We had the usual e-mail grab bag of the "Fire Bob Boone" missives, although winning three straight series slowed the stream a little. There were some other questions mixed in.
Q, from Matt in Blue Ash: Do you think the Reds should try to trade Sean Casey while he is hot? I'm a big Casey fan, but Jim Bowden is big about upside and five-tool players. Sean doesn't really fit either of those two spots. That would free up some money for the Reds to go after pitching and allow Adam Dunn to play first base, where he looks to be a better fit. It also means Jose Guillen can get more at-bats. Do you believe it would be wise to trade Casey?
A: No. If the Reds were a fantasy-league team, yes. You can get a first baseman to put up better power numbers. But the Reds don't need more power, they need more guys who can hit in the clutch. Casey has done a good job of that in his career (.323 with runners in scoring position in his career) when he's healthy. He's great in the clubhouse. Example: Last week, when Casey was pulled for a pinch-runner in the seventh - a move for which Boone took heat - Casey was just as happy that the guy who hit in his spot (Reggie Taylor) got the hit as he would have been had he got it himself.
From William in Lebanon: There is too much talent on this team for our hitters to be hitting this badly. It has to be the coaching these guys are getting. Bob Boone thinks he knows it all, and it's time someone put him in his place. I'm more enthusiastic about the Bengals' chances than the Reds' at this point. Somebody please fire Bob Boone.
A: A manager or coach can lead a player to the plate, but he can't make him not strike out. The Reds built a team heavy on power. With that come strikeouts.
Q, from David: Can somebody please wake Jim Bowden up from his reclamation-project nap and tell him to lock up Austin Kearns and Adam Dunn?
A: I'm sure the Reds have looked at the possibility of signing them to long-term deals. But one of the advantages of developing your own talent is you get it cheaply for a few years.
Q, from Scott in California: I live way out on the left coast and haven't heard much lately about Ken Griffey Jr. What is the latest on Griffey and his progress? Is he going to be back in May or June?
A: My guess is mid-May. He looks good. The pain in his shoulder is nearly gone. The Reds don't want to put a date on it because they've been burned by that before.
Q, from Walt: When will the Reds realize that Ryan Dempster is not a major-league pitcher? He has no control, and when he is in the strike zone, it is usually high.
A: The guy was an All-Star in 2000. He was 14-10 in 2000 and 15-12 in 2001. He has had two really awful innings this year. But he did pitch nine innings of one-run ball in Minute Maid Park. Not a major-leaguer? Come on.
Q, from LaMonte: I am the biggest Rickey Henderson fan. I read on the rumor wire that the Reds were having discussions about signing Rickey. I know he came to an agreement with the Newark Bears, just wanted to know if there was any further update.
A, He would be interesting to have around. But with Guillen playing well and Griffey's return not that far off, I don't see it happening.
FLYING PIG MARATHON
Locals win Flying Pig
REDS SUNDAY GAME
Giants 6, Reds 1
Reds Box, Runs
REDS SATURDAY GAME
Giants 9, Reds 6
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Harnisch putting in his innings
First win of season gives Graves shot of confidence
Aussie takes American game for a kick and a jog
Fay: MLB power rankings
NL: Pujols, Cards hot
AL: Pedro twirls five-hitter
Notes from Saturday's games
Louisville 4, Buffalo 1
Cy Young vs. Cy Old
Mix up makes Choi the NL rookie of month
Ex-Astro Lugo says he didn't strike wife
Funny Cide up in Derby
Jockey Santos realizes dream with a gelding
Frankel accepts defeat in stride
A win for owners, and their home state
In a N.Y. minute - or two
No fade at finish for humbled Patton
Bengals begin to take shape
Newest receiver should fit right in
Kitna comes out with early praise for Warrick
Price fired as Alabama football coach
Tide president made the right call
Alabama players upset by coach's firing
Daugherty: O.J. Mayo
Prep results, schedule
Cronin's goal is to outfox ex-employers UC, U of L for recruits
Pictures worth 1,000 words for Missouri English major
Court: newspaper may be entitled to Knight records
Duncan to repeat as MVP
Ky. Speedway still hoping for Cup race
Driver Nadeau critical but improving
Giguere pulled in loss to Stars
Clones lose finale
Verplank maintains 3-shot lead
De La Hoya stops Campas
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Division II Lewis beats BYU for NCAA title
Top Of The Second power rankings
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