Monday, September 30, 2002

Reds Notebook

Griffey could be hitting coach

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTREAL - A familiar name has surfaced in speculation about who will be the Reds' next hitting coach: Ken Griffey Sr.

        Griffey Sr. was supposed to be the Reds' first-base coach this season, but he stepped down during spring training and took a scouting role. He was the team's coach in 1997 and '98.

        AWARDS: Manager Bob Boone hasn't made up any plaques, but if he were giving the Reds awards, here's what he'd do:

        Most valuable player: Third baseman Aaron Boone. “They're several candidates: Aaron, (second baseman Todd) Walker, (right-hander Jimmy) Haynes,” Bob Boone said.

        Statistically, it's hard to argue with the choice. Aaron Boone leads the Reds in RBI (87), stolen bases (32), and is tied for first in home runs (26).

        Cy Young: Haynes. Elmer Dessens' ERA was more than a point better (3.03 to 4.12), but Haynes finished 15-10, while Dessens was 7-8.

        “Haynes has had some hard luck, too,” Bob Boone said. “He left a couple of games with the lead. He didn't get a lot of support. Elmer did a great job, but I don't think it's close.

        Unsung hero: Outfielder Reggie Taylor. “If we don't make the deal (for Taylor), I don't know where we'd be with Junior getting hurt.”

        ONLY JOSE: Reds right-hander Jose Rijo opened his final paycheck of the season, took one look at it and belted out a spirited version of “God Bless America.” Said Rijo: “This is a great country.”

        SUPER SLUMP: Reds outfielder Adam Dunn finished with 23 hits in his last 150 at-bats (.153). What's more stunning is that Dunn had only two home runs and six RBI in that period. That projects to seven homers and 21 RBI over a 162-game season.


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