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The Big Home Machine wins again

Some thoughts after watching the The Big Home Machine win its ninth straight — and OK, so it’s the Pittsburgh Pirates. Remember, though, the Pirates swept the Reds at PNC in early April.

And the Reds did beat the Marlins and Indians six straight on the previous homestand.

Paul Janish, a great kid, is here. Jay Bruce, a great kid, is here. Homer Bailey is not here. And notice I didn’t use the word great.

You wonder, just wonder, now that he has seen Janish and Bruce leave Louisville, along with Andy Phillips, can Bailey just adjust his attitude and work ethic, show some spunk instead of snarkiness and get himself up here.

It was no accident that Bruce got pie-faced and water soaked by his teammates after his debut and hardly any teammate paid attention when Bailey was here last year. Bruce is well-liked. Bailey is aloof. A loner. There is a reason for that.

Is there any way they can continue to pitch Bronson Arroyo on three days of rest? The guy is a throwback when it comes to pitching. The hair, though, keeps him off the throwback list, but he might be like Samson if they cut off those locks.

Seriously, the guy is unbelievable with only three days rest. But manager Dusty Baker can’t do it all the time because it messes up the rest of the rotation.

Some of us are old enough to remember when every team had a four-man rotation and everybody pitched on three days of rest, and most of them threw 150 pitches a game.

Call me geezer, call me old-timer, but aren’t training methods and diets and meds better these days? Heck, these guys should be able to pitch on two days of rest.

Just kidding, just kidding.

While we’re immortalizing Jay Bruce, how about some props for Jerry Hairston Jr. Yes, he is another of Dusty’s guys from his Chicago days, but Hairston is a guy who produces. Corey Patterson he isn’t.

Since Baker put him at leadoff five games ago, the Reds are 4-1 and Hairston has 10 hits. He isn’t really a shortstop, but he hasn’t burned the Reds badly while stepping in for Jeff Keppinger.

And how sweet is Bruce’s swing? Only one hit Wednesday, but it was a solid double. His first major-league out, after reaching base six straight times, was a liner to center.

Permit me to return to last spring when the Reds signed Corey Patterson to a $3.5 million contract. Once again, as I’ve written before, don’t blame fired general manager Wayne Krivsky for that one.

As he told me, “I was told to sign Patterson and get the deal done, no matter what it takes.” It took $3.5 million — $3.5 million wasted dollars.

All that did, of course, was delay the arrival of Jay Bruce, which is probably the saddest thing about this team’s early season. In two games, Bruce has done more than Patterson did in 29. Oh, Patterson did have a couple of big hits early in the season, but for what he didn’t do lately makes that ancient history.

And what used to be b-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o when Patterson batted is now b-r-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-c-e when Bruce bats.

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June 1, 2008 5:38 PM | Link to this

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By Sally

June 1, 2008 8:38 AM | Link to this

The story on Josh Hamilton was fabulous, Darrell. I am so happy for the guy and glad that we were able to obtain some great pitching per Wayne Krivsky. You are so right Hal about The Corey Patterson deal. It is a shame that Wayne was fired and most people don’t know that it wasn’t his fault! Regarding Bailey, I agree with the “great” comment. He is never going to fit it the clubhouse with this team..I say “don’t let the door hit you on the way out!”

By Jim R

May 29, 2008 11:16 PM | Link to this

I’ve had the MLB Extra inning package for years. I see/hear all the team announcers. The Reds 4 TV announcers are the worst of all, especially Welsh who is full of himself and never shuts up. The good announcers focus on the game not on little league games or backyard cookouts or who they know. Good announcers know when silence is welcome These Reds guys love the sound of their voices and erroneously think we do too.

By boxter

May 29, 2008 9:37 PM | Link to this

Good to see Bruce up. Now George Grande can pass his man crush to him and get off Jr. Grande is terrible. He is the worst announcer in baseball.

