Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Mark Sheldon weighs in:
If the Reds don't re-sign Orlando Cabrera, would you be satisfied if Paul Janish replaced him? Or would you want the Reds to sign a new starting shortstop? I know Janish has some amazing defensive skills, but his bat isn't that hot. What do you think?
-- Art O., West Chester, Ohio
I think it would more than fine if the Reds opened the 2011 season with Janish at shortstop. He's earned the chance with his glove and has defensive ability that is without question. He's a strong character guy, a hard worker and a team-first player. Offensively, he's also made some very nice improvements. Janish batted .260 with five homers and 25 RBIs over 82 games, and filled in quite well over 27 games in August while Cabrera was on the disabled list. With the Reds being much better offensively, they could have Janish bat eighth and a .230-.250 average over a full season wouldn't be as big a liability.
Unfortunately for Janish, he might find himself in a similar position as last year, in which the regular shortstop job could be his all winter, but not when camp opens. The Reds could still sign Cabrera for a lower price than the $4-million option that was declined, or a different veteran could be found on the open market. A lot will depend on how much money is left on the payroll after raises, arbitration situations and other needs are addressed.
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John Fay has this to say:
ON JANISH: The Reds' plan - at least for now - is to give Paul Janish a shot as the everyday shortstop job. I talked to a scout who's seen him a lot and I asked about how Janish rates.
"He's solid-average," the scout said. "He's limited in range with plus hands and plus instincts. He plays a little tall and that keeps him from getting to some balls. I've always had him as an extra infielder. If you play him every day, he gets exposed a bit offensively. I think defensively I've got him on the 20-80 scale at 60 because of his hands and he's got a strong, accurate arm."
The key is getting a solid backup; Janish tends to wear down a little.
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Pinstripe Alley got all nostalgic about Bubba Crosby last weekend. They miss him. Awww, how sweet. (Except that putz who posted the collision photo. That was Sheffield's fault, darn it!)
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Last Friday at work, we were all called into an unexpected meeting. I had a feeling it was bad news, since the only other time they ever did that it was to tell us a coworker had died. No one died this time, but it was bad news. They were laying off 25 of us.
They didn't tell us at the meeting who was being laid off. But they said that those affected had already gotten their pink slips privately, so I knew my job was safe (at least so far - I expect things will get worse before they get better). But it was still quite a shock. They offered a buyout a couple of months ago, and many people took it. We thought layoffs wouldn't be necessary. We were wrong.
Today, we found out the names of those getting the axe. It was pretty heartbreaking. One of them is an engineer with two young boys. He and his wife just bought a house. They moved in last week. Another is a young man who was so upset that he walked out and hasn't been back since. It's been three days. The layoffs won't take effect until the end of the year, but he hasn't been back.
The sad thing is that many of the people laid off would have taken the buyout if they knew they were going to be laid off.
The whole atmosphere at the office is terrible. Some of the people who got pink slips are lashing out - hinting that so-and-so should be laid off instead, or burning their bridges by telling off their bosses. Those who aren't losing their jobs are afraid they will eventually. Mostly, it's unbelievably quiet, with none of the usual joking and chatter.
It's going to be a long winter.
This must be what it's like in the Dallas Cowboys locker room...
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According to the Pensacola News Journal, Andy Phillips will be speaking tomorrow (Monday) at the Marcus Pointe Baptist Church.
Monday: UNDONE, college age ministry one year anniversary celebration, 7 p.m., worship center. Speaker: Andy Phillips, former New York Yankees player. Performer: Bethany Barr Phillips. An iPad will be given away.
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More and more, I'm leaning toward, "Don't vote, it only encourages them." Nevertheless, I fulfilled my civic obligation (and risked jury duty) and voted today.
For over a hundred years, New York has used lever machines. I rather liked them. Quick, simple, cheap, and durable. Unfortunately, not terribly accurate. I figure as long as the error is random, it's not a problem. Nevertheless, we switched over to optical scan ballots this year.
Perhaps it was just because it was new, but voting was really slow. With the lever machines, you had to wait in line twice: once to sign in, once to use the machine. There were three lines to wait in today: to sign in, to use a carrel to fill in your ballot, then to get your ballot scanned. If your ballot was filled in properly, it was rejected, and you had to get in line for a carrel again.
I skipped the carrel line and just sat at an open table to fill in my ballot. If anyone wanted to peak over my shoulder, let 'em. It did take longer to color in the little bubbles (just like taking the SAT) than to pull the levers. And I'm not sure how the visually disabled are accommodated. The lever machines could easily be used by touch alone, and had the names in Braille as well as regular print.
A lot of older people had trouble with the optical scan ballots They couldn't see the small type, even with the magnifiers in the carrels. Their ballots were rejected because they didn't color inside the lines (too long since they took the SAT, I guess).
Then there was the scanner. To keep your ballot secret, you put it in a big cardboard sleeve, then fed it into the scanner by pushing the paper ballot with your fingers until the machine grabbed the paper and pulled it out of the sleeve. You were then supposed to wait until it scanned both sides. If it couldn't read it, the ballot was rejected and you had to fix it. Very awkward and slow, I must say.
The media is reporting that turnout was shockingly low, but it was crowded enough at my polling place. Though it might have only seemed crowded, because it took so long to vote with the new system.