Baseball Musings has this post about Calvin Pickering, who is now in the Kansas City organization. You might remember that Pickering ambled through the Reds organization a few years ago (four at-bats, one hit, one RBI, waived). They couldn’t find pants to fit him, but I wish they had kept him around. He could always mash the ball.
I saw him play a few years back in a minor league game, and he absolutely crushed a ball.
Hmm…the Reds have had Pickering and Roberto Petagine at various times. Of course, rather than giving chances to these sabermetric favorites, the Reds keep signing the Joe Randas of the world.
In fairness, Pickering has always had a problem keeping himself in good enough shape to play ball. He is a natural DH, and the Royals could have a steal on their hands.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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