Camden Yards

Greetings from muggy Baltimore and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Oddly enough, I rarely hear the place referred to as Oriole Park and only as Camden Yards. I’ve been here four or five times, but this is only the Reds’ second visit here. The last time, was in 2011 when the Baltimore was the last city the Reds visited in Interleague Play and played here for the first time since the 1970 World Series. The Orioles took two of three in the series.

Also strange, this is 36-year-old Ryan Ludwick’s first-ever visit to Baltimore as a player. Very strange considering how long he’s played and that he’s played in the American League.

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I’m not surprised that none of the September call-ups are in the starting lineup and I wouldn’t expect that to happen in games that have meaning for the opponents. The Orioles are in first place in the AL East and battling for the postseason, of course.

Of the 10 call-ups, and the four players not previously up this season, I’m most interested in seeing Yorman Rodriguez play. He was a much-ballyhooed signing as a 16-year-old for $2.5 million and he just turned 22 a couple of weeks ago. I’ve seen him at Spring Training but now we’ll see how he fares in regular season games.
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Can Rodriguez drive in runs? What is his track record at double A…

Its always about RBI’s….. He who has the most runs wins.

I don’t understand why we should be concerned whether a game has meaning for our opponent. I would like to see Rodriguez and Lutz get plenty of playing time multiple games in a row. Sadly it’s about us for next year, but it’s still about us not them.

All teams who play contenders in September put their best team on the field. It is an unwritten law in baseball has been forever. If you don’t and then the next September the situation is reversed it has a tendency to come back and bite you. Opposing teams don’t forget that they remember. The minors are for testing players not the majors during a pennant run. We play the Cubs Houston somebody like that then you play the Lutz’s etc.

Thanks. Makes sense.

Who knows what Dusty Price will do. He has to enter their names in his laptop and find what their STATS are first !

Price needs to remain as Price and stay away from tooth picks,armbands ,and try to find some good coaches to help him, he sure hasn’t got any help from that staff.

He is the one who picks his staff . He is also the one makes the lineup card out. So , he is the one responsible .

Right, the players have nothing to do with it, it is the manager ‘s fault.

It is when you continue to Change the lineup everyday !!! No consistency.

Jim — Changing lineups daily has little to do with wins and losses or consistency. The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals had 126 different lineups. They won the World Series. The 1990 Reds had 125 lineups… won a World Series. The 1975 Reds? 103 different lineups. World Series.

I want Mark to ask Bob and Walt, how they will react if the Cubs catch the Reds and the Reds are in last place at the end of the season, will they fix this or pretend there are no issues and keep the same team? Fans are not dumb and wont be excited to buy tickets if they refuse to get smart and fix this. The Cubs are looking better the next 3 years just because of the prospects they have drafted and traded for that will make them better than the Reds in the future along with the Cards/Brewers/Pirates. .. I hate thinking they are blind to this and think us fans are blind as well!!! I already went to my last game.. not worth wasting my time and money to watch a team that needed help and the front office refused to do anything about it the last 2 seasons!!!

Mark. Point well taken. I guess this team just doesn’t ‘ have the front line talent or depth those teams had . I reluctantly eat crow. !

Hey Neb. How many different lineups have the Reds had this year ?

Don’t look now, but the Reds are now behind San Diego in the wild card race. It just keeps going from bad to worse. Embarassed for Price wanting a replay when it was obvious to Hamilton that he was out. Also, what was the self acclaimed “heart and soul” of the Reds doing sticking his nose into it. Then turns around and jokes with the umpires when the team just lost another one. At least Price looked heartbroken.

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