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03-11-2011, 02:04 PM
From Ken Broo:

Baker also tells me he knows who his five starting pitchers will be this season (there are supposedly seven candidates for the jobs) but will hold off final judgment until right before Opening Day.....Outfielder Chris Heisey tells me if it's to be that he has to start the season in AAA, he'll accept it' but won't like it. Heisey says he understands the goal of the big league club is to win now. But the smart money is on Heisey and newly acquired Fred Lewis to make the 25 man roster as the 4th and 5th outfielders respectively.


03-11-2011, 04:02 PM
johnfayman John Fay
Baker declares Stubbs the leadoff man. Adds "if it doesn't work I'll change it." #reds

03-11-2011, 09:30 PM
From Mark Sheldon:

The Reds have taken several players from their Minor League camp for Saturday's split-squad game vs. the Cubs in Las Vegas. The team departed for the airport immediately after Friday's game vs. the Rangers. Included on the trip are prospects like shortstop Billy Hamilton and outfielder Juan Duran.

"I try to bring a lot of young guys, let them travel with the big league club, put on big league clothes, and act like big leaguers on the plane," Baker said. "It's a reward to some to go to Vegas for the first time. This will create memories they'll never forget."


03-11-2011, 09:31 PM
Mark Sheldon - No concern about Votto's slow spring

"The first year here, I didn't know what to think," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I liked what I saw in BP. I liked his regular-season stats. It just didn't equate to what I was seeing in Spring Training. It takes him a while to get his timing and zero in on his concentration. I'm not worried about him. I've seen guys every spring kill it in Spring Training, but when they put that third deck on top, wouldn't hit a lick."


03-11-2011, 09:37 PM
Mark Sheldon article on Devin Mesoraco.

Mesoraco is generally quiet and not prone to making a lot of noise or engaging in jocularity. But when he puts on the shin guards, he's comfortable with taking charge of the game and showing leadership.

"From the first time he caught me, I didn't have a problem with it at all, as far as pitch calling and selection," said pitcher Daryl Thompson, who worked with Mesoraco at Double-A, Triple-A and the Arizona Fall League last season. "I like having him back there. He's really improved a whole lot, not saying he was bad before. He's good. He's caught me twice since I've been down here and he's looking good. You can tell he's improved since last year, even after the Fall League. Everything was good. I can't complain about anything."


03-11-2011, 11:12 PM
From Hal McCoy:

DONTRELLE WILLIS is scheduled to pitch three innings Saturday in Mesa against the Cubs and Baker was asked if he planned to use the veteran left-hander in a long relief role.

“Any role,” said Baker. “Right now he is trying to make the club in an any-role situation. We haven’t gotten that far. We don’t know what our sixth starter might be. And the way Dontrelle has gotten his breaking ball over this spring and the way he has gotten left-handers out throughout his career - there are numbers of things he could do if he continues on this path of sucess. I should say his renewed success.”


03-12-2011, 02:18 AM
Joe Lemire of SI on the Reds.


03-12-2011, 01:41 PM
From Jon Heyman:

Dusty baker thinks matt maloney deserves shot at rotation for someone. Tough to beat leake/wood tho. #reds


03-12-2011, 01:48 PM
Paul Daugherty article - Several young Reds on cusp of greatness

It’s the right of every player and fan to dream in March. It’s in the deal we all make with winter. Let Bruce hit 25 homeruns, drive in 100 and win a Gold Glove. Picture Stubbs scoring 100 times. See Cueto and Bailey combine for 25 or 30 wins. Let this be the year.

The dreaming is good for the Reds. Some days, it seems their entire roster is on the cusp of something: Bruce, Stubbs, Cueto, Bailey. Mike Leake, Travis Wood, Aroldis Chapman. Even Edinson Volquez, whose rising sun was eclipsed by injury and suspension.


03-12-2011, 05:03 PM
From Jon Heyman:

Dusty a big fan of #reds catching prospect devin mesoraco. Could see him up sometime this year


03-12-2011, 06:50 PM
Reds' Willis injured against Cubs

Willis was backing up the plate on Bobby Scales' two-run single and may have tripped on a bat in the process. He limped back toward the pitcher's mound, and was taken out of the game before facing another batter.


03-12-2011, 07:47 PM
From Jon Heyman:

Dusty a big fan of #reds catching prospect devin mesoraco. Could see him up sometime this year


My second time watching him this spring today, and he's awfully impressive with the stick. Short quick stroke, lots of natural power. Had hits to left and right.

03-12-2011, 10:11 PM
From John Fay:

Bailey’s biggest concern is his fastball command.

