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Podcast — RNR #165: A conversation with Reds GM Dick Williams

Cincinnati Reds general manager Dick Williams is the guest on this episode of the podcast. Dick joined me to discuss where the Reds are on the “success cycle,” whether Michael Lorenzen will ever be a starting pitcher again, and everything else about the 2017 Reds. Plus, I couldn’t resist asking about Billy Hamilton: 2017 All-Star.

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13 thoughts on “Podcast — RNR #165: A conversation with Reds GM Dick Williams

  1. That was a ton of fun to listen too! Great questions Chad and I really got a sense that Dick Williams truly respects what you and the rest of Redleg Nation team bring to the table covering the Reds.

    PS. Virginian’s are so cool!

  2. Fantastic. Great interview, Chad.

    Thought it was interesting that he set a bar of 100 IP for Lorenzen – that Lorenzen had to get to 100 IP this year for the bullpen value to be there.

  3. That was the first time I’ve ever heard an interview with Dick Williams and I was super impressed. He clearly “gets” it. Nice job on the questions, too.

  4. So impressed with Dick Williams every time I hear him talk. If Lorenzen is going to be stuck in the pen, I can live with him pitching 100+ innings. It’s interesting that he mention that Lorenzen’s stuff ticked up in the bullpen because everybody’s does.

    For instance, Cody Reed gained around 2 MPH on his fastball in the bullpen as opposed to when he started last season. I guess Williams argument is that they aren’t yet convinced that Lorenzen can get people out at 94-95, but he obviously can at 96-98 in shorter spurts.

  5. I’ve never thought of Lorenzen’s stuff as electric. I would love to see him dealt ASAP!

    • 99mph isn’t electric to you? He’s a work in progress but remember that he was a outfielder/closer in college and was rushed thru the minors so hes still getting his feet wet! Still though…60 k’s in 61 ip last year & this one with a 1.13 whip. If you want to ship out everyone that the Cubs beat up on then there won’t be enough pitchers to keep the sport going! To me…the other night is partially on Price because the Cubs aren’t a team that you want to push your reliever for more then 1 inning. They foul off pitches and they got Lorenzen to 40 pitches by the 2nd inning before the Rizzo hr. They almost got to Iglesias yesterday. Anyway…I like the potential of Lorenzen/Peralta lefty/righty and then Iggy to close. Well I really like Lorenzen as a starter pitching down in the zone & generating groundballs and eating innings.

    • I’m guessing this is a joke. Has to be. Besides Iglesias and maybe Stephenson, Lorenzen likely has the best pure stuff on the team. And far better control/command than Stephenson.

  6. I liked this interview as well. Seems like he is adding in some Lean Manufacturing principles in this though process. I liked that he is questioning everything.

  7. If I was Bryan Price, I’m not sure I’d take this interview as much of an endorsement for my managerial career. It sounded pretty clear that Price might be doing a few more things that Williams wants to see. OK, but then, might it not be easier to hire somebody else before next season who already understands these new approaches, would have less of a learning curve?

    Loved the interview, by the way. Would enjoy it if somebody else in the organization, if not Williams, would consent to doing one of these every month or so.

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