I’m back!

What, you didn’t notice that I was gone? My feelings are hurt.

I’ve been in South Carolina on a big golf trip. The weather was great, the golf was great, and — even better — the wireless internet was screwed up so I didn’t even turn on my laptop. I haven’t paid a bit of attention to the Reds for a few days.

Yes, great trip.

Anyway, what did I miss? What do you wanna talk about on this final off-day of the 2009 baseball season?

18 Responses

  1. doktor

    1. Welcome Back Chad. (slacker, :mrgreen: )
    2. How well did you golf?
    3. You need better minions to take over while you are gone. 😀
    4. Big Juan, The Cisco kid, swinging a potent bat right now.

  2. Mike in Louisville

    Great Pinch Hit AB by young Jaun Francisco vs Valverde yesterday in the 9th inning. He fouled off 4 or 5 tough pitches before drawing a leadoff walk .. Of course Nix followed that with a easy double play ground out to end the threat .. Yes I know “Don’t take the bat out of his Hands ” , “play for the win on the road and a tie at home” etc .. etc… But anyway .. Young Mr Francisco has been impressive .. He may not be able to play third, but he can swing the bat from the left side ..and what power! .. especially at GABP They will have to find a spot for him. Right ? How about Left field ? No Joey will have to move there when Alonzo comes up .. Right ? Anyway Its a nice problem for Mr. Jockerty to handle .. Let’s see .. where will Todd Frazier end up . I’m in hot stove mode now

  3. RedinFla

    Excuse me, but yes I did notice you were gone — can’t reference my post this morning at the bottom of “Stubbs/Votto…” (there was no place else to comment about yesterday’s game) but I did refer to your absence.
    Tom’s comment about the “lackadaisical, half-hearted effort” to simply get the best out of the players they had, say, mid-season is right on.

  4. Chad Dotson

    doktor: 1.Welcome Back Chad. (slacker, )
    2.How well did you golf?
    3.You need better minions to take over while you are gone.
    4.Big Juan, The Cisco kid, swinging a potent bat right now.

    1. I’m a HUGE slacker.
    2. Golfed pretty well, considering I haven’t been able to play much this year. Best of all, on #17 on the last day, I stuck one 2.5 feet from the hole on a 189-yard par 3. A birdie like that makes me feel better about all the bad shots I hit.

    3. I love my minions. 😆

  5. Chad Dotson

    nick in va: Who Dey! (I couldn’t resist)

    Dey not the Stillers, evidently.

    If Carson Palmer can stay healthy (a huge IF), the Bengals defense may be good enough to make this a pretty doggone good team. I like that defense.

    That said, if Polamalu had been healthy, no way Cincy wins that game yesterday.

  6. Chad Dotson

    Drew Nelson: You said you were in SC, does that mean golf heaven Myrtle Beach SC and if so which courses did you play?

    Nope, we went to Santee, SC. Nothing to do there except golf, and the weather was wonderful. Some decent courses, as well…though the courses, by and large, aren’t in the same league as some of the better ones in Myrtle Beach.

    A group of local lawyers and judges go on two of these trips each year, Myrtle Beach in the spring and Santee in the fall. Since my kids are in little league softball/baseball in the spring, I don’t know when I’ll get back to Myrtle Beach. Lots of great golf there, though.

  7. Chad Dotson

    RedinFla: Excuse me, but yes I did notice you were gone — can’t reference my post this morning at the bottom of “Stubbs/Votto…” (there was no place else to comment about yesterday’s game)but I did refer to your absence.

    I knew I could count on you, RedinFla. 😀

  8. doktor

    @Dan: Regarding the mix of OFs, I think Heisey will get caught in a numbers game and be sent to AAA, plus i think he could use half more seasoning at AAA, after his initial hot start in LVille, he cooled off and ended up at .278/323/465 at Lville. I think numbers also squeezes out Balentien as well. Unless the reds make a trade or release Willy, mix likely will be Bruce, Stubbs, Dickerson, Gomes, Willy, provided Reds do offer Gomer arbitration.

  9. RedinFla

    Chad Dotson: I knew I could count on you, RedinFla.

    I’m not as knowledgeable as most of the Nation, and I have to admit my eyes glaze over a bit at prolonged discussions of player stats — but I love the game, love the Reds (darn it), and can’t help but notice the players who seem to love what they do and work hard to improve both personally and for the team.

    Maybe that’s part of the reason Gomes has such an appeal —

  10. per14

    Steve Price: The team needs mashers in the outfield…

    We had one for several years, and then we traded him for a good-hitting pitcher.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. 8)

  11. RedinFla

    preach: Would you feel the same way if you knew Chad is really a Cubs fan? We have proof…..

    Absolutely not. 👿

  12. RedinFla

    ..hmmmm….the season isn’t over and I’m really hoping Votto has a great week but I think you could also argue that this season has already been one of the best seasons by a Reds 1B in their history. > 40 Runs Created Above Average is impressive….very impressive

    Hmmm… wonder where we’d be today if he’d played a full season. He seems to be one of those guys who makes the rest of the team play better (there I go again, dwelling on unmeasurables…).

  13. shane

    RedinFla: I’m not as knowledgeable as most of the Nation, and I have to admit my eyes glaze over a bit at prolonged discussions of player stats — but I love the game, love the Reds (darn it), and can’t help but notice the players who seem to love what they do and work hard to improve both personally and for the team.

    alas, a fan after my own heart

  14. per14

    mike: another random topic

    How good has Janish been on defense?

    there are only 2 SS in the NL who have been more valuable defensively than Janish even though Janish hasn’t played that much

    and thinking about who the Reds MVP has been this year
    Votto? Phillips? Harang? Cueto? Arroyo? Cordero?

    Yes! I’d love to see Janish getting a full season. Unless the Reds can acquire an above average bat at SS (which is doubtful), let’s see what Janish can do with a full season.

  15. RedinFla

    mike: while I don’t think he makes the rest of the team play better he does make the lineup score more and players tend to hit better with men on base and while Votto was out we got HORRIBLE production from 1B which means there were fewer men on base, so the #4-5 hitters came to the plate with fewer times with men on for a month or so. Rosales and Hernandez combined to have a sub-.700 OPS at 1B while Votto was out. Don’t know how many wins that cost us but I’ll bet 2-3

    😆 There you go again, dwelling on measureables…

  16. RedinFla

    mike: all this talk of Votto and I just saw thisVotto was named NL player of the weekhttp://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090928&content_id=7205308&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin&partnerId=rss_cinI didn’t realize. He hit 10 doubles in one week!!!!! wow!

    Amazing. I do wonder what kind of a year he/we would’ve had if he’d played a full season. As pitchers adjusted for him, he adjusted as well and is finishing strong.

    I (as usual) was thinking more of attitude, work ethic, etc… and those are the kinds of things I think can elevate other guys’ play at times.

  17. Shane

    as ol Dusty would say, ya can’t play em all