By lpreacher,franklin,ohio

May 29, 2008 5:54 PM | Link to this

i pray reds do better on road,geter done for jesus god bless you all, love in chirst preacher.

By mike cahill

May 29, 2008 4:54 PM | Link to this

In the 1970’s, teams were learning to live with the expanded league and the fact that there were not as many pitching aces per team. The game became one of specialization. Sparky knew he had a staff consisting of Don Gullet and four #4 starters. He used his exceptional bullpen very well. The Reds have a better starting staff than in 1975 and they have a very good closer in Cordero. Don’t give up on this team. Patterson is gone and that’s probably a good thing. I would have tried to keep Hatteberg because he’s a winner and a good bench guy. The team is starting to act like a team with a personality. I’m hopeful.

By Coach

May 29, 2008 4:17 PM | Link to this

I am not certain that a better idea might be a four man rotation!Harang/Volquez/Cueto/Arroyo. If a team doesn’t have five legitimate “starters”—why force it?Why not ask the four starters to go six innings at max{unless they are pitching well}; and utilize the rest of what we have on the staff, as relief pitchers? Why is this never considered today?

By jarrod

May 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Link to this

those of you that don’t like marty (or welsh and grande for that matter) go listen to other teams broadcasters for a while and you’ll understand why he’s a hall of famer. just listen to the pirates and whitesox broadcasters and then try on the histrionic chip carey from the braves and skip getting everyones name wrong and even grande and welsh will seem like hall of fame caliber.

By 1975

May 29, 2008 3:43 PM | Link to this

Baseball in the 70’s was played the way it was meant to be played and Hal and Marty know that. Starting pitchers would go deep into the game, the fundamentals were solid and players respected the game. Today it is all about the mighty dollar. Many players are not fundamentally sound and have no historic knowledge of America’s great pastime. How can you really respect a game when you can’t name some of the greats from the past. It is truly sad. Better athletes today, yes…better baseball players today, I don’t think so.

By Blah

May 29, 2008 3:37 PM | Link to this

A friend of mine attended a Clippers/Bats game a few nights ago. Homer Bailey was in the stands in street clothes clocking pitches and such. He watched him turn away several kids for autographs. He couldn’t have been that “busy.” Jerk. BTW, George Grande kept calling Walt Jocketty, new G.M.,”Walt Jockerty”…simply amazing

By Anon

May 29, 2008 3:35 PM | Link to this

Link was cut off on last post. Just google “homer bailey shaving cream” .. First link will be a picture and story about Homer receiving a shaving cream pie. Don’t believe everything you read.

By Anon

May 29, 2008 3:26 PM | Link to this

Marty and Hal are human. They are prone to the same mistakes other humans are. They are fallable: http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/gamedayrecap.jsp?ymd=20070608&contentid=2013830&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin Both of them came of age when astro turf and good glove/no hit SS were the norm. The game has changed over the years and neither has seemed to pay much attention. Much of what they compare todays players to is against a romantizied version of the 70’s. Do yourself a favor and think for yourselves instead of taking what the media say as gospel.

By the plain truth

May 29, 2008 3:13 PM | Link to this

Hal, don’t pay any attention to some of the losers on this board. see:chris notice how everything becomes personal quickly?? that’s because they are insecure and have never done anything in their lives so they have to try to tear down something else. It’s simple, if you don’t like what someone writes go somewhere else. Wouldn’t that be easy? Nope, that why they have to attack someone else, to make their sorry a*s feel better. Chris, pull you lip over your head and swallow. Do something good for once in your life!!!!!!

By Jack

May 29, 2008 3:05 PM | Link to this

There is too many people writing similar thing sabout Homer not to be true….but….even if he is a jerk, I would rather him pitch then Belisle. Also this is a blog, not Hal’s daily articles. He gets to say stuff that he would not otherwide put in the articles. If you dont like it, why are you reading this. Does it give you kicks to sound off against a Hall of Famer? If so, some of you are really sad. Should be a place where Reds fans can discuss the Reds with someone who is probably the best source of Reds info there is.

