05/18/2005

Milton Article

It’s in the Enquirer

Some of Gullett’s comments are unbelievable.

Pitching coach Don Gullett saw some good signs from Eric Milton the last time out – even though the results were awful.

“He did a better job of keeping the ball down, for the most part,” Gullett said. “He hung a couple of changeups.”

Todd Pratt, hardly a home run hitter, hit one of the hanging changes for a three-run homer in what ended up being a 12-2 Reds loss. Milton gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings to fall to 2-4 with a 7.21 ERA.

The left-hander will get a chance to build on that last outing when he starts today (1:10 p.m.) in the series finale against the New York Mets.

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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  1. I’m ready for the Reds pitching coaches to be fired. Gullet and Hume have not proven to be able to make a difference with the pitching staff. People know that Mazzone (of Atlanta) can teach average and even bad pitchers to be better. There has been a huge improvement in the Baltimore rotation since Ray Miller was hired last June. And Don Cooper in Chicago has taken a rotation that was 12th in the AL ERA to their current position of 1st in AL ERA. Chicago has 4 of the 5 starters they had last year returning.

    I’m tired of the myths and legends that Gullett is a Mazzone-esque, retread resurgence expert. It is time for a new pitching coach.

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I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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