Pretty cool article on ex-Red Aaron Harang and his tribute to Nuxie:

Aaron Harang gets the start for the Dodgers on Wednesday in Surprise against the Royals. He was one of a few Dodgers to change his uniform number this season, switching from 44 to 41. Since it was highly unlikely that non-roster invitee Dallas McPherson (who has been released by the Dodgers) forced the change, I decided to ask Harang the reason for the number switch. What was found was a personal relationship dating back to his days in Cincinnati.

Joe Nuxhall was the youngest pitcher ever to appear in a major league game, at just 15 when he pitched one game for the Reds in 1944. Nuxhall found his way back to the Reds at age 23, and won 135 games in a 16-year career, all but about a year and a half in Cincinnati.

Nuxhall moved to the broadcast booth in 1967 and called Reds games for 38 years, including Harang’s first two seasons in Cincinnati, in 2003-2004. The two struck up a friendship that lasted until Nuxhall’s death in 2007. Harang has donated to Nuxhall’s charity foundation, the Miracle Fields in and around Cincinnati, and still keeps in touch with his son to this day.

“He was just a special guy in general,” Harang said. “Everybody who came in contact with him thought the world of him.”

In 2008, Harang won the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award from the Cincinnati chapter of the BBWAA, an award that has special to him.

“It was just cool that I can have something to tie to such a special person,” Harang said. “He meant so much to Cincinnati in general, but baseball as well. It’s an honor to be tied to someone like that.”

Read the entire article. It shows, once again, what a class act Aaron Harang is.

I’m sure the rest of Redleg Nation joins me in wishing him great success (except against the Reds).

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. Harang is the real deal. Pure class.

  2. In other words, Daugherty is reporting that Chapman will be announced as the teams’ closer later today.

    If true, I’m going to gag myself on pine tar.

    Just because closers are sooooo valuable (coming from a guy who closed for three years in college):

    Great job, Dusty.

    • @Drew Mac:

      USA Today says its a done deal. Chapman as the closer. Why the Broxton deal then??

      • @WVRedlegs: I don’t mean to beat a dead horse (oh, yes I do!), but this is squarely on Dusty’s shoulders. So, when Chapman proves just as fallible as any other solid closer (including Broxton) and goes through his dead arm/control thing and blows a few saves (just like Broxton would have) and Mike Leake is, well, Mike Leake, then Dusty will have gotten what he asked for. I simply do not understand this whatsoever. Oh well, I’m going to go the Ferrari I just spent $250,000 on and use it to deliver pizza.

    • @Drew Mac: Well, it looks like Dusty won the internal power struggle. In reality, Chapman was moved back to the bullpen about the time in ink dried on Dusty’s two year contract. How long before Jocketty moves along to another franchise? What a bitter pill so close to opening day.

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  4. The dude epitomizes class. I could understand why we had to let him go. I just wish we didn’t have to let him go. I still hope for success for him. Someone said he was a second tier starter. First, not for several years with the Reds; the guy was the stopper in the Reds rotation for several years. Second, all pitchers/players go through some kind of point like that. Some people need to quit comparing good (even high caliber) players to Hall of Famers.

  5. I remember the man-blubbering (myself included) on twitter the last game Harang took the mound as a Red. It was an emotional day. I’ll always be a Harang fan.

  6. What a class move. I saw Aaron Harang at the Newport Aquarium when SD was in town back in 2011 – he looked like he was really having a great time with his kids. Do you all think he’s a Reds Hall of Famer? He was the lone bright spot in some dark years for sure.

  7. I have always really liked Harang and this is just one more reason. I actually ran into him at Harper’s Point Kroger when he lived around there. I was parked next to him in the parking lot. My daughter was 3 at the time and in her Reds’ hat. Harang commented on how cute it was on her. I congratulated him on a good game against the Indians and headed into the store.

    As for the Chapman decision, I’d like to make 3 quick points. First, this was an organizational decision. Yes, Dusty probably had the most input but this was not just a Dusty decision. You can put it all on Dusty if you want but the front-office could have overridden him. Second, a lot of former managers, players, and current managers/players agree that Chapman should be closing. From a mathmatical standpoint it isn’t the right move but there is more to this game than just numbers. And my final point is that I’m not sure that this decision means that Chapman never starts. It’s quite possible that he ends up going to the rotation later in the season a la Kris Medlen.

    • @LWBlogger:
      I do understand that Chapman being a closer would be a front office decision. But, no one can deny that the pressure Baker put on the front office about the decision going to the papers put undue influence on the decision. Like I said before, even though he said he didn’t say one thing to Chapman about starting or closing, I wouldn’t be surprised if he did say something to Chapman.

      To any Bakerman fans out there, sorry, but in my opinion, Uncle Walt and the previous 2 GM’s did more to lift this organization than Baker has ever done. I mean, seriously, when was the last time we had this much talent for this long with this organization? In my opinion, Baker is nothing more than the “utility fielder” of managers. Everyone wants one, so they will actively look for one. But, as far as being significant in the overall success of the team, they really aren’t that significant.

      It is my hope that, not unless the Reds win a WS in the next 2 years, let Baker go after this extension expires. Either way, in my opinion, I believe the organization will be a winner, then.

      • @steveschoen: I mean, seriously, Chapman closing or starting, Baker didn’t need to take it to the papers. 2 years ago, midseason, he takes his lack of extension to the papers, when he hadn’t even won anything yet. The guy seems like he’s being a little cry baby, in my opinion. Doesn’t like something the organization is doing, go to the papers.

        • @steveschoen:
          I will agree, also, this doesn’t necessarily mean Chapman won’t start. If he started from the beginning of the season, he wouldn’t last the season. He would need to be skipped at least every 4th start. He could simply be in the pen on opening day, just in case. Then, come back to start come the second time through the rotation.

          Broxton was just in case Chapman did make it as a starter. We will see.

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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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