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Chip R
03-01-2006, 09:06 PM
Here is the Reds Hot Stove League show report for 3-1-06. Andy Furman was the host toight. He talked about the intrasquad game today and the first exhibition game tomorrow which will be on WLW. Milton was scheduled to start but was scratched with a strained right calf. Ben Kozlowski will start for the Reds tomorrow in place of Milton. Miguel Perez and Ryan Wagner signed their 2006 contracts leaving Matt Belisle as the only non-signed player. Furman said that former Red Bret Boone retired.

After commercial Marty called in from Sarasota. Furman asked Marty why 2006 would be better than 2005. Marty said he's not going to say this team will be a contender but he's not going to discount it. He said that Tom Browning told him 3 days ago that this team will surprise some people cause the pitching will be better. Marty said it's too early to draw conclusions on indiviual players or the ballclub itself. But he said because of the new ownership and GM the optimism is unbelievable. Marty said a lot has to do with Jerry Narron. He said last year they worked out in the morning and afternoon and Marty said that was absolute eyewash. The players, manager and coaches didn't want to work out twice but DanO wanted them to so they did. He said their work is done at 12:30 now and the attitude is so much better. (OK, why is Marty crediting Narron for the change in workouts? If DanO was still around wouldn't they be working out twice a day no matter who the manager was?) Furman asked about some of the former Reds players who are advisors. Marty said LaCoss was a full time employee and he'll go through the farm system. Browning and Soto are guest instructors and George Foster and Eric Davis are supposed to be coming in at some point during ST. Marty credits Bob with the former players coming in. Marty said that Narron believes Soto could be a big league pitching coach right now. Marty said he's blown people away with what he's done, the approach he's taken and the aura he has around him has blown people away. He's tried to teach the pitchers to throw the circle change. Most of them are old enough to remember Soto as a player. He said it's nothing new. The Yankees have been doing this for years. Furman said there are a lot of players in camp now. Marty said that was because of a change in administration, DanO signed his guys and Wayne signed his guys. Marty said there are too many people in camp and that is the case especially with the pitchers. Narron said that there may be some players who feel like they didn't get a fair shot. Furman askled about Paul Wilson. Marty said they have been working him hard lately and there have been no problems. There is guarded optimism that he will be able to pitch the first week of the season. He said if that happens then the rotation is set. Narron has stated that the only way there will be a change in the rotation is because of injury or a trade. Furman asked if Coffey was the closer now. Marty said that seems to be the case and what Narron is going to do is get guys like Coffey, Wagner and Belisle into ST games early so they are facing starters and not scrubs. He said Coffey throws hard enough and has the good command that they would love to see him take that closer's spot. Furman said they have Merker and Weathers as setup men. Marty agreed and said they also have Hammond and White to give the veteran presence to the bullpen.

After commercial Furman asked Marty about the World Baseball Classic. Marty said he likes the idea and the concept but it doesn't seem to be working out quite like planned. Too many stars are dropping out. He doesn't like the time of year it's being played. Furman thinks that moving it to November may be better. Marty said that if you do that you compete with football and players have just finished a long season. Furmn asked if the Reds were concerned about Jr. playing (What is the difference in Jr. getting hurt in the WBC or in an exhibition game?) Marty really didn't say whether the Reds were concerned but just reiterated that it may not fly.