"That’s the probably the most important one," he said. "I threw some good sliders. I had a couple of strikeouts on splits, had a couple of strikeouts on sliders. The curveball was down mostly. I’d rather


03-12-2011, 10:48 PM
Carrie Muskat - Baker focused on Reds, not his time with Cubs

"I'm happy now in my place in life," Baker said. "My family's happy. It's difficult sometimes, being away from home, being away from my family. My son likes it [in Cincinnati] and my wife likes it there. They like it there a lot. At this point in time in my life, I don't need a lot of glitz and glamour, I need a good baseball team and happiness, know what I mean? And winning. I love winning. That's not everything, but it contributes."


03-12-2011, 10:50 PM
Owen Perkins - Phillips making most of Renteria's addition

MESA, Ariz. -- Second baseman Brandon Phillips helped make up one of the strongest Reds infields in history last year, contributing to club records for fielding and earning a Gold Glove along with third baseman Scott Rolen and pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

"We're going to be strong. The infield's going to be good," Phillips said before Saturday's game with the Cubs. "You have the most Gold Gloves other than Brooks Robinson [and Mike Schmidt] at third. Paul Janish is a slick infielder; he might get a Gold Glove. He can get one [at short]. Myself. That's Gold Gloves all over the infield.


03-12-2011, 11:00 PM
Milbnews.com on Dave Sappelt.

Dave Sappelt, Reds: Can you tell yet that I'm on Sappelt's bandwagon? Hell, I'm freaking driving it and you all are coming along for the ride! Sappelt continues to just pummel pitching, so much so that Dusty Baker is already getting creative to find at bats for him (playing DH this afternoon). I've been high on him all season, profiling him in Deep Impacts, ranking him the 19th best OF prospect heading into 2011 and the 94th best prospect overall.

more on Sappelt:

03-13-2011, 04:15 AM
Reds' Cozart locked in at the plate

Reds' Minor League field coordinator Freddie Benavides said Cozart, who batted .340 in the Arizona Fall League despite a hand injury, was knocking on the door of a big league job.

"He's close, definitely," Benavides told MLB.com. "Defensively, he could go up there right now. Of course, he needs Triple-A a little bit and to get some at-bats and mature a little more."


03-13-2011, 04:38 AM
Milbnews.com on Dave Sappelt.

more on Sappelt:

Sappelt was thrown out at third with no outs today when the runner on first didn't move.

He won't be on the MLB roster until he gets smarter on the bases, no matter how he hits.

Ron Madden
03-13-2011, 05:17 AM
The Nationals send Bryce Harper to Single A Hagerstown.


03-13-2011, 09:29 AM
Owen Perkins - Phillips making most of Renteria's addition


Gotta love this part:

The comfort level in the field gives Phillips the luxury of spending the spring focusing on his work at the plate. He's been a steady .275 hitter in five seasons with Cincinnati and is looking to make improvements in his approach with the bat.

"I'm working on just seeing a lot of pitches," Phillips said. "If I strike out, I strike out. It's only spring. But the more pitches I see, the better off, and the more comfortable I'll be during the season. Because if you see a lot of pitches when you're up there, then you'll have more success and you'll know what all the pitchers' pitches look like, instead of just going up there and swinging at the first pitch every time and getting hits."

03-13-2011, 04:22 PM
From John Fay:

Dusty Baker made it sound like Chris Heisey has the team basically made over Fred Lewis and/or Jeremy Hermida as an extra outfielder.

“He was here before,” Baker said. “I know what Heisey can do. I’m trying to use the past and the present to see what the other guys can do. Plus, Heisey can pinch-hit well and we need somebody right-handed, so we don’t have all left-hander like we had a few years ago. Heisey can run. You can put him late for defense. He’s a good outfielder. Out of guys returning from last year, he’s the only guy who play center field, other than Stubbs.”


03-13-2011, 05:19 PM
Fangraphs on Edinson Volquez:

Volquez’s post-surgery stuff was top-shelf. He got swinging strikes 13 percent of the time, best among starting pitchers throwing at least 60 innings and running circles around the 8.5 percent MLB average. According to Pitch F/X data from TexasLeaguers.com, Volquez boasted excellent whiff rates with his fastball (averaging between 93-94 MPH), changeup and curveball:

Fastball: 9 Whiff% (5-6% MLB average)
Changeup: 24.4 Whiff% (12.6% MLB average)
Curveball: 11.8 Whiff% (11.6% MLB average)


03-13-2011, 11:16 PM
I've never been that high on Hesiey - not sure why - he's probably a better OFer than I give him credit, but to me he's one of those I would deal before he's exposed and has little value. I think he's close to peak value right now and would rather have lewis. Hope I'm wrong and he has a breakut season.

Ron Madden
03-14-2011, 06:20 AM
From JFay.


Ron Madden
03-14-2011, 06:39 AM
CBA talks ahead of schedule for MLB, Union.


03-14-2011, 07:42 AM
CBA talks ahead of schedule for MLB, Union.


