Sheldon spoke to Chris Dickerson about this and that
where he fits in the outfield and how he played this season and such. Here's an excerpt:
"I was really disappointed that my power didn't show up this year," Dickerson said. "I was talking to Drew Stubbs about it and he couldn't find it this year as well [in the Minors]. It's just one of those things that kind of shows up. It showed up for Drew. I just never got there. When I tried to hit home runs, I struggled. I went back to what I knew, which was to hit the ball up the middle and the other way and get on base. I made the adjustment and did what was necessary at the time to play my role to the best of my ability."
You cant keep Bronson down. That guy is incorrigible!
"In my mind, there was no reason to get [Scott] Rolen [in a July 31 trade] if we're turning around and moving guys without waiting to see what happens [during the season]," Arroyo said. "I think they'll give us four months to see if we can compete in the division. If we're not, we'll have a big scale back. For now, they seem committed to win."
Aaron Gleeman agrees with Bronson Arroyo
He's confused about the whole payroll thing:
"It's not often that a starting pitcher who "hasn't paid any attention to it" while vacationing "on his boat sailing off of the Florida coast" and some doofus blogger can both immediately agree that the front office is doing some strange things, but the Reds' lack of foresight is apparently obvious to everyone but them." Yipes.
- Slyde answered some off-season questions about the Reds for Simon On Sports
Jack Moore at FanGraphs writes about Jay Bruce
It's nothing we havent really heard before, but he basically says Bruce's BABIP (a paltry .222 this year) is the reason for his struggles so far. Now whether that is his particular skill level or not is the real question. Time will tell.
Book excerpt: Evaluating Baseball’s Managers: Pat Moran
In another sneak preview from his new book, Chris examines the greatest manager you never heard of: Pat Moran.
- Doug Glanville talks about Free Agency from a player's perspective
Paul Janish went got himself hitched
Dont worry ladies, there are plenty of handsome, strong-armed, Rice-graduate shortstop fish in the sea.
Doug scoured the list of eligible Rule 5 draftees and came up with a few names that could interest the Reds
in the case they drop someone to make room. Ol' Roger Rocket's kid, Koby Clemens, makes the list as a catcher who raked in High A. If the Reds were compelled once again to carry 3 catchers it might make a bit of sense to try to stash a guy like Clemens. Of course, I'm not sure any of the guys listed are worth dropping Mike Lincoln or Willy Taveras. And yes, you heard that right.