Instant Replay To Be Used Thursday

According to this story from ESPN.com, instant replay will be used in series starting Thursday and Friday.  Replay will only be used for boundary calls (home runs and foul balls) and will be controlled by the central office of MLBMedia in New York.  The crew chief of the umpiring crew will view the video and make a decision.

I have more thoughts on replay but just wanted to get this out there for now.

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H/T RLN and Chris Sabo’s Goggles

Will Carroll Discusses Bob’s Letter

Will Caroll from Baseball Prospectus doesn’t buy into what Walt and Bob C are selling.

Ok, the high expectations might just be overvaluing your team, which is understandable. What I don’t see is that injuries have played a major part in the downfall of the Reds. Griffey and Dunn were both healthy. The ‘key’ players they mention? All healthy. The biggest injuries on the team were the pair of stacked injuries to Alex Gonzalez and Jeff Keppinger, and the injury to Aaron Harang. They could mean Ryan Freel or Kent Mercker, I guess.

Don’t forget Norris Hopper.  He is so scrappy, hustles, plays the game the right way, and bunts for singles.  If we had him along with the others mentioned, the Reds would be printing World Series tickets.

Sending the letter to fans was a nice gesture, but if I was a Reds fan, I’d be worried. While Jocketty has a great record of building winning teams, I hope it was the PR staff that wrote this. Mis-assessing the past isn’t a good indication that they’ll know what to do in the future.

Amen.

Hat tip to Lance McAllister (Lot D Blog)

Pole: We’re Not Shutting Down Harang

MLB.com beat writer Mark Sheldon was in the radio booth tonight during the second inning and reported that he spoke with pitching coach Dick Pole (heh heh).  Sheldon explicitly said that Pole believes that Harang will pitch until the end of the season in order to “get him right” and have a strong end to the season so he can build on something positive for next year.

If Walt Jocketty thinks that the Reds are “one or two players away from contending” (which I don’t think even he believes) and Aaron Harang gets hurt, phsyically or mentally, and given Dusty Baker’s history (deserved or not) on the way he handles pitchers, it would be a shame to see Aaron  not on the mound come opening day 2009.

Shut down Harang now!  There is nothing left to do at this point in the season other than destory his record and to continue to see him get shelled each time he takes the ball.

Erardi is My Hero

It is so weird how the debate over Adam Dunn won’t die.  Many in the Reds’ blogosphere still see a lot of value in having Adam Dunn on the team and all of them have little or no confidence in the management of the organization in terms of what the future holds.

John Erardi (along with others) wrote another article for the Enquirer that once again uses logic rather than knee jerk reaction when talking about Dunn and his “driving in runs” capability.

The evidence shows that the problem with Dunn’s RBI count wasn’t as much Dunn as it was his teammates.

Those residing in places high above GABP refuse to acknowlege this fact.  They have already started to chip away at Edwin Encarnacion.

Sunday Deep Thoughts

Just to wrap-up the week that was in Reds baseball.

Chris Dickerson is looking really good, but I don’t expect it to last and neither does Red Leg Nation.  Sometimes athleticism can be viewed as baseball skills and that seems to be the case with Dickerson.  He may have a hot start, but is he or any of the guys on the DL (Freel, Hopper) really the long-term answer?

Adam Done It is definitely sad to see Dunn go to Arizona.  The same people who ran him out of town are being a bit revisionist and now questioning how the Reds will score runs.  Small ball only works in a few instances (bunting over a man late in the game; ie high leverage situations).  So if other teams in the Reds’ division have a power threat (Lance Berkman, Derrick Lee, Prince Fielder et al.) how are the Reds going to match their power when no power threat exists?

Aaron Harang Should be shut down for the rest of the season.  He obviously did not recover from the 18 inning debacle in San Diego when he was forced to pitch in relief and then return on three-days rest.  There is a high potential that he could get severely injured and this wouldn’t bode well in Jocketty’s master plan of being “one or two players away” for 2009.  This is perfect cover for the Reds to bring Homer Bailey back to pitch through the end of the season. Something they should have done instead of pitching Fogg.

I also recommend that they limit Volquez as much as possible down the streach.  He pitched very well Sunday versus the Cardinals, but let him rest.  Remember, he is in his first full major league season and he also pitched winter ball.

Meaningful September Baseball For the Louisville Bats.  Going into Sunday’s game with the Columbus Clippers, the Bats are 13 games ahead of the second place team in the International League West division, which (in all likely hood) secures them a spot in the playoffs.  The Bats will have at least two games at home with a maximum of five if they go on to win.  If local news coverage was any indication, you would never know this to be the case.  Ticket packages are now available on their website.

I’m a little selfish  in not wanting mass September call-ups to happen so that the Bats can have a run to the championship.

Speaking of the Bats Beat writer CL Brown has been promoted to head beat writer for the University of Louisville at the Courier Journal.  Brown covered the Bats until former beat writer Brian Bennett was hired by ESPN.com to write for their Big East Blog.  If you remember, Bennett was the blogger/writer who did a live blog of the University of Louisville baseball team during the 2007 Super Regional game and was asked to leave the pressbox by an NCAA official.

3 Reds Minor Leaguers Suspended for Drugs

….and the hits keep on coming….

From MSNBC.com:

NEW YORK (AP) -Three Cincinnati Reds minor leaguers were suspended 50 games each Monday after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

All three players were part of the Reds’ Dominican summer league teams. Pitchers Jonathan Correa and Elvin Silvestre were penalized for using Boldenone and outfielder Cesar Colmenares tested positive for Nandrolone.

This organization is out of control. Remember Ryan Jorgenson was suspended 50 games last season for testing positive for drugs on September 27, 2007.

Couple this with yesterday’s Dunn trade and you have an organization that is showing a lack of a coherent message to fans, players, and the rest of Major League Baseball.