Let me repeat this again: David Weathers should never, never, never, never, never, never pitch in a close game EVER AGAIN.

The fact that he came in and promptly gave up the lead on the first batter he faced yesterday…that’s 100% Dusty Baker’s fault. If Baker can’t figure out that Weathers is terrible, then he’s more clueless than I thought.

Between Weathers and Patterson, it’s clear that Dusty, for all his positive traits, is unable to adjust his one-track thinking in the face of a mountain of evidence. I’m tired of crap like this.

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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  1. At a certain point they have to bottom out, management has to flex its muscles, and Patterson has to go. 0-8 is strong testimony that he’s not a major league-caliber player.

    Your past writings about Weathers were prophetic. I hope someone reads them besides us lowly fans.

  2. At least Patterson was able to get down a bunt. He’s definately by far the best defender on the team and, apparently, the only one that can bunt. Terrible.. but better than Weathers, who at this point as absolutely nothing going for him. Ditch him and let Bailey or Maloney get face major league level hitters.

  3. Oh, and I’d like to add that, at one point in his career, Weathers was at least a passable closer. Maybe, at his best, the worst closer in baseball, but he’s no where near that now. He’s finished.

  4. I said last night that Weathers was one letter away from being the best (c)loser in baseball. It seems that now that he’s no longer playing the role of closer, he’s trying to make games closer. Hee! If you can’t laugh at yourself..

  5. From Rob Neyer’s blog:
    “Yesterday in the Reds’ 18-inning loss, Corey Patterson went 0-for-8, his slash stats dropping to .201/.242/.354. Mind you, we’re talking about their leadoff man who’s earning $3 million this season. Meanwhile, Louisville Bats center fielder Jay Bruce, widely considered the No. 1 prospect in the minor leagues this spring, is currently batting .364/.393/.630. Has there ever been a more obvious call-up in the history of the sport?”

  6. Please get rid of Weathers. He looks like he’s pushing the ball up there. Hopefully Castellini can eat the contracts of Patterson and Baker. Bruce is long overdue in center, and Spier, Oester, or Mckanin should manage the Reds. We don’t need Cubs castoffs.

  7. Weathers, Belisle and Patterson all need to be replaced. Patterson should be benched. Weathers and Belisle might as well spot the other team 4 runs before they take the mound.

    Someone, however, needs to replace Belisle. It ain’t gonna be Bailey, since he’s been practicing how to lose.

  8. Is there a handicap the Reds can be given, like in bowling? I’m no longer a Reds fan until there are changes I will not follow their games and until they rid themselves of Crusty Baker I won’t be buying any merchandise of theirs. They are the worst managed team I’ve ever seen…burning the two best starters for a game that means nothing. Like it was the seventh game of the world series or something? What an idiot. Patterson earning $3 mil?? that is bull $$$hit

  9. Is there a handicap the Reds can be given, like in bowling? I’m no longer a Reds fan until there are changes I will not follow their games and until they rid themselves of Crusty Baker I won’t be buying any merchandise of theirs. They are the worst managed team I’ve ever seen…burning the two best starters for a game that means nothing. Like it was the seventh game of the world series or something? What an idiot. Patterson earning $3 mil?? that is bull $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ hit

  10. I don’t see how Sunday’s game meant any less than any other game this season. Suppose Harang pitches perfectly (like he did) and for once gets some run support and he wins. Then he’s burnt out and loses his next start. Is that any worse than if they’d had Weathers lose the game instead and Harang wasn’t tired for his next start?

    Sure, in the end the game was lost. But you know what they say about hindsight.

  11. See Arroyo, Bronson from 2007. A burnt out starter can be affected for multiple starts.

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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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