty much said it's really not his place to say this, but the Reds might need to rethink our hitting philosophy. Stop swinging for the fences every pitch and play more situational baseball. Interesting. Will things change?
    Yes, saw the interview, agree - Casali said we may want to reconsider how hard we swing as a club.

    Casali noted that teams deeper in the playoffs didn’t seem to use that same approach.

    Personally, I was most upset about Winker and Castellanos. Winker’s overall numbers were good, but his game lost all that on base consistency. And Castellanos, the doubles machine, same deal.

    Hope it changes for the better next season.
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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    I wonder if that bit of honesty is a sign that he doesn't think he's on the Reds next year?
    Bud Selig: "I'm the worst commissioner ever"
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    I wonder if that bit of honesty is a sign that he doesn't think he's on the Reds next year?
    As the opening post points out, Curt prefaced the comment saying, in essence, next year’s hitting approach isn’t his call. He was careful and respectful in his statement, he didn’t sound like someone cutting his ties.

    Of course, the trade of a Reds catcher is possible with Tyler Steve on his way.
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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    I'm impressed by Casali. He seems like the smartest "baseball" player on the roster, He's a very good defender who is in tune with Johnson's philosophy and he is a threat at the plate. He's not a full-time catcher, but if Stephenson is coming, I'd sell high on Barnhart's gold glove and keep Casali as the tandem catcher.
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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    I'm impressed by Casali. He seems like the smartest "baseball" player on the roster, He's a very good defender who is in tune with Johnson's philosophy and he is a threat at the plate. He's not a full-time catcher, but if Stephenson is coming, I'd sell high on Barnhart's gold glove and keep Casali as the tandem catcher.
    I agree. Trade Barnhart, call up TySteve, and keep Casali as the other catcher.

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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    I'm impressed by Casali. He seems like the smartest "baseball" player on the roster, He's a very good defender who is in tune with Johnson's philosophy and he is a threat at the plate. He's not a full-time catcher, but if Stephenson is coming, I'd sell high on Barnhart's gold glove and keep Casali as the tandem catcher.
    Sell high on Barnhart?
    When I see the 2016 Reds, I see a 100 loss team and no direction.

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    Sell high on Barnhart?
    Exactly. Don't just settle for one or two albums. Make sure to get the entire Alice In Chains box set.
    "Taylorís not wrong about needing to change the culture. Heís just going after the wrong culture. As I wrote Sunday, itís the Upstairs culture that needs changing, not the Downstairs. The only person whoís ever done a thing about that culture is now assisting Herm Edwards at Arizona State." -PD

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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Sheed View Post
    Exactly. Don't just settle for one or two albums. Make sure to get the entire Alice In Chains box set.
    I think Barnhart could be pretty marketable on the trade market with what amounts to a very reasonable contract in a time where teams are looking for cost efficient options to upgrade positions.

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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    Casali’s offensive prowess is mostly against lefties (lifetime .816 OPS, .682 v righties). Beating up LHP should be part of RHH Stephenson’s role. Casali is also coming off a year with good overall offensive stats which adds trade value.

    I’m not sure Reds will trade either catcher, especially if the DH is agreed upon. They could keep three catchers and use one as a DH against lefties. Or maybe Tyler gets more AAA time.

    But if they do trade, move the veteran who brings more return, the future is with Tyler in any event.
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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    Quote Originally Posted by redsfanmia View Post
    Sell high on Barnhart?
    HE won a gold glove. It's not getting any higher. Everyone knows he doesn't hit.
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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Casali’s offensive prowess is mostly against lefties (lifetime .816 OPS, .682 v righties). Beating up LHP should be part of RHH Stephenson’s role. Casali is also coming off a year with good overall offensive stats which adds trade value.

    I’m not sure Reds will trade either catcher, especially if the DH is agreed upon. They could keep three catchers and use one as a DH against lefties. Or maybe Tyler gets more AAA time.

    But if they do trade, move the veteran who brings more return, the future is with Tyler in any event.
    I don't think dividing the PT by which hand they hit with makes much sense since Barnhart doesn't hit much either way and Stephenson is better paired with more veteran pitchers as he's breaking into the big leagues. Generally, Casali plays when Castillo and Mahle pitch, while the less experienced Stephenson catches the vets Miley, Lorenzen and Gray. It doesn't have to be set in stone and will vary based on who is banged up or who is hot, but I think it makes sense given Castillo's success with Casali and Stephenson's lack of experience.

    Besides, I want fewer lefty bats in the line-up since the shift has them all baffled. Barnhart seems the one to go. Stephenson's RH pop balances the line-up a bit.
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    Re: Curt Casali on High Heat

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Sheed View Post
    Exactly. Don't just settle for one or two albums. Make sure to get the entire Alice In Chains box set.
    Kind of what I mean. Maybe he brings back a middling prospect as opposed to minor league filler.
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