Refreshing read given the history of labor talks in this sport and given what is going on in the NFL right now. Nice heads up, thanks Ron.

Ron Madden
03-14-2011, 08:46 AM
This might be of interest to some RZ members.

MLB Historian sheds new light on the games origin.


03-14-2011, 12:34 PM
Mark Sheldon - Willis expects to return soon from ankle injury

Willis suffered a sprained ankle Saturday after recording just one out in his outing against the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., but he was walking around on a taped-up ankle Sunday morning at Reds camp, ready to get back on the mound as soon as possible.

"I just rolled it on the bat, that was it," Willis said. "I did it in basketball a couple of times when I had a rebound and came down on someone's foot, so I knew what happened as soon as I did it.


03-14-2011, 12:36 PM
Mark Sheldon - Wood making strong case for Reds rotation

Reds manager Dusty Baker, noting Wood probably shouldn't have allowed any runs because the Reds were unable to turn a double play that would have ended the fourth, likes what he's seen out of the young man from Arkansas.

"He seems unfazed -- you wouldn't know he has just a couple of months in the big leagues, the way he presents himself and goes about his business," Baker said. "He remains motivated and hungry to stay on the course. We're very pleased with Woody. He's probably throwing the ball as well as anybody."


03-14-2011, 12:39 PM
John Schlegel - Janish prepared to step into a starting role

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Roster depth has been a friend to Paul Janish in the past. He's not about to make it a foe as he goes through his first Spring Training projected as the starting shortstop for the Reds.

When the team signed veteran Edgar Renteria this winter to provide depth -- and, sure, some healthy competition -- at the key infield spot, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker made certain Janish knew he was still going to be given the majority of the time at shortstop this spring and, performance willing, into the season.


03-14-2011, 04:26 PM
Maybe this is the right thread for this ESPN fantasy update. Several over/under picks and an Edward Encarnacion mention!

ESPN Fantasy Update (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6206258)

03-15-2011, 03:57 AM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A few chuckles broke out on the field and on the top step of the dugout Monday when lefty fireballer Aroldis Chapman reached high and grabbed a softly sinking pop-up to end the seventh inning against the Rockies.

First baseman Miguel Cairo, who could have made the play, had to back off from the big lefty and cracked a smile. Then, first base coach Billy Hatcher stood with his hand on his hip waiting for Chapman on the top step of the dugout. The two cracked up once Chapman reached the dugout, as Hatcher put out his hand for a glove slap, apparently a gentle reminder that Chapman has friends dressed in red to make those plays.


Ron Madden
03-15-2011, 04:56 AM
Jocketty says Hanigan deserves his new contract.


Ron Madden
03-15-2011, 05:31 AM
Hal McCoy says Chris Heisey has a spot on the Reds bench in 2011.


03-15-2011, 09:57 PM
RHP Edinson Volquez this afternoon started for Class A Bakersfield vs the Diamondbacks (5ip, 2h, 2er, 1bb, 3k).


03-16-2011, 01:39 PM
Nice article by Bob Nightengale.

"I know people don't believe in us," Baker said. "They don't believe in me, either. I hear it all of the time. It doesn't really matter. The only thing that matters is what we think of ourselves. I love this team. It's a good team."

Good enough to win the division again? "The division," Baker said. "The league. Maybe the world."


03-16-2011, 01:44 PM
From Gary Schatz - On yesterday's minor league game.

The most impressive play of the day is the young shortstop, Billy Hamilton, who can flat run.

Juan Duran was in leftfield when one of the Diamondback farmhands hit a fly ball to medium deep left field that was drifting toward the foul line. Duran could not find it in the Arizona high sky with no clouds. Hamilton ran it down from his shortstop position and caught it, diving head first with his back to the infield.

As much baseball I've seen in my lifetime that was as impressive as anything.


03-16-2011, 11:08 PM
From John Fay - LeCure making it tough to decide

“I worked hard this offseason,” he said. “The results have shown up so far. My body feels good. My job was to make their job harder — to figure out who they’re going to take. I’m doing the best I can.”

He’s done that and then some. LeCure, the 26-year-old right-hander, has been as effective as anyone in camp. LeCure has not allowed a run in his four outings. He’s given up six hits over seven innings. He’s walked none and struck out nine.


03-17-2011, 02:12 AM
From Mark Sheldon:

*Jose Arredondo got hit again for the third time in six outings. In the seventh after the Reds tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth, Arredondo gave up a single followed by Alcides Escobar two-run homer to left field.

"He looked OK," Baker said. "One day he looks unhittable and the next minute...he's still coming back. You hate to have to analyze a guy every time he goes out there. We'll just analyze everything at the end of camp."


Ron Madden
03-17-2011, 04:38 AM
Dusty knows the game can be dangerous.


