Orlando Cabrera (2010) Alex Gonzalez (2009, 2007) Jeff Keppinger (2008) Felipe Lopez (2006) Rich Aurilia (2005) Between 1974 and 2004, the Cincinnati Reds were fortunate to be able to pencil in the names of Dave Concepcion or Barry Larkin at the shortstop position nearly every Opening Day. Now take a look at the group of […]

The only thing we know for sure is that Drew Sutton was claimed off waivers by Cleveland, and he’s now an Indian. I always thought Sutton could help this team, and I wish him the best in Cleveland. Since we gave him away for free, it means that we got essentially no return for Jeff […]

The Reds signed Orlando Cabrera to a free agent contract in the off season in an effort to strengthen one of the Reds’ biggest offseason question marks; that is, who plays shortstop or maybe the question was actually whether Paul Janish would hit enough to be the regular shortstop?

Janish was the default regular after oft-hurt Alex Gonzalez was dealt to the Red Sox in a post-trade deadline deal for minor leaguer Kris Negron last August. The Reds have been searching for a shortstop since the retirement of Barry Larkin following the 2004 season. Felipe Lopez gave us one good offensive season in 2005, but we’ve since gone through Gonzalez, Royce Clayton, Jeff Keppinger, Ray Olmedo, Juan Castro, Danny Richar, Enrique Cruz, William Bergolla, Rich Aurilia, Pedro Lopez, Jerry Hairston Jr. , Adam Rosales, Drew Sutton, and even Brandon Phillips has played there since Larkin retired. We even had current Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s brother, Jolbert Cabrera, stand there for nine games in 2008.

I don’t know why, but I’m hearing Johnny Cash‘s “I’ve Been Everywhere” in the background; or maybe it’s REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It;” maybe it’s Billy Joel‘s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” I don’t know, but…

Am I the only one missing Barry Larkin?

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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?
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I tried to post this from GAB during the Saturday night rainfest, but I couldn’t get the picture to upload for some reason. Anyway, here it is…a guy wearing a Mark Wohlers jersey. Awesome. This joins the pantheon of odd jerseys I’ve seen at games recently. We’re going to start collecting these under the “Insane […]

Baseball Prospectus analyzed the Jeff Keppinger–Drew Sutton deal on Tuesday, and more or less said that Walt Jocketty was doing the Astros a favor for Sutton is 26 and not really a prospect. To quote: “Between some modest amount of speed and pop added to his switch-hitting, he (Sutton) could stick as somebody’s utilityman someday, […]

News and notes from around the interwebs, as we contemplate how to endure yet another day with no Reds: —Bill Bray is hurt again. In related news, the sun rose in the east this morning. –Mark Sheldon notes some early trends, including this: The Reds offense is ranked 16th out of 16 NL teams with […]

From Mark Sheldon: The March trade that sent infielder Jeff Keppinger to the Astros was completed on Thursday when the Reds received infielder Drew Sutton as the player to be named. Sutton, 25, will report to Triple-A Louisville. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, Danny Richar was sent outright to Louisville. Last […]

Baseball Prospectus online (www.baseballprospectus.com) and writer Steven Goldman posted some analysis today focusing on Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter. Jeter, who will be a Hall of Famer, is known to be terrific offensive player and clutch player (whether you believe in “Santa Clutch” or not), but is sometimes maligned as being weak in the field (despite some popular legend). One common New York joke is that is many balls go “pasta diving Jeter” as if it is some specialty dish ordered in a popular New York bistro.

The story contained an analysis of the batting averages hit to (and through) the Yankee infield over the past several years, and compared it to major league averages. Without going into lots of detail (susbscriber story, I believe), Baseball Prospectus took the analysis and broke out the detail to a level where only right handed hitters were calculated (analysis shows 70% of ground balls by right handed hitters are pulled to 3b or SS, with majority going to shortstop).

Much more about Reds shortstops, below the fold:
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From John Fay: –The Reds are hopeful that Jonny Gomes will go to Triple-A. “I think he will,” Jocketty said. “I talked to his agent yesterday when we were talking about doing it. I hope he does.” The Reds released Jacque Jones, so he is not at Triple-A. –The Reds are at 40-man limit after […]

–It got moved down the page pretty quickly yesterday, so go check out my attempted defense of Willy Taveras if you missed it. –C. Trent talked to GM Walt Jocketty about a bunch of different topics including Homer Bailey and Alex Gonzalez. Most interesting was this excerpt about the Jeff Keppinger trade: “Kepp wasn’t going […]

Couple of rumors out there…. —First, Jayson Stark had this note: Here’s a potential trade target to keep an eye on in the next few days: Jeff Keppinger. The Reds are dangling his name to see what’s out there. We’re hearing the Red Sox and Astros have at least kicked the tires. We’ve discussed the […]