Tag:Scott Rolen
Posted on: July 9, 2011 9:10 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Rolen takes Chipper's place on NL All-Stars

Scott Rolen will replace Chipper Jones on the National League All-Star team.

Jones went on the disabled list Saturday and had surgery on a knee that has bothered him for two months. Rolen had next call on a spot because he finished just behind Jones in player balloting.

Rolen is hitting just .245 for the Reds, but third base is an unusually weak position in the National League this year.

Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:26 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 2:27 am
 

The best (19th inning) pitcher in the game

PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Halladay didn't no-hit the Reds.

Wilson Valdez did.

Roy Halladay didn't make this game memorable. Wilson Valdez did.

No one will ever forget the night Halladay no-hit the Reds in the playoffs. And no one will ever forget the night (early morning?) that Valdez no-hit the Reds in the 19th inning.

I know this much: The next time Halladay pitches against the Reds at Citizens Bank Park, I'm there. And you should be, too.

The first time he faced them, Reds starter Travis Wood took a perfect game to the ninth inning. The next time he faced them, Halladay made like Don Larsen.

And Wednesday night -- early Thursday morning -- Valdez made like . . . Roy Halladay?

Well, sort of.

Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball. He has 175 career wins, and a 3.29 career ERA.

Valdez is a utility infielder, who last pitched in some town game in the Dominican Republic, nine years ago. And he now has a 1-0 career record, and a 0.00 career ERA.

He got Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Carlos Fisher in the top of the 19th, and Raul Ibanez's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 19th made the Phillies -- and Valdez -- a 5-4 winner in one of the craziest games you'll ever see.

And Wilson Valdez was absolutely the star.

"He's wanted to pitch for a while," said Dane Sardinha, who caught him. "Now I'm sure he'll want to even more. But I'd hang it up right now if I were him. Perfect record."

Valdez was having none of that.

"Anytime they need me," he said.

And why not? He threw one pitch at 90 mph, most of the others at 88-89.

"That's better than some guys," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Manuel hates the idea of using a position player to pitch. He said he'd never done it. But he ran out of pitchers, Danys Baez had already thrown 73 pitches (easily the most he'd thrown since he became a reliever eight years ago), and Manuel decided it would be too risky to use one of his other starting pitchers.

So Valdez it was, in the 19th inning, at 1 o'clock in the morning.

At first base, Ryan Howard told Reds coach Billy Hatcher, "If he throws anything like he throws it [across the infield] to me, he'll be nasty out there, because he throws sinkers."

Behind the plate, Sardinha put down one finger for a fastball, over and over. Valdez tried to shake him off ("I thought, what is he about to throw," Howard said), but Sardinha put down one finger again.

Votto flied out to center field, but then Valdez called his catcher to the mound. Actually, two catchers, because Carlos Ruiz was playing third base, and he joined the conversation, as well.

"He told me he wanted to throw his other pitches," a disbelieving Sardinha said. "Then he hit [Scott] Rolen with a slider."

In the stands, where a surprising number of fans remained, the crowd got as loud as it had in hours.

"Let's go Wilson!" they chanted. "Wil-son! Wil-son!"

Sardinha -- and Valdez -- went back to the fastball to get Bruce and Fisher, the final Reds pitcher, who threw 95 pitches in 5 2/3 innings and was in the game long enough to get two at-bats.

Then the Phillies scored, and the game was over, just 6 hours, 11 minutes after it began.

"It was a grind," Howard said. "But we got a new spark of life when Wilson went out there."

Valdez was the happiest Phillie around, even happier when a reporter told him he was clocked at 90 mph.

He admitted that he went to the mound with no pressure ("I just thought, throw a strike, because if [Votto] hits a home run, they're not going to say anything. He's a tough hitter.").

He said he was ready to keep pitching if the Phillies didn't score in the bottom of the 19th.

"I could go three more, four more, whatever," he said. "This is something I'm never going to forget."

I'm with him on that. And if you saw it, I'm guessing you are, too.

*****

Two more memorable lines from a memorable night:

Sardinha, on whether Valdez had good stuff: "I told him he did, but it was [just] all right. He had a good sinker, and that was it."