By Brian

May 29, 2008 2:10 PM | Link to this

Chris…I am not even going to waste my time addressing the Master’s comment.You are right…I am too close to the situation and this will be my last post. I am Hal’s oldest son and I can tell you he works harder than anyone at his profession. He has overcome more obstacles and hardships than anyone could ever imagine and if you think I am going to sit back and let anyone bash him on his own blog…you are very wrong. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but when it comes to the Media and the Reds…there is NO ONE closer to the situation and more knowledgeable than Hal McCoy.

By Chris

May 29, 2008 2:00 PM | Link to this

Brian, Masters aren’t quite as hard to come by as they once were. And before you go on to tell me you got your’s at Yale, let me say that a piece of paper doesn’t make you any smarter than the greeter at Wal-Mart. It’s all in how you USE your education. Sounds like to me, you may be TOO close to the situation to post comments without taking everything personal.

By Chris

May 29, 2008 1:41 PM | Link to this

I guess Terry Reynolds likes to sugar coat things too. From John Fay’s blog: What about the talk of him not being with the program? “That’s not true,” Reynolds said. “He’s got a good working relationship with (pitching coach) Ted Power and (manager) Rick Sweet.” I think Bailey gets bad rap because he is not media friendly. I wrote about that during spring training. He could take a PR lesson from Bruce. But if Bailey can come up here and get people out, fans don’t care. Some guys who are awful with the media are great players.

By jarrod

May 29, 2008 1:39 PM | Link to this

i met bailey at the caravan and he seemed genuinely nice to me and i even had a conversation with him so i think he just doesn’t get it with the media…also i think this is the best 25 man this year with a. phillips and hairston here instead of patterson and castro. with kepp coming back you have good options off the bench

By Brian

May 29, 2008 1:37 PM | Link to this

Hey Chris…if you don’t like what Hal has to say don’t read it. I am sure there are competent writers in Columbus. FYI, my last name is McCoy and I have a Masters degree. I guess that makes me extremely close to the situation and educated as well. Have a nice day!

By Chris Westall in Columbus, OH

May 29, 2008 1:25 PM | Link to this

Hey Brian, you need my address too? You talk about “uneducated” readers… and you know this how? Just because I don’t have the same opinion as you? Sounds like the uneducated one is you my friend. I want to hear the honest, truthful opinions just as much as anybody else, but to single out one individual in NUMEROUS posts just seems odd to me. Almost seems personal. Hal is closer to the situation and does know more than ANY of us, but he tends to focus on certain individuals when they’re struggling. Didn’t Hal advise the Reds bring Homer up with Bruce, now he’s changed his tune because Homer didn’t answer one question to his liking? Another thing, my understanding is the SP charts pitches the day AFTER his start, not the day BEFORE. Hal wrote that Homer was reading a hunting magazine when he should have been charting pitches the day before his next start. Do we really know for sure it was his day to chart? Do you honestly think Hal has the time or energy to follow up on everything he types? Don’t take everything he says as 100% fact and that’s no knock on Hal. I enjoy his blog and love the inside information he provides, but on a day when Reds fans should be in good spirits, we get, YET AGAIN, another negative post about Homer Bailey. There’s a fine line in telling it how it is and completely blowing things out of proportion. How about we all agree that the future is bright (hopefully that includes Homer soon) and that we all just want to see our Redlegs win!

By Darrell

May 29, 2008 1:00 PM | Link to this

I would agree that Homer needs to remain at AAA for a few more starts to see how how does and then if he does well, consider the move up. Note: Would suggest all fans of Josh Hamilton, read the outstanding article on Josh in the latest SI. A great article on his struggles and achievements since he returned to the big leagues.

By Brian

May 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Link to this

Chris…is your last name Welsh? And Flash…are you really George Grande. Just curious because your idiotic comments sound similar to the one’s I hear on the Reds TV broadcasts. Hal, you’re the best. Keep up the good work!

