By random draw, our first target will be Todd Coffey. Coffey, 25, was a 41st-round draft pick by the Reds out of Chase City high school in 1998. He has steadily worked his way up the Reds minor league system since returning from Tommy John surgery in the 2000 season. He made his major league debut last year with the Reds and was immediately a stabilizing force in our bullpen. He is apparently something of a character, as evidenced by his loves of jello and banana/mayonnaise sandwiches. He'll also be a very important member of the Reds' 2005 staff.
Last year he was more effective at home than when away. As GABP is a fairly neutral park, this is not tremendously surprising. But what is surprising is that he actually allowed HR's at twice the rate on the road vs. at home, as GABP does induce a lot of home runs. I suspect that what we're seeing here is more the result of small sample sizes than an actual trend.
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