Monthly Archives: April 2007

April 28, 2007

Episode 56: Deep Breathing

This week on the podcast, I need blood pressure medicine or a good stiff drink as we talk about:

  • The trade of Chris Denorfia
  • The Reds’ performance this week
  • Narron’s shortcoming and whether there’s anyone better out there
  • The CTS wants to see Bailey in the bullpen
  • Other teams in the NLC that I could follow that would give me less gritting of teeth
  • Tony LaRussa’s rant against this poem in a St Louis paper.
  • Curt Schilling offers you $1,000,000 to vouch for his blood.

Episode 56: Deep Breathing (21.5MB, 31:19)

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April 28, 2007

XOXO KIT Heartthrob; Welcome Aboard, PTBNLs

Great news! General Manager Wayne Krivsky has fixed the Reds! Everything is going to be OK now. As of yesterday, he traded injured almost-major-league outfielder Chris Denorfia to Oakland for two players to be named later and cash.

Chris Denorfia was, after all, what was holding the team back. That Minor League Player of the Year award was just hanging over everyone's head.

And what's better is what he got in return. Two players to be named later and cash. You know they've got to be hot commodities if it only takes two of them to be worth one injured Chris Denorfia. To put that in perspective, it would take, like 6 Gary Majewskis to be worth that. Plus cash!

Reportedly, Billy Beane had been asking after Denorfia since spring training, so clearly, he really wanted him. It's such a relief that Krivsky is dealing with Oakland this time around instead of, say, Washington. Because if there's one person in this sport with less of a reputation for getting the better of the people he trades with, it's Beane.

Some might argue that it's just a coincidence that this deal is going down now, but I think that the timing is the very best part of this move. When faced with a manager who can't manage, an offense that can't score, and a bullpen with more runs than a bout of salmonella, it takes a brave man to make the bold move of trading a hopeful young franchise player who was recovering from surgery.

So kudos to you, Kriv-dawg. I'm sure the Reds will start winning any day now.

April 27, 2007

Friday April 27th Reds vs Pirates

Lineups per C. Trent
Freel cf
Hatteberg 1b
Phillips 2b
Hamilton rf
Gonzalez ss
Dunn lf
Encarnacion 3b
Valentin c
Milton p

Duffy cf
Wilson ss
Sanchez 2b
Bay lf
Eldred rf
Laroche 1b
Bautista 3b
Paulino c
Snell p

No Junior again….

April 26, 2007

"Mr. Peabody! We just lost second base!"

The Reds have historically had problems with no-name pitchers or pitchers they haven’t seen a lot of. The term that Marty uses for it is Alex Madrid Syndrome, although I’ve always called it The Alex Madrid Factor. In any case, this begs the question of just who is Alex Madrid, and why do the Reds have an apparent curse named after him? I’ve been threatening to write this story for awhile now. Time to make good on it.

Sherman, set the wayback machine for the year 1982 (extra credit if you can explain this sentence, and the title of this diary, without resorting to a search engine).

I should probably explain that in those ancient times, there were two phases to the amateur draft. The first phase was held in June (after high school graduations), the secondary phase was held the following January and involved players who had been drafted earlier but did not sign with the teams that drafted them. This system was done away with in 1986.

Alex Madrid was a right-handed pitcher that the Reds drafted in 1982, in the secondary phase of the amateur draft, but he did not sign with the Reds. Prior to this, Madrid had also been drafted by the Cubs in the first phase of the 1982 amateur draft, but did not sign with them, either. In 1983, he was drafted in the first phase by the Rangers and didn’t sign. He finally signed with the Brewers after they picked him in the secondary phase of the 1983 draft.

Madrid spent some time in the minors first, then appeared in three major league games with the Brewers in 1987, compiling an ERA of 15.19 and subsequently being traded to the Phillies.

Madrid pitched in five games for the Phillies in 1988, including two starts against the Expos. In 1989, he pitched in six games for the Phillies, three of which were starts. The results of those three starts:

May 7, 1989 - Madrid earned his only victory of the year, pitching 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Reds while holding them to just five hits. Marty called this game as a Reds broadcaster and coined the term “Alex Madrid Syndrome” thereafter.

May 14, 1989 – Madrid lasted just 3 2/3 innings against the Dodgers, giving up 5 hits, 3 walks, and 5 earned runs.

May 25, 1989 – Madrid worked 5 innings against the Giants, allowing 8 hits, 3 walks, and 4 earned runs.

Madrid made one more major league appearance after that May 25 start, pitching the ninth inning of a May 30, 1989 game as the mop-up man in a blowout against the Padres, giving up 2 hits, 2 walks, and an earned run. It was his 14th and final major league game. Less than a month after his masterpiece against the Reds, Alex Madrid's career was finished.

So now, every time another no-name pitcher like Cole Hamels (who took a no-no into the sixth against the Reds for Philly the other night) makes the Reds look foolish, you can think back to Alex Madrid, the guy who Marty credits for having started it all, way back in 1989.


April 26, 2007

The Rubber Match

Gotta make this quick, 'cuz I'm at work and about to go on a dept lunch.

C. Trent gives us the line-up:

Ryan Freel CF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jeff Conine 1B
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Juan Castro 3B
David Ross C
Norris Hopper LF
Kyle Lohse P

Hopper, eh? Interesting. And former Red Randy Keisler is going for the Cards. Last time I saw him, he was in a different Lou--Louisville.