CINCINNATI -- The announcement will likely come any time now.
Bronson Arroyo is done. He said as much after another horrible outing Sunday.
“You have to put up enough quality starts for a ball club to want to keep you around, you know?” Arroyo told reporters afterward. “That could have been the last time I was on the field, yeah. It's just the way it is.”
It’s too bad it will end this way. Arroyo has been as good a Red as they come. I’m talking the total package -- on-the-field performance, leadership, community involvement.
The local chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America gives the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award every year. Arroyo won it a couple of times. But honestly, the winner most years was the best guy not named Bronson Arroyo simply because we didn’t want to give it to him every year.
Arroyo never turned down an interview request. He’s funny, cerebral and brutally honest.
I remember when the performance-enhancing drugs stuff was going on in baseball. The subject of amphetamines came up. Someone asked Arroyo if he ever took them.
“Of course, I took a greenie on a day game -- a 12:35 game pitching against Johan Santana,” he said.
So did lots and lots of other players, but only a guy like Arroyo would admit it.
But he also had a huge impact on the franchise here. The hallmark of the teams during the nine-year run of losing seasons starting in 2000 was bad starting pitching. To wit: Elmer Dessens (28-27 as a Red) made MLB.com's Reds All-Decade team for 2000 to ’10.
Arroyo came over from the Boston Red Sox and started to change that. He was a guy who had won, and he was a guy who got the most out of the very least of stuff. His 108 wins are 16th most in Reds history.
Arroyo’s public image -- guitar-playing party boy with long blond hair -- belied that he was a dedicated player. He’s a workout freak. He eats well. And he gets his rest.
“Everyone thinks he’s good-time Charley,” Dusty Baker used to say. “But this guy works.”