By Steve

May 29, 2008 12:28 PM | Link to this

Homer Bailey did get a pie in the face last year after his debut against Cleveland. You can count on one hand the quality pitchers the Reds have developed the past 20 years. So why give up on Homer? I wouldn’t care if all starting five were jerks if they won.

By Randy

May 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Link to this

Hey Hal, you hit the nail on the head about today’s limp-wristed panty-waist pitchers. I miss the old days when “Men were MEN” and women were grateful. When I remember baseball pitchers, I want to remember the likes of Ryan, Seaver, Gibson, Koufax, Drysdale, Carlton, Gaylord, Lolich. MEN who could not only bring it but finish what they started.

By Brian

May 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Link to this

Keep telling it like it is Hal. That’s why you are a Hall of Famer. I want to read the facts not some sugar coated BS that keeps the players and uneducated readers happy.

By flash

May 29, 2008 12:21 PM | Link to this

Don’t you think you are being a bit hard on Homer? Do you not like him because he is a farm boy whose parents have made money the old fashion way, (By getting up before dawn and working till after well after dusk.)while you sit in air conditioned comfort pecking out a story that he won’t help you write? Homer is aloof. Okay, but Aaron Harang is quiet. I have a hard time seeing the Reds mob him. What is the difference?

By flash

May 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Link to this

Don’t you think you are being a bit hard on Homer? Do you not like him because he is a farm boy whose parents have made money the old fashion way, (By getting up before dawn and working till after well after dusk.)while you sit in air conditioned comfort pecking out a story that he won’t help you write? Homer is aloof. Okay, but Aaron Harang is quiet. I have a hard time seeing the Reds mob him. What is the difference?

By tom

May 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Link to this

None of us are cut out of the same cloth, including Bruce and Bailey. How many winning teams have had players that didn’t care for each other, including our Big Red Machine? Seems to me the Reds are getting it together after the first third of the season. With other young guys passing him on the way to the Bigs, I say bring up Bailey as the 5th. starter and see if Belisle can cut it in relief. If not package him in a trade.

By willycoolahan

May 29, 2008 11:58 AM | Link to this

Keep telling it like it is Hal. Sometimes the truth hurts, but I’ll take the truth anyday over the same old party line. It’s great to hear what a Hall of Famer really thinks about this team.

By Bill

May 29, 2008 11:30 AM | Link to this

These guys look as if they are having fun and playing as a team! I have a great feeling for the first time in a long time! Go Reds!

By Steven Ross

May 29, 2008 11:24 AM | Link to this

Chris wrote: So he may not have the greatest attitude, so that just means he has some growing up to do. What 22 year old doesn’t? Ahhh…Jay Bruce who is 21 comes to mind. Keep telling it like it is Hal. You’re closer the situation than anyone on this board.

By T-Bag

May 29, 2008 11:24 AM | Link to this

Amen !!!!! It is truly getting old. Take a page from Welch and try talking about the positives for once..

By T-Bag

May 29, 2008 11:24 AM | Link to this

Amen !!!!! It is truly getting old. Take a page from Welch and try talking about the positives for once..

By Chris

May 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Link to this

Hal, Give it a rest! I’m tired of the daily bashing of Homer Bailey. So he may not have the greatest attitude, so that just means he has some growing up to do. What 22 year old doesn’t? The more you write, the more bitter you sound as if you were the writer who was snubbed when asking “Have you learned anything in AAA?” My guess is it was because he’s been asked the same question a million times. Let’s be grateful Jay Bruce is finally here and if there’s a positive of it being late than early, it’s that the FO didn’t potentially start his clock for a club that, in all reality, didn’t have a chance this year anyway. What does it take for you media-types to leave the negativity at home? Just ONCE?

