Dusty Baker announced today that Aaron Harang will be tomorrow’s starting pitcher, in the final regular season game of 2010*. It’s a great, great decision, and I applaud Dusty and the Reds.
We’ve discussed the Harang situation at length here at RN. The big guy was the only pitcher worth watching on the Reds for several years, and fans are understandably sentimental about the fact that Harang’s Reds career is coming to a close. I don’t see any way he will be on the playoff roster, and the Reds can’t pick up his option for next season.
There are two things I hope to see tomorrow:
–I hope Harang pitches a gem; and
–I hope a large and boisterous crowd gives Harang a huge ovation, as a thank you for all that he’s done for the club.
I take this decision to give Harang a final start as further proof that the current ownership and management team “gets it.” Kudos, Reds.
*Dusty also made the shocking announcement that Edinson Volquez would start the first game of the division series. More on that decision later.