Dusty's Lineup Shenanigans

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Dreading Rolen’s Return

I was one of the few people at this site who defended the Rolen trade from the start. Rolen's presence turned the Reds from a pretender into a contender. The confidence, experience and model he provided for ... Read More...
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Lineup Construction 101

You guys know that I've been the biggest Paul Janish supporter in the world for the last couple of years. That said: There is no scenario under which it is the correct decision to bat Janish second in a major ... Read More...
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Today’s Lineup

No reason to get upset about spring training lineups, but I did want to point out that today's lineup is the strangest one I've ever seen: Edgar Renteria 2b Paul Janish ss Fred Lewis lf Juan Francisco 3b Yonde... Read More...
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A new contract for Dusty Baker?

Yes, according to Hal McCoy: Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker will be back next season, armed with a new multi-year contract - probably a three-year extension. The deal could be announced before the Reds b... Read More...
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Words Mean Something

A quote from Gary Matthews, Jr., batting .344 at AAA, from Sunday's Louisville Courier-Journal: "It's just a matter of at-bats," he said. "I just didn't play enough in New York. I think I got 56 at-bats and ... Read More...
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Cabrera hurting

From John Fay: Shortstop Orlando Cabrera said after Thursday’s game he has been dealt with a sprained ankle since early June, when the Reds visited Washington. “Every day it’s a struggle... Read More...
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Sundays off

There was some discussion yesterday on the game thread and overnight on the Recap about Dusty's decisions to give players Sundays off. There was at least one comment that felt this was a common occurrence with ... Read More...