By Chris

May 29, 2008 11:11 AM | Link to this

Hal, Give it a rest! I’m tired of the daily bashing of Homer Bailey. So he may not have the greatest attitude, so that just means he has some growing up to do. What 22 year old doesn’t? The more you write, the more bitter you sound as if you were the writer who was snubbed when asking “Have you learned anything in AAA?” My guess is it was because he’s been asked the same question a million times. Let’s be grateful Jay Bruce is finally here and if there’s a positive of it being late than early, it’s that the FO didn’t potentially start his clock for a club that, in all reality, didn’t have a chance this year anyway. What does it take for you media-types to leave the negativity at home? Just ONCE?

By Todd

May 29, 2008 11:09 AM | Link to this

on a side note Hal, will you PLEASE help George Grande with Jerry Hairston’s name. The Harriston/Harristown is getting ridiculous.

By Trace

May 29, 2008 10:41 AM | Link to this

“I’m not going on liking or not liking him,” Baker said. “I like the skill. I know skill when I see skill. If this was true statement Jay Bruce wold have been here at the start of the season and this team wouldn’t be out of it! We can’t evaluate talent here!

By M

May 29, 2008 10:25 AM | Link to this

and beside, my last lashing out against Marty. A radio announcer is my eyes to the game. Next time you listen to Marty, ask yourself if you ever hear where the outfielders are playing the hitter, if the pitcher is right or left handed, if the hitter is right or left handed. Sometimes, even when a pitch is thrown. Why is he in the middle of a story and 3 to 5 seconds after a pitch is thrown you get an Oh BTW, ball two. Marty got to the HOF in that manner, now he’s announcing too many commercials and stories at key moments, just a small critizism. Wouldn’t have listend for 40+ if was was that bad. I don’t agree with his personal insights where he bashes players either. Homer just needs maturity. Why get rid of a 21 or 22 year old with a mid 90’s fastball ? All he needs is a ML-curve and change-up to compliment it. You cannot live on fast-balls alone in the majors. Maybe in AAA, but the best hitters are in the majors.

By Lew

May 29, 2008 10:24 AM | Link to this

MAC…Belisle has had ONE quality start (defined by MLB as 6 or more IP, 3 or fewer ER) this year.

By Tom

May 29, 2008 10:14 AM | Link to this

I know you have followed baseball for many more years than I but I cannot help believe that even Homer Bailey being aloof would not be better than Josh Fogg (7+ era) Matt (another chance) Belisle and maybe even the amazing Johnny Cueto whose ERA is over 5 1/2 and has only one start over 7 innings (opening series) against a team (Arizona) that he did not face in the spring. I know we have favorites but Homer can’t be worse, can he?

By jls

May 29, 2008 10:12 AM | Link to this

what the heck….you guys need to shut the hell up about Marty and Hal….they’ve been around a heck of a lot more than you have in baseball….just because you’re not as good as them, doesn’t mean you need to be jealous and talk bad about them- besides, this conversation is about Homer Bailey. Leave him in Louisville till at least after the All-Star break. Like Hal said earlier, notice he didn’t mention Homer as a great kid. He won’t be turning this team around anything fast anyhow. The only way he would get up any quicker is if the Reds would get smart enough to trade crappy Matt.

By M

May 29, 2008 10:08 AM | Link to this

Dustin, my name is Mark. Yes, I’ve listened to Reds games for 40+ years, mainly Marty and Joe. I do not believe an announcer has the right to bash players or the team. Marty is an employee of WLW and has gotten quite windy in his past few years. If you would read closely, it wasn’t praise of Chris Welsh either, it was a slam. I have loved the Reds and baseball for many years, I believe all our announcers should be positive in their comments of the team. Negativity is too easy to lash out and doesn’t help the end cause.

By Max D

May 29, 2008 10:04 AM | Link to this

I have no problem at all with Marty’s take on the game but leave politics out of the booth. A Reds game should be the oasis from a Clear Channel right wing-touting agenda.