Baez, on his 16th-inning at-bat, when he struck out: "I put on the wrong helmet. I put on a helmet to hit left-handed, and I thought, 'There's something wrong.' And I forgot to put pine tar on the bat."

Manuel, on Valdez: "I put him in against the heart of the order, [to] see what he's got. I think he passed the test."

Posted on: August 9, 2010 1:30 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Reds get Edmonds from Brewers

On the day they begin a big showdown series with the Cardinals, the Reds have acquired ex-St. Louis outfielder Jim Edmonds in a trade with the Brewers. Outfielder Chris Dickerson goes to Milwaukee in the one-for-one deal.

Edmonds played for the Cards from 2000-07. He was hitting .286 with eight home runs in 73 games for the Brewers, after coming out of retirement this spring.

A few teams had shown interest in trading for Edmonds last month, but at the time the 40-year-old outfielder had told Brewers management he wasn't interested in moving. But Edmonds likes the Midwest, and he played for Reds general manager Walt Jocketty when Jocketty was running the Cardinals.

With Jocketty, Edmonds and third baseman Scott Rolen, the Reds now have three contributors with strong St. Louis ties.
Posted on: April 5, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2010 3:08 pm
 

On opening day home runs -- and Scott Rolen

As we told you last night, Jorge Posada now has as many opening day home runs as Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle, and has now homered on as many opening days as Babe Ruth did, tying the Yankee record.

Posada has four opening day home runs.

Scott Rolen now has six, after hitting one for the Reds today.

According to baseball-reference.com, Rolen's six opening day home runs has him tied with Washington's Adam Dunn for the second most among active players. The leader is Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr., with eight.

By the way, with his two home runs for the Cardinals today, Albert Pujols now has four opening day homers in his career. Not bad, but not Rolen.
Category: MLB
Tags: Reds, Scott Rolen
 
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:55 pm
 

Rolen traded to Reds, pending approval

The Blue Jays have agreed to trade Scott Rolen to the Reds, pending Rolen's approval.

The teams had been discussing a trade that would send Edwin Encarnacion to Toronto as part of a package. The Reds have wanted Rolen to add a veteran presence to their lineup. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty had Rolen in St. Louis.

Posted on: July 30, 2009 2:19 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2009 2:21 pm
 

Reds want Rolen for Encarnacion, plus

The Reds have contined to talk to the Blue Jays about acquiring Scott Rolen, and Bob Elliiott of the Toronto Sun reported today that the trade has "a good chance" of getting done.

If it does, sources said that the Blue Jays will receive Edwin Encarnacion in return, in addition to one or more other players. The teams were negotiating on how much of Rolen's remaining salary (about $4 million for the rest of this year, and $11 million for 2010) the Blue Jays will pick up.

The Reds have lost eight of their last nine games, falling nine games out of first place in the National League Central and 9 1/2 games out in the wild-card race, but general manager Walt Jocketty is fond of Rolen from their time together in Cincinnati, and Jocketty is said to believe that Rolen could help the Reds' young lineup. The Reds also see the NL Central as weak.

Rolen, 34, has hit .320 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs for the Blue Jays. Encarnacion, 26, is hitting .206 with five home runs and 16 RBIs for the Reds.

Posted on: July 27, 2009 4:25 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2009 4:59 pm
 

Reds, Jays still talking about Rolen

The Reds are not sellers.

Despite an 0-6 trip to Los Angeles and Chicago, the Reds have continued to talk to Toronto about acquiring third baseman Scott Rolen, and sources said the deal has a chance of happening.

The Reds are in fifth place in the National League East, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Cubs, but club officials are said to believe that the competition isn't imposing and that their young lineup would be helped considerably by the addition of the 34-year-old Rolen. Rolen is hitting .318 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs in 85 games for Toronto.

Cincinnati has scored fewer runs than any NL team other than San Francisco and San Diego.

Rolen, who is signed through 2010, played for Reds general manager Walt Jocketty for 5 1/2 years in St. Louis.

The Reds have talked to teams about trading pitchers, including Bronson Arroyo, but sources said such deals would only be made if they helped the Reds this year and next.
Category: MLB
 
 
 
 
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