Adam is going to be a movie star… I’m sure it’ll be an Academy Award winner…. Bill LackI’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 […]
Center field is the last position we have to deal with that is utterly set in stone. Like it or not, barring injury, there is no doubt Drew Stubbs will start at least 150 games. Stubbs feels like the most hated player on the Reds to me. Fans get angry about the Ks, they want […]
I have received more criticism in the seven seasons Redleg Nation has been in business over my undying loyalty to Adam Dunn than any other topic. Many of you will choose to ignore this post; another significant portion of you may choose to follow the link for its schadenfreude value. Anyway, I really enjoyed this […]
Oh Poz…how could you say this about my favorite player? (He has a point.) Chad DotsonBlame 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 […]
I’m going to see Adam Dunn play tonight. Are you jealous? Chad DotsonBlame 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 […]
We all have our favorites. Ask any Reds fan about their favorite player, and you’ll get a bunch of different answers, for a bunch of different reasons. Here at the Nation, I’ve written about my favorite current Reds a number of times. At the top of that list is probably Bronson Arroyo, because it’s just […]
“Cardinals start out six-eight games over .500 because of Pujols. Everybody else has to make it up somehow. “
James now works in the front office for the Boston Red Sox.
Defensive stats are now on the cutting edge. I particpated in a public AOL online discussion with baseball historian and statistical guru Bill James over 15 years ago about a new defensive metric he was proposing. Apparently that system didn’t work, for I didn’t see it ever published. Mr. James didn’t really appreciate my question…I just may not have asked the right way or maybe I just missed the point. 😳
Anyway, I’ve read more and more about how the Red Sox are abandoning power for defense, which, frankly, is almost hard to believe considering the Red Sox long history of sluggers.
So, why would the Red Sox, and possibly all of baseball, be choosing defense over power?
Rob Neyer of espn.com has written and/or referenced articles about two recent Reds stars, Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey, Jr. Concerning Dunn, Neyer refers to another blog, “Beyond the Boxscore,” where Dunn’s offense and defense is analyzed and his seemingly obvious destination. One point discussed is that when Dunn first arrived to the majors many […]
Some points about the Reds from sabermetric circles that were published in the last couple of days:
Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus reports on the latest Reds major injuries in a preview spot. They discuss Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez, Willy Taveras, and Scott Rolen‘s injuries. They don’t rip Dusty Baker, but don’t let him off the hook either. Carroll doesn’t seem optimistic about Cueto and questions how Dusty will handle Taveras when he returns.
Baseball Prospectus also mentions Juan Francisco in their minor league report on their pay side and his impressive AAA start. To summarize that paragraph, there’s nothing really surprising to Redleg Nation readers in the blurb; BP says that no one in the Reds’ system can match his power, but there are questions about his defense and his “impatient approach” at the plate which has only earned him 17 unintentional walks this season.
Rob Neyer’s ESPN Sweet Spot was mentioned in a couple of comment sections yesterday about the “new” Reds centerfielder, Drew Stubbs, who has similar skills to the old Reds’ centerfielder, but costs a whole lot less and is younger. Neyer questions what the Reds will do with that $four million contract. You can read that one in full by clicking on the Rob Neyer link.
From the DDN: For the series, Dunn was on base 12 times — a home run, a single, two doubles, six walks, two hit by pitches. “I’m getting more and more excited managing Adam Dunn,” said Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. “He is in his prime. He took a lot of walks in this series. When […]
We’ve all had fun mocking “havoc” this season, but over at RR, Slyde had an interesting question that deserves pondering. After noting that the Reds rank in the league’s bottom two in hits, base runners, doubles, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage, the question becomes “is small ball the only way to respond to the (lack of) offensive talent on this club?”
What we have is a bit of a chicken and the egg problem here. Are the Reds bad offensively because they are so committed to small ball, or are they committed to small ball because they are so bad offensively.
(My favorite Adam Dunn quotes from yesterday are in the extended entry.) Continue reading