By Another Losing Season

May 29, 2008 10:00 AM | Link to this

And Steve Carlton wasn’t snarky, aloof and the biggest loner in all of baseball during his tenure? Let’s not overplay that angle. Bailey needs to throw quality strikes when he pitches. That’s it. Let’s stop looking for reasons that don’t make any sense and understand a clubhouse is full of different personalities. Those that can’t adjust to someone like Bailey, I question their professionalism.

By Doco

May 29, 2008 9:56 AM | Link to this

I hear Patterson is pretty good at drawing pictures and stuff. Pretty much the best that I know of. And enough whining about the commentators! This guy’s too happy, this guy’s too angry…Who cares!? As long as they give the game information I don’t care.

By Dustin

May 29, 2008 9:46 AM | Link to this

I agree with Jim’s comments at 8:45 about Homer. The guy barely got his feet wet last year and comes into spring training acting like he’s going to be the ace. What happened to being modest and a team player. Not cocky and a loner. And M’s comments about Marty? Come on M - at least share your name with people if you’re going to blast an icon. Praising Chris Welch? I like what Welch does with the community, but he’s not a good announer. Brantley and Marty should be praised for their honest take on the game.

By Bass*

May 29, 2008 9:17 AM | Link to this

Maybe I am in the minority here but I have meet Homer since he was brought up last year and I found him to be friendly and will to take time with kids. We ran into him at dinner one night and he signed autographs for my kids and talked to them about the hard work it requires to play pro ball as they both told him that was there dream. Like I said I might be in the minority but that was my personal experience.

By Steven Ross

May 29, 2008 9:04 AM | Link to this

It was no accident that Bruce got pie-faced and water soaked by his teammates after his debut and hardly any teammate paid attention when Bailey was here last year. Those words speak volumes plus were echoed by Brantley last night. It’s looking more likely Bailey might be dangled as trade bait. Other pitching candidates are now on a faster track than Homer.

By jim

May 29, 2008 8:58 AM | Link to this

Hi Hal enjoy your column. I agree with you Jay Bruce should have been here from the start but better late than never. the reds have won 10 of 15 and hopefully on a roll. Pitching still being the key to this teams success i would feel a little better about our chances if Jr. would warm up with the weather. Him being at the end of a HOF career I would like to see him depart after a playoff run. I think the guys in the clubhouse feel the same way. While he hasn’t had the effect on the team we all wanted in a day where are athletes are not always the best human beings Jr. is a breathe of fresh air.

By econprof

May 29, 2008 8:49 AM | Link to this

Homer Bailey needs to grow up. I’d like to draw an analogy to Volquez, however, who also flopped with Texas, to the point where he was sent back to A-ball to get his act together. Edinson is several years older than Homer. Let’s hope Homer manages to get his act together in the Reds organization.

By Jim

May 29, 2008 8:45 AM | Link to this

Maybe some of the things Patterson can work on are his nun-chuck and bow-staff skills, because as a major leaguer he “ain’t makin’ it”! Is he a relative of Baker’s? You read and hear so many comments by Baker about Patterson’s skills as a base runner, but the key always comes back to actually getting on base. As for Homer Bailey, in my days if a guy would’ve come strutting into a locker room wearing cowboy boots, a rodeo belt buckle, and a knife strapped to his side, wearing a mullet, and on top of all of that was cocky, he would have been drug through the shower, then stuffed in a locker, and his knife, boots, and buckle would have been his to find up on the roof. All-Star signing bonuses and number one draft statuses don’t make a major leaguer.

