Names of the Condemned

The names of the “baseball writers” who voted for Edinson Volquez for Rookie of the Year.

Jeremy Cothran of the Newark Star-Ledger

John Klima of the Los Angeles Daily News (a SABR member)

Jay Paris of the North County Times in San Diego.

Keep in mind, these are members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who vote on the Hall of Fame, individual season awards, and also voted to keep Law and Rob Neyer out of the association because they “didn’t go to the ballpark enough”.

Please be sure to leave these men a note to tell them what a stellar job they are doing with a credential that should be revoked.

Via Keith Law, Via Shysterball

Frank Robinson in Louisville

The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory will be holding a reception and silent auction on November 14th for newly anointed “Living Legend” and former Red and Oriole, Frank Robinson.  The auction will be conducted by Hunt Auctions and has some pretty cool items such as an Edinson Volquez signed All-Star Game Workout/Home Run Derby jersey.

The auction and reception will cost you $125 to get in.  I love Frank Robinson (he is my favorite “Historical Red That I Never Saw Play”) but I think I will be sitting this one out.

Things I Learned On Friday

On Friday night, I had the opportunity to attend another Reds game, my second of the season, by getting a free ticket, free ride, and some free food to boot.  This was the only way I would go to another game after the abomination this season has been.

Edinson Volquez is tired.  He didn’t look right from the first pitch to the very last he threw.  Maybe it is different seeing a pitcher for the first time in person rather than on TV but he didn’t look right.  He still had incredible velocity but seemed to almost immediately wear down after throwing a lot of pitches early.  What he needs to learn now is how to be more efficient.  He still has a huge upside and could easily replace Harang in the future as the number one starter.

Adam Dunn has been essentially erased by the Reds.  By that I mean he has had his picture replaced on the official scorecard sold on the GABP concourses.  I don’t know if this is normal, but I do remember Brandon Phillips being on all the scorecard covers that I bought last year.  Perhaps they just cycle the covers for different games or series.  I didn’t see if they changed the banner on the front facade honoring Griffey’s 600 home runs since I entered from the outfield side, but inside the stadium the mark on the outfield wall is still there and the home run counter in center has been replaced by “Good Luck Griffey”.

Corey Patterson is not upsetting any of the Reds fan base.  At least at Friday night’s game.  Perhaps fans are too beaten down to realize how horrible he is or something.  I don’t know.   But only hearing one or three people boo him (including myself) scares me a bit.  Dusty Baker insists on Corey getting to play in every game.  The bumper sticker “If you’re not outraged, you haven’t been paying attention” applies to this situation.

Barry Zito is a joke.  The worst contract that I can think of outside of the Reds organization.  No velocity, no movement.  Perhaps the Pirates would be interested in taking on Zito much like they did for Matt Morris.

Cincinnati residents really love their fireworks.  I haven’t a clue as to why.

Starting to Come Together

The Reds complete the home stand at 5-2 (should have been 6-1 had Weathers not blown the second game versus the Pirates) and have chopped two games off the wild card lead, which is now down to seven.  They will now head out onto the road before the All-Star Break going to division leading Chicago and Milwaukee.  Do I even need to say that this is a big road trip? Going 4-2 would be awesome and a sweep of the Cubs could make it super sweet.   The division lead is still 10.5 but that is better than having no chance.

The Brewers have apparently landed C.C. Sabathia in a deal with the Indians, as of Sunday night.  Hopefully he is not on the schedule to pitch, but something tells me that he will be. Matt LaPorta and two mid-level prospects are thought to be in the deal from the Brewers.  In his last start against the Reds on June 27th, Sabathia pitched 8 innings, allowed 4 hits, no runs, and struck out 11 Reds en route to a 6-0 Cleveland win.

Redleg Nation has put up an interesting article about a radio delay in the broadcast so it would better sync up with the TV broadcast.  As you know, I am very passionate about the radio broadcast and this move is nice, but I haven’t seen a lot of improvement.  Generally I have the radio on and the TV muted but it would be nice if they were at least a little closer.  On the old affiliate, they were close without any tinkering by Reds on Radio.  Werid.  Anything is better than George Grand wax poetic about Griffey’s 600+ home runs and the “Crafty Lefthander”.

Congradulations to Edinson Volquez being named to the All-Star team.  Although he certianly deserves to start and I will probably be mad if he doesn’t, I have a feeling that he won’t be selected by NL manager Clint Hurdle.  Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Ryan Depster, and Tim Lincecum among others were named.

Speaking of Tim Lincecum, Tom Verducci wrote an amazing article for this past weeks Sports Illustrated on the Giants ace.  Most of the article was dedicated to Lincecum’s unortodox pitching style and the mechanics behind it.  The article also had a lot of intersting facts and discussion about how new technology is being developed by former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson that is being used to teach young pitchers how to pitch, with maximum output, without doing any unncessary damage to their arms.  This is a subject that will be coming up more and more as pitchers have reached their max load and clubs that are now trying to preserve thier multi-million dollar investements through scientifically measruable biomechanics rather than the old method of “eyeballing” a prospect.  A must read for any baseball fan.