Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Winter has come for the Cincinnati Reds. They never had a champagne celebration. After winning the division a couple of years, I guess a wild card berth didn't seem worth celebrating. They were going to wait until after they won the wild card game. But they didn't win. Their season is over.
Tony Cingrani was not on the playoff roster announced this morning. They were hoping he could return if the Reds went deep into the postseason, but I guess he's still too injured to pitch now.
The Braves have not announced their postseason roster yet, but I'm guessing Paul Janish will make it. According to beat writer Mark Bowman, second baseman Dan Uggla has been informed that he will not be on the postseason roster, at least for the first round.
If this is true, it leaves the Braves with just 5 infielders. Janish will be the only backup infielder. That seems weird and ill-advised. The Braves could call up Phil Gosselin again, but Bowman says they want an extra pitcher for Uggla's slot.
It kind of makes sense to leave Uggla off the roster. He appears to have lost the starting 2B job to Elliot Johnson. And Uggla is just not a good fit as a bench player. His defense is poor, he's not a good pinch runner, and lately he can't hit his way out of a wet paper bag. Janish has hit better over the last month than Uggla.
But OTOH...Janish as the only backup infielder on the bench seems crazy, especially in the post-season. I really don't know what to make of all this.
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