Afrter commercial Steve called in. Furman asked what was he like before his first broadcast 3 years ago. Steve said he came down in the middle of ST that year and he flew down on Firday night and did a game on Saturday so he didn't have much time to be nervous. Furman asked how much preparation he puts into a broadcast. Steve said quite a bit. He said it depends on the time of the season and who you are playing. He said regular season games are easier than the first few ST games cause you don't know who is always going to play in the spring. Furman asked Steve the difference between last year's ST and this one. Steve said the optimism and there seems to be an urgency about winning now. Furman asked about the former Reds coming back and how the players respond. He says the players are excited. They respect guys who have done it on the major league level. Furman said he's read reports that Browing has done some good with Milton. Steve said Tom seems optimistic about Milton and they will see when Milton pitches in the games. Furman asked who the biggest surprise in camp was. Steve really didn't know but did say that Claussen, Lopez and Machado are bigger than they were last year. Furman asked Steve if he's chatted with Krivsky. Steve said he already knew him and he's excited but in a holding pattern in regards to making deals with other teams. Furman asked Steve to compare DanO's and Wayne's regimes. Steve said DanO is more of an administrator and Wayne's a scout. DanO is more reserved and Wayne is more inrtense. Furman talked about the rotation and asked abut Germano. Steve said he's heard good things and if he doesn't make the Reds he will be at AAA. Furman asked about 2nd base and says he thinks Aurilia wiull be the starter. Steve said that Aurilia can't lead off which gives Freel and Womack the edge. Furman said if Opening Day was tomorow he'd have Lopez leading off, Aurilia at 2nd, Jr. in CF, Dunn at 1st, Kearns in RF, Pena in LF, Encarnacion at 3rd and LaRue catching. Steve said that could be and Lopez could lead off. Furman said that aside from some of the new players it's pretty much the same team. Steve said that the team is what it is and you have to hope that the guys who did poorly last year improve. Furman asked about Womack and wondered how much gas was left in his tank. Steve said that he looks great and he's upbeat and an NL guy at heart and wants to play because he has something to prove. Steve said he brings speed to the table and a lot of knowledge and it can't hurt to have another guy like him on the field. He said Tony;s a really nice guy too. Furman said with Jr. going to the WBC he hears Freel and McCracken will play CF and he wonders why not Womack since he is supposed to be able to play the OF. Steve said maybe they will.

After commercial Steve asked Steve if he was ready for tomorrow. Steve said he's looking forward to it. Furman asked about Harang and Claussen and whay they've done to improve. Steve said they have had prescribed workouts during the winter and that Aaron was throwing with Ruhle yesterday and seems to have a little more self confidence. He said Claussen looks bigger and seems a little more coinfident too. He said he liked how he toughened up last year. Furman said that he doesn't like Rob Dibble but he thought his success was a part of his aggressive personality and Harang needs to be more aggressive.

After commercial Furman asked about EdE. Steve said he had a ton of ability and he needs consistently. Steve said he looks like he's doing well and 3rd is his for the taking.

Thus endeth the Reds Hot Stove League show report for 3-1-06. So let it be written. So let it be done.

pedro
03-01-2006, 09:12 PM
Thanks Chip.

I'd love to see Mario Soto become a major league picthing coach. he was one of my favorite players when I was younger.

lollipopcurve
03-01-2006, 09:13 PM
gracias, Chip

KittyDuran
03-01-2006, 09:19 PM
Thanks, Chip! :thumbup: But your sarcasm is slipping [only two asides]...;)

Heath
03-01-2006, 09:36 PM
chip - well done as usual. Collect your battle pay from Krono.

On Edit - I did a search for the Hot Stove League Report a year ago - it sounds strangely familiar.

Hot Stove for March 3, 2005. (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32221&highlight=Hot+stove+league+report)

Heath
03-01-2006, 09:38 PM
Thanks, Chip! :thumbup: But your sarcasm is slipping [only two asides]...;)

Kitty - is it possible, that maybe, just maybe the Reds are turning a corner??

:yikes:

Scary thought.

KittyDuran
03-01-2006, 09:55 PM
Kitty - is it possible, that maybe, just maybe the Reds are turning a corner??

:yikes:

Scary thought.or Furball, Marty and Steve are making too much sense??? :help: ;)

Heath
03-01-2006, 10:00 PM
or Furball, Marty and Steve are making too much sense??? :help: ;)

Wow, must have been the adult beverages ;)

traderumor
03-01-2006, 10:29 PM
Furman said that aside from some of the new players it's pretty much the same team.Can't let this little gem slip by. That's quite a keen observation there, Furball.

Thanks for the report, Chip.

Chip R
03-01-2006, 10:37 PM
Thanks, Chip! :thumbup: But your sarcasm is slipping [only two asides]...;)

I'm still in spring training shape. ;)

KronoRed
03-01-2006, 10:56 PM
Thanks as always Chip :D

Superdude
03-01-2006, 11:21 PM
I'm so psyched about Claussen this year. He's now completely recovered from TJ and seems to be in awesome shape. That looks like all the ingredients for regaining the 90-94MPH heat he had as a prospect.

Blimpie
03-02-2006, 09:09 AM
Thanks again, Chip!


Steve really didn't know but did say that Claussen, Lopez and Machado are bigger than they were last yearI noticed this immediately about Felipe after seeing some of the ST photos that have been posted...