06/25/2005

Kearns

From the Enquirer, a little new Kearns information.

O’Brien would not say how long Kearns will be down, but getting his hitting stroke in order is only one part of the equation.

The Reds weren’t happy with the shape Kearns is in. He was playing at 255 pounds when optioned.

Asked if the club wanted Kearns to improve his conditioning, O’Brien said: “There’s certain elements to the overall program that I would just as soon not comment on. Let’s just say it is a diverse program, covering quite a few components.”

First I’d heard of this. Is it true or is it just a reason to leave him at Louisville?

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. First I’d heard of this. Is it true or is it just a reason to leave him at Louisville?

    It’s true, the oter teams announcers mentioned it in April and May at least 4 times, O’Brien has mentioned it, and people who have seen him live (in AAA) have mentioned it on some of the chat boards.

    His mobility has changed.. in 2 years he went from a guy who could play CF to a 1st baseman Type of body.

  2. Now there are going to be some real hard feelings. Kearns says he asked for a trade and OB told him no one was interested. Everyone jumped on OB, calling him a liar. Now OB comes back and says that Kearns never asked for a trade and stated that he wanted to finish his career as a Red. Someone’s not telling the truth. I’m glad OB directly addressed the question but I hope this doesn’t degenerate into the type of situation it was with Bowden.

    Anyone remember the Ron Oester manager negotiation/offer? When I hear Bowden poking his nose into the Reds’ affairs, (trading for Dunn and Kearns) I get a little mad. Bowden’s a worm, who sets up people for failure for his own benefit.

  3. Marc Lancaster reported this on his blog yesterday. O’Brien was even more vague about the “program” then.

    I think Kearns is out of shape (and has been dogged by work ethic questions his whole career). I also think Kearns has a thin skin and a fairly crappy attitude. I also think O’Brien (and Miley) handled this as poorly as possible.

    The “program” thing does seem consistent with Dunn’s comments last week that he “didn’t expect” Kearns back after the Kelly injury, and that he thought the Reds were “trying to break” Kearns(‘s spirit).

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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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