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  1. This is pretty obvious to anyone watching Reds games. Maybe there’s some intangiable clubhouse effect Cabrera brings but they both seem like good teammates and well-liked from the broadcasts.

    Also, maybe you could do a study of the cost of Baker playing catcher Ramon Hernandez so much as well.

    Ryan Hanigan is an OBP machine and has an awesome arm. His at-bats remind me of Scott Hatteberg. Yet he only plays 40% of the time or so vs. an aging veteran.

    Maybe Hanigan doesn’t speak Spanish and can’t communicate with Volquez and Cueto, etc.?

    Comment by Jeff in So. Indiana — August 18, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

  2. If you look at Janish’s BABIP during his 2007 AAA campaign and during his time with the Reds prior to this year, his current offensive success doesn’t seem quite so unsustainable. He’s always had good plate discipline and made contact at a good rate. He may be over-performing his talent slightly in those areas, but not by much. The most noticeable change in his offense has been his power. He we worked doggedly this offseason on his wrist strength and he has shown pull power this year which he had not previously displayed.

    I’m not sure he’ll maintain that .348 wOBA, but .330 is certainly sustainable given his skill set. This exceeds what Cabrera provides. Combined with his clearly superior defensive ability, this should be a no-brainer.

    All that said, Cabrera is, by all accounts, a very strong clubhouse presence and we all know that Dusty’s top priority is keeping his clubhouse happy. Unless Cabrera asks Dusty to keep playing Janish, I’d be shocked to see Janish continue to play more often than not when O-Cab returns.

    Comment by Rick — August 18, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

  3. And one more thing, this same article could basically be written about Jonny Gomes. His early success has earned him way more rope than he deserves. His glove is horrendous and his bat overrated. That Chris Heisey is not playing everyday is another example of the Reds making poor decisions on the margins.

    Comment by Rick — August 18, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

  4. Agreed about Gomes. The Reds broadcasters keep saying how awesome the Reds’ bench has been. That’s true. But when you consistently start vets like Cabrera, Gomes and Hernandez and leave upgrades on the bench, of course your bench will be awesome.

    Of course, this doesn’t explain Miguel Cairo’s year. That’s just unexplainable other than small sample size.

    I can understand playing slumping rookies like Stubbs and Bruce as they are high-ceiling young players. but Hernandez, Cabrera and Gomes are all FAs after the year. Why not play better performing players who are the future of the team?

    Comment by Jeff in So. Indiana — August 18, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

  5. I do want to add that Baker’s done a nice job giving the youngsters a shot in the rotation and bullpen and not overworking them like he was accused of in his Cubs days. He also didn’t give up early on Masset and that worked.

    Comment by Jeff in So. Indiana — August 18, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

  6. Agree. Same deal with Logan Ondrusek. Well, they *did* give up on him, but they gave him a second chance.

    Comment by Chris — August 18, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

  7. This is the same manager that had Adam Dunn attempt to sacrifice bunt. Not exactly a forward thinking guy.

    Comment by StatBoy — August 18, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

  8. I have to say that this seems spot-on. Cabrera has been on a slow decline for a while now, in my opinion. It hardly seems crazy to think that a solid prospect on the rise is a better bet than him in the lineup at this point, and it’s basically certain that Janish would be an upgrade in the field.

    In other news, speaking of veterans- did anybody catch Thome’s walkoff the other night? Thome has hit a lot of walkoff HR’s in his career. Unless I’m incorrect with my numbers (which I might be) I think this puts Thome with 12 walkoff HR. That would be enough to tie the career record (for regular season), which I think is shared by Ruth, Foxx, Mantle, and Robinson. Can anybody confirm this?

    Comment by B N — August 18, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

  9. Seneca never said that. But he did say that the “gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a man’s life, and I maintain that, even when they have reached the extreme limit, they have their pleasure still” which might provide some solice to Cabrera after logging another 0-for.

    Comment by Classical — August 18, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

  10. I don’t get it…we are checking Janish’s babip to ensure that his last few weeks haven’t been flukish, yet we aren’t checking Cabrera’s to see where he stands? His babip had been normalizing in the 2nd half before his injury and he was putting up a robust .333/.395/.391 line since the break. Cabrera is an asset to the Reds and should get his job back once he returns.

    Comment by David — August 18, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

  11. I’m pretty sure Seneca did say that, but that’s neither here nor there.

    To the other quote, I think Thoreau would take issue with it.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — August 18, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

  12. Yes, as well as Stan Musial.

    Comment by Max — August 18, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

  13. Much has been made of the late-season run the Reds went on late last year after acquiring Rolen. Has nobody noticed that it was about that same time that Janish was inserted as SS? It would be very interesting to see the Reds W/L with Janish starting at SS since that time. Ignore the starts he received at 3B while Dusty inexplicably played OCab at SS.

    I would also find it interesting to see the SP ERAs in those games compared to Cabrera games. While that may be a rather simplistic stat for the readership here, I would be surprised if those numbers weren’t very telling.

    Finally, it makes no difference what Cabrera is hitting recently, longterm, or projection. If Janish’s bat is productive at all, his glove is so far superior to Cabrera’s at this point that that Cabrera’s offense would have to be substantially superior.

    Comment by William — August 21, 2010 @ 11:22 am

  14. Love to see Janish stay put at SS. Great glove, smooth as silk, and seems to be getting more confidence at the plate, with a good eye…leave him there Dusty, PLEASE!!!!

    Comment by Dake Wright — August 23, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

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