I think it depends on what the player prefers.... Walk-out songs are played to benefit the player, mainly if they want/need the crowd roaring when he pitches, or like it appears for Madson, wants/needs the crowd taken out of the game.
The Reds cut 16 players today.
IF Kristopher Negron, IF Neftali Soto, RHP Josh Judy; IF Didi Gregorius, IF Henry Rodriguez, RHP Pedro Villarreal; IF/OF Donald Lutz and RHP Kyle Lotzkar were optioned.
C Tucker Barnhart, RHP Nick Christiani, RHP Daniel Corcino, C Brian Esposito, RHP Sean Gallagher, LHP Donnie Joseph, RHP Chad Reineke and RHP Brett Tomko were re-assigned to the minor league camp.
“This is probably the latest we made the first cut since I’ve been in baseball,” Dusty Baker said. “A lot had to do with the doubleheaders and scheduling. We sent out some guys who were very impressive. We just didn’t have the innings and the at-bats.” ON PHIPPS: I’m writing about Denis Phipps for tomorrow’s paper.
Phipps, 26, hit a combined .346 last year after struggling at the plate most of his minor league career.
“He got it together,” Baker said. “We want everyone to get it at the same time. It doesn’t always work like that. I remember talking to David Bell during the season. He couldn’t understand why he wasn’t hitting. All the sudden, it clicked.”
Could Phipps help the big league club this year?
“It depends if he keeps progressing,” Baker said. “It helps that he played Winter Ball and came into camp ready. He’s got an outstanding arm. He runs well. He’s a good outfielder. He’s still learning how to steal bases. He doesn’t have that down yet. He pays attention. He’s not fooling around over there.
“He’s still here. I like him a lot.” ON JANISH: Baker said Paul Janish remains in the plan — if he hits.
“You try to see progress,” Baker said. “Last year this time, he was tearing it up. He’s still in the mix. He’s still in the mix big time. If he improves on his hitting, this guy is a big league shortstop. If we didn’t have a guy like (Zack) Cozart, we’d probably be waiting on Janish to get it together.
“The way the sport and world is now, there’s not a lot of patience.”
Baker hasn’t tried Janish in the outfield yet. Janish is willing to play there to add to his versatility.
“But I’m sure he could do it,” Baker said.
Criticize if you will, but before you call the men in white coats, consider that a source in Cincinnati said on Tuesday that the Phillies and Reds had at least talked about a Hamels for Brandon Phillips swap.