By M

May 29, 2008 8:35 AM | Link to this

Homer is still young. Why are we worried, he is in AAA ball and should be learning. Isn’t he 21 or 22 ? Very young to be in the majors, I only remember a few pitchers that did well at that age, Dwight Gooden for one. Marty is getting to think he knows everything and it should be his way or no-way. Personally, I wish he’d shut up and announce the game instead of spouting off and creating crap. He doesn’t own a team, nor has he ever played baseball to be a coach, he may know a lot but he is an announcer and should do his job. If he worked for me, I’d ask him to retire. We need positive announcers even when the team is doing bad, not telling how bad they are and what they think should be done. It is easy to critize when you’ve never had to work out of a slump. Chris Welch in the TV booth is usually praising the other team and is the worst at making comments that even any knowledegable baseball person wouldn’t utter. For a sport with so much superstition in situations, he is always throwing caution to the wind. It’s a wonder the players don’t say something to him. I do miss Joe ! He did keep Marty in check, now it’s hard to hear teh game with his ranting and stories.

By MAC

May 29, 2008 8:26 AM | Link to this

One more thing on Bailey and Belise. Of course they are not performing at a level to please most fans or Red’s management, but remember Belise dominated at AAA while on his rehab assignment and he has had several quality starts since then. As for Bailey, he is rated as the 2nd best pitcher overall in INL at the present. Perfect or ML ready..maybe not, but it’s not like he completely sucks either. Who really cares if he’s not the nicest guy in the world? Maybe he feels too much pressure from writers and fans w/ unrealistic expectations or maybe he broke up w/ his girl friend…who knows…let the kid pitch and hope he succeds. IMO, I’d put both of them in the BP; that would allow them to be aggressive from the get go and concentrate for a short period of time…kinda the way the Yankees use Chamberlin.

By Richard

May 29, 2008 8:16 AM | Link to this

From what I seen last year out of Baily and this year in spring training, I don’t think he will ever make it as a Red. They should have traded him when they could get something for him and that probably is still could happen. We don’t need a Chad Johnson on the Reds.

By Jeff

May 29, 2008 8:10 AM | Link to this

I wouldn’t mind seeing Bailey and Dunn included in some sort of package deal. At this point D. Thompson and M. Maloney may pass up Bailey to the bigs. If Patterson can start swinging better he could come back if/when Jr gets traded. He is still the best defensive outfielder the Reds have. Bruce could go back to right field which is where he is probalby more suited.

By Pete

May 29, 2008 7:59 AM | Link to this

Stop picking on Belisle? Really? Last I looked, he hasn’t proven anything to change alot of minds because he continues to make the same boneheaded mistakes since the Reds started bringing him along. Until he stops groovin’ 0-2 fastballs for homers, he’s gonna continue to take the heat or get demoted / canned altogether. Homer’s attitude has come more & more to the forefront lately. So if anyone would care to recall an attitude problem / crybaby by the name of Austin Kearns — YES, I SAID AUSTIN KEARNS! Anyone remember the boo-hoo crap he pulled when he got sent to L-ville outa of spring training? How Boone & Bowden “needed to sit him down & talk to him?” How he showed up to the next spring training overweight, struggled & then got sent back to L-ville? Look where he is right about now & see how he’s workin’ out. Maybe Homer should be made aware of that. Stop pickin’ on these guys? There’s no cryin’ in baseball!

By btm

May 29, 2008 7:53 AM | Link to this

Greg…Hal and Marty tell it like it is and sometimes the truth hurts. There is a reason the highly touted Bailey is still in the minors. The only thing crusty is your post. Hal could care less what the players think of him. I know this to be a fact! Again…if you don’t like him…DON’T READ HIM. By the way, you only have to send your post once…we don’t want to read your trash twice.

By Mike

May 29, 2008 7:51 AM | Link to this

Tim..your’e right on about Marty…His new name is “Marty..There’s no question about that ” Brennaman.This is his crutch phrase..says it 6-8 times a game…start counting..next game !Drives you crazy! Can’t believe he doesn’t know he’s doing it. Gotta get Brantley back.. But when you put 2 play by play guys side by side ( and are in the same family )it seems like Thom tries to outdo Daddy with knowledge ( not always about baseball ) and humor. Marty seems to be making mistakes he never made 5 years ago as well..just listen closely. Put Marty and Brantley together..leave em alone and results will be excellent. Put Thom in the TV booth..put George to bed. Can you imagine Marty and George on the radio? This is Marty’s worst nightmare!

