07/09/2005

St. Casey

Let me start off by saying that I really like Sean Casey. I own a Casey jersey, he’s a great ambassador for Cincinnati baseball, and he’s even shown flashes of being a very good hitter at times in his career.

That said, he’s clearly overrated. Now, the media worship of St. Casey has ascended to new heights. Read this:

But the struggle disappeared in the eighth, when the Reds put two runners on with one out for Sean Casey.

What ensued was an 11-pitch at-bat in which Casey sucked the life out of Halsey before finally going down quietly with a pop out to third. He had left his mark, though.

“He gave us a big at-bat,” Narron said. “I’m sure that had something to do with the pitching change right there.”

Sean Casey is now being praised for popping out to third base!

Again, I like Casey and I’m happy that he’s a media, management, and fan favorite. But when Adam Dunn — who is twice as productive as Casey — is constantly criticized for everything and Casey is constantly praised for everything, you have to wonder how things got so out of whack.

Casey and his sub-800 OPS leads the world in double plays, while Dunn and his 900+ OPS is within striking distance of the league lead in multiple offensive categories. Yet, Casey hits third, and Dunn hits seventh. Casey is praised for a popup to third, and Dunn is criticized for not hitting enough sacrifice flies. Casey is untouchable on the trade front, while it appears that Dunn is being actively shopped.

The world has gone crazy.

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.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

Join the conversation! 7 Comments

  1. It’s that schism that frustrates all of us. If either thing were occuring by itself (Casey being lionized, and Dunn being criticized), it could be understandable. But the fact that both have gone on at the same time just flies so far in the face of logic…

    That said, I have seen some small signs of reversal. Most of the articles about potential Cincinnati trades say that Casey is going to be difficult to trade because of his poor performance at an offense-oriented position (and a high salary), and then go on to state that Dunn may be difficult to trade because he’s ‘one of the great young sluggers in the game’ or something along those lines, that it would be hard to part with his talent, and that most teams would have a hard time putting together enough top-line prospects to acquire him in a trade).

  2. Sean Casey is now being praised for popping out to third base!

    Personally I love long ab’s. If I had to give the Crash Davis speech I would include long at bats and triples in the corner.

    I’ll praise Casey for that, in turn all must note that that in itself is a big part of Dunn’s game.

    Take thursday night for an example. Though Dunn K’d, he was 1 foot away from having a double and he had a 6-7 pitch ab, even after starting in the hole.

    WMP cam up, swung at the first pitch and weekly popped up.

    Approach is important, but Casey’s approach is to get maximum plate coverage, his bat is in the zone longer, he “hits” the ball more often, but mostly dinks that take no advantage of his physical attributes (or lack of) or place in the batting order (1st RBI last night since 6-5)

    Dunn OTOH swings to make maximum contact and misses more than Casey but creates less outs and produces more when he does connect.

    Of course there are people out there that would rather eat 10 Mcdonalds hamburgers right now rather than wait to eat the steak after it cooks just right.

    Me?

    I prefer both, I just don’t want to pay 100 bucks for the burger and 40 for the steak.

  3. Sorry, that’s 6-25

  4. Great comment, Brian. I think it sums up the entire issue nicely.

  5. LMAO… Great comment, Brian. While I get frustrated with the continued criticism of Dunn, I think there is a balance towards the criticism of Casey’s numbers.

  6. The problem with the comments about Dunn being one of the up and coming power hitters in the game is that the Reds show no sign of recognizing his talents, thus are likely to not only trade him, but under value him and trade him.

  7. Okay, how badly do the Reds under value Dunn? I just looked at the current top 25 qualified MLB players ranked by OPS of which Dunn is 18th. I then looked at where each player batted in his team’s lineup in his most recent game. Not a SINGLE ONE of those players besides Dunn hit any lower than 4th in their team’s batting order. If you expand the list to the top 40, you get 3 more who hit 5th and 3 more who hit 6th with the other 9 hitting 4th or higher and still not a single other player of his caliber hitting 7th. The Reds just don’t even deserve him. . . .

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About Chad Dotson

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. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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