–Dusty Baker doesn’t want the Reds to rush Jay Bruce and Homer Bailey.

–David Weathers is close to returning. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

CSG likes new GM Walt Jocketty, and he has a good translation of Jocketty’s first press conference.

Frustrations are mounting for everyone. Including the fans out here in Redleg Nation.

[Added]–The St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes a look at the Jocketty hiring.  [Hat tip to reader Rob in Mo].  The meat:

Krivsky, a former assistant to Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan who regularly scouted the Cardinals, increasingly isolated himself, according to some of those around him. Jocketty’s arrival initiated a self-fulfilling prophecy Krivsky recognized but was powerless to avoid.

In his final year in St. Louis, Jocketty likewise grew more irritable to some, even paranoid, while fulminating over Jeff Luhnow’s rise and perceived lack of accountability. Left to dangle for several months without a contract after the 2004 World Series, the situation cemented Jocketty’s sense that he was little appreciated by higher-ups smitten with new-wave scouting, quantitative analysis and Ivy League outsiders.

Krivsky, a personable baseball man as assistant general manager, tried to control so tightly his first chance as a GM that it squirted from his grasp.

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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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2 Responses

  1. GregD

    Why hasn’t Adam Dunn’s lower strikeout totals translated to higher average? All you hear on radio or read in the papers is how much of a better hitter Dunn would be if he cut down his K’s. Well, ESPN.com’s player profile page for him projects out that this would be his lowest single season strikeout total, if he continues to K at the same rate that he has so far. (except for his shortened 2003 season)

    They project this to be his lowest average, lowest extra base hits (including his 2003 season), lowest almost everything.

    But hey, at least he cut down on those dreaded strikeouts!

  2. Y-City Jim

    I think batting order has a lot to do with the offensive inconsistencies. Baker has to recognized the OBP is more important that how fast a player runs. Why does he think Sparky had Cesar Geronino batting in the eight spot?