By Jeff

May 29, 2008 7:02 AM | Link to this

Oh, I didn’t know that this article was about Marty? SHUTUP about Marty! He has probably forgotten more about Baseball than most of us will ever learn! I much rather listen to Marty than stinkin George Grande, what a Homer! I get sick of his little happy world of Baseball! Thank God Marty has balls to call a game the right way!!!

By Tim

May 29, 2008 5:09 AM | Link to this

Marty has ALWAYS been a right wing blowhard. Joe seemed to keep him in check. Now he just rants. Even his game calling has deteriorated. He doesn’t “call” the game. He “predicts” it and then gets upset when the umpires don’t call it the way he did, he reacts with a “No, he’s safe, or “No he called him it a strike”

By MAC

May 29, 2008 3:02 AM | Link to this

On Bruce, ESPN’s Jose Vina echoed my sentiments over and over tonight, “the kid has a good approach to hitting.” In other words, he goes to the plate w/ a plan in place that allows him to be successful (hit it where it’s pitched) instead of swinging for the fences. A number of the younger guys seem to have this approach and Dunner is even starting to warm to the idea and try it on more than one occasion. H*ll, even Ross hit one out to RF tonight. Now, if they could just get Griffey and Phillips to try it, we might get hot as a team and go on a long winning streak? Perhaps Bruce can rub off on the less than dynamic duo? Lastly, stop picking on M. Belise and Bailey; frankly, they are too easy of a target for 1 thing. More importantly, they are the epitome of the “young prospect” so many Red’s fan clamor for when discussing trades and or starting over. Of course they are not perfect and seem to need an attitude adjustment as much as they need to improve their mechanics and pitch selection, but they’re talented young arms and the organization needs them to be successful. I think both might be better in the set up role? Lastly, is anyone else tired of Bako behind the plate? Yes his def. is better than Javey’s, but for a team that has had problems scoring runs, Valentine could provide some nice pop at the back end of the line-up IMO.

By HuberTucky

May 29, 2008 2:48 AM | Link to this

Marty has always been a hosebag wing nut when it comes to politics. He needs to keep his pie hole shut about politics and limit himself to baseball or maybe just stay at home. A scholar he ain’t. I sure miss Joe and would never miss Marty. Never have liked him. And his son is a brown nose same as he was with the D’Backs and Cubs. Too nasal. And now that Marty’s talking about BO — Bill O’Reily, the ignorant FOX “news” clown? What next, Drug Limbaugh in the booth with him?

By Brian

May 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Link to this

I have heard time and time again from different fans that have interaction with Homer and read accounts from players and press that say he is anywhere from aloof to a downright jerk. He pitched some good games last year for the Reds last year and I never remember him getting the smiles and good vibes from the team like Bailey is getting.

By Scott Deaner

May 28, 2008 11:36 PM | Link to this

Hal, I’ve heard nothing but good things about Jay Bruce’s personality and respect for the game. Could you give us some insights into this?

By Broadway

May 28, 2008 11:10 PM | Link to this

And there are those who insist that bloggers should have no politics in their comments! What the hell am I reading here—if it isn’t politics? Why is Brennaman mentioning Bill “Orally” during his broadcast of a Reds game{indicating his poor choice of idealogy}if it isn’t about politics? There is no politics in sports blogs? You bet there is!Go Obama!

By Greg

May 28, 2008 10:47 PM | Link to this

You are awfully hard on Homer Bailey. He’s not as bad as you are leading on. Sure, you and Marty Brennamen don’t like him. But, let’s face it, you and Marty Brennamen are old school, crusty guys who won’t players to kiss your rings. And Thom will spew whatever opinion that his old man has. Sorry, but it’s true. Just one fan’s opinion.

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