Ron Madden
03-17-2011, 05:15 AM
By Mike Bauman MLB.com Columnist. Last years success raises bar for Reds.


Ron Madden
03-17-2011, 07:26 AM
Ken Griffey Jr says he retired fot the betterment of the Mariners.


03-17-2011, 02:19 PM
Mark Sheldon - Healthy once more, Burton out to impress Reds

"It was just to see if my body recovered from it, or if I still needed it or not, without the stress of playing every day. I felt great," Burton said. "They did a couple of extra tests when we had our physicals this year. I didn't hear anything, so no news is good news."

Burton began last season with a hyperthyroid condition that often left him fatigued and sapped of his energy. However, neither he nor the club knew that at the time, when he didn't make the team out of camp -- nor was it known during a subpar 2009 season. That year, Burton missed some time when asthma was believed to have affected his mechanics and led to right shoulder fatigue.


03-17-2011, 06:26 PM
From John Fay:

Homer Bailey will start a minor league game tomorrow. Sam LeCure is starting the game against the Cubs in Mesa.

“We’ve got two guys falling on the same day,’ Baker said. “(Bailey’s) working on some things. We thought it would be better. We’ll send Corky (Miller) over there to catch him.”


03-17-2011, 08:38 PM
From John Fay:

Manager Dusty Baker would not go that far, in his postgame comments. When asked whether Cincinnati is ready to settle on its Nos. 4-5 starters, Baker replied:

“We’re pretty close. We had an idea coming in, and things are pretty close to where we had thought. We’ll make that call as soon as … we want everybody to get stretched out, and everybody to stay competitive.”


03-17-2011, 08:40 PM
From Mark Sheldon:

*The drumbeat from fans for the Reds to have Dave Sappelt make the club will only grow louder. In his first at-bat in the seventh, Sappelt had a RBI triple to right field. This spring, Sappelt is batting .538 with a team-high tying seven RBIs. Sappelt also leads the club with 14 hits and 24 total bases this spring.


03-17-2011, 10:30 PM
From Mark Sheldon:


Should keep him hungry while he's playing every day in AAA. Nice to have options.

03-18-2011, 12:08 PM
From Hal McCoy:

Leake started Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Indians and held the Tribe scoreless over four innings, giving up three hits and a walk as the Reds won, 5-1.

“That was the Mike Leake that we know,” said manager Dusty Baker. “He had good velocity, very good location and changed speeds well.”


03-18-2011, 12:15 PM
USA Today - New generation of sluggers beginning to emerge

Morgan serves as a special adviser to the Reds. He has gotten a firsthand look at Bruce. "When he's right, he's got a beautiful swing," Morgan says.

Bruce stands tall at the plate, a bit like his idol, Ken Griffey Jr. But Reds manager Dusty Baker isn't going to mention them in the same sentence.

"I don't like to compare players. … I try to let them be themselves," Baker says. "Ever since I was supposed to be the next Hank Aaron, I tell people that. Those shoes got real heavy."


03-18-2011, 12:18 PM
Mark Sheldon article on Nick Masset.

Masset had a 1.29 ERA over his last 48 appearances of the season.

"Since it was so ugly early on, because I gave up so many runs, I think it was just two or three games that exploded," Masset said. "It happens, but my focus was to go out there, throw scoreless innings and get hitters out early. I mainly wanted to keep my team in the game, whether we were winning or losing. I told Dusty I was feeling good. Keep going with me. I just wanted to get out there and prove I could get the job done. If my numbers are better, it means the team's numbers are better."


03-18-2011, 04:39 PM
From John Fay:

RHPs Chad Reineke, Scott Carroll re-assigned to minor league camp. But were none roster invitees. Roster at 43. #reds


03-18-2011, 06:20 PM
I still count 44 guys.

Based on the original 40-man roster and the original non-roster invitees.


03-18-2011, 09:20 PM
I still count 44 guys.

Based on the original 40-man roster and the original non-roster invitees.


The confusion seems to surround minor-league infielder Jefry Sierra. MLB lists him as one of the non-roster invitees. He hasn't been reassigned, but he hasn't really played either -- with only four official at-bats. Not sure what's up with that.

03-18-2011, 09:55 PM
Mark Sheldon article on Todd Frazier:

MESA, Ariz. -- Trying to earn a bench spot on the Reds' 25-man roster, Todd Frazier wasn't just happy that he hit his first home run of the spring on Thursday vs. the Indians.

Frazier was pleased about where the ball went -- to the opposite way and over the right-field fence.

"That's where most of my power is, I think. When I'm going to the opposite field, I know I'm right at the plate for sure," Frazier said on Friday. "Yesterday was something I need to stick with. It's just a matter of being consistent."


03-18-2011, 10:24 PM
