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I Don't Get It Either


Twitter is a great tool. BRM uses it, in part, so we have another outlet for our posts. Sometimes, I jump on there to engage in conversation with Reds fans. To me, that’s a good thing. I take that back. It’s a great thing.

But, like almost everything in today’s world of social media, Twitter has the hidden ability to have individuals air out their feelings on certain things. You are practically guaranteed to find a shocking revelation somewhere. And some things just don’t register too well with the reader of these tweets. Case in point, former Reds pitcher Aaron Harang.

Redleg Nation had an excellent and thought provoking (to me) tweet yesterday.

Do not understand the hate for Aaron Harang among some #Reds fans. I hope the big guy has a great season for SD.

When I read that tweet, I immediately went to the search on Twitter. I, like the gang over at Redleg Nation, was appalled at all the negative comments from Reds fans aimed at Harang. Have we forgotten…

I suppose a number of us have. Some may have never had the pleasure to watch Harang while he was in his prime as the Reds #1.

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP ER SO WHIP SO/BB
2003 CIN 4 3 5.28 9 9 0 0 46.0 27 26 1.261 2.60
2004 CIN 10 9 4.86 28 28 1 1 161.0 87 125 1.429 2.36
2005 CIN 11 13 3.83 32 32 1 0 211.2 90 163 1.266 3.20
2006 CIN 16 11 3.76 36 35 6 2 234.1 98 216 1.272 3.86
2007 CIN 16 6 3.73 34 34 2 1 231.2 96 218 1.144 4.19
2008 CIN 6 17 4.78 30 29 1 1 184.1 98 153 1.383 3.06
2009 CIN 6 14 4.21 26 26 2 1 162.1 76 142 1.411 3.30
2010 CIN 6 7 5.32 22 20 0 0 111.2 66 82 1.585 2.16
9 Seasons 81 87 4.33 240 234 13 6 1451.2 698 1205 1.345 2.96
CIN (8 yrs) 75 80 4.28 217 213 13 6 1343.0 638 1125 1.325 3.19
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/10/2011.

Not a single person can deny that Harang’s last three seasons in a Reds uniform were lackluster. Some may even state they were putrid. But how quickly we forget…

We forget that in 2006, Harang joined a rather notable group. A group of pitchers that led the league in wins and strikeouts. One fact about that ’06 season is that Harang did not receive a single mention for the Cy Young. The inflated ERA and the Reds third place finish may have had something to do with that. If the same were to happen today (yes, it’s only 4+ years ago), he would get a mention or two…at least.

We forget that in 2007, Harang was rated as the Reds top player (according to Baseball Reference) with a WAR of 5.3. The next two were Bronson Arroyo (3.4) and Adam Dunn (3.0). Harang also finished 4th in the Cy Young voting that season.

We forget that now ill-fated relief appearance in 2008 when Harang pitched stellar in a relief outing. Just a month ago, Harang revealed what that outing did (via Sign On San Diego).

“What it did,” said Harang, “is fatigue me beyond the point of recovery. I started to change my arm angle to compensate for the fatigue and that’s when my forearm started to bother me.”

When the Reds were bad, Harang was good. When the Reds sat atop the NL Central at the end of last season, Harang wasn’t. In fact, last year was the only season during Harang’s tenure in Cincinnati where the Reds finished higher than third place and that occurred only once in 2006. Those previous fourth and fifth place finishes within the division cannot be placed solely on Harang’s shoulders.

This just provides even more proof that we’re caught in a “what have you done for me lately” world.

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  • beeker

    Reds “fans” who would take cheap shots at a guy like Harang need to take their allegiance to a team where classlessness is encouraged. I recommend the Cubs and the Steelers.

    I wouldn’t want the Reds to go easy on Harang, but I felt a little bad for him that they lit him up for 7. As long as it isn’t against the Reds, I hope to see him do well in San Diego.

    Like you said, there was a good stretch where he was one of the few quality guys in a sea of mediocrity. Unlike much of the rotation, you knew the Reds had a chance on the days he started, no matter who the opponent was. He and Zambrano had more than a few great duels.

    But more than that, Harang is a top-class guy. Yeah, his TV personality was weak when they got him on “Reds Live” after a game, but he is a great person. Do these hater dorks not remember his section in right field where he would pay to bring military guys and their families to the games… at his expense? Or the charities he worked with? Or how well his teammates ALWAYS spoke of him?

    I want no association with boneheads who would take a cheap shot at Harang. If you weren’t paying enough attention in the bad seasons to know how good he was, then keep your ignorance to yourself.