Posted by Matt on February 16, 2009
For the first time since Spring Training 2004, the Reds’ pitchers and catches reported early on Saturday and were short one Toddy Coffey, or rather were one Todd Coffey lighter. 240 pounds lighter, to be exact.
Cincinnati designated Big Red for assignment on September 9th of last year and the Brewers signed him off waivers one day later. It is hard to put in to words how exciting it is for me and Charlie Hustle to see a Reds’ roster Coffey-less in camp for the first time in a long time. It wasn’t that Todd was Eric Milton-bad but he wasn’t that good either, posting a 4.62 ERA in just over 206 innings for the Red Legs, and his “trademarked” sprint from the Bullpen to the pitcher’s mound became more of a annoyance than a crowd-pleaser. In addition to being obnoxious, aforementioned sprint also made no noticeable difference on his waistline.
Coffey will once again lace ’em up for the Brewers in 2009 in what will presumably be his first full season for the franchise assuming he can make it to the end of the year on their active roster. Milwaukee, known for their tasty brews, should be a good fit for Todd where that beer belly will feel right at home.
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Posted by Matt on February 15, 2009
The Washington Nationals signed free-swinger Adam Dunn to a 2-year, $20,000,000 dollar contract this week, or approximately $60,606 per strikeout. The signing reunites Dunn with former Reds running mates Austin Kearns and Wily Mo Pena, a trio of outfielders who all played ball for my hometown Dayton Dragons before making their way through the Reds system under the tenure of then-Reds GM Jim Bowden. I am glad to see The Donkey staying with the National League, though, so we can all continue to be witness to his fielding prowess in the outfield.
Between Dunn, Kearns, and Pena along with Dmitri Young, Felipe Lopez, Aaron Boon, and Corey Patterson, it is beginning to look like Bowden has a penchant for pillaging the table scraps of the perpetually sub-.500 Red Legs. I guess the more things change the more they stay the same. In Bowden’s defense, Dunn is a virtual lock for exactly 40 home runs, 100 rbis, 110 walks, 165 strike outs, and an obp of .386 each and every year.
I guess there’s something to be said about consistency these days. Even if it’s not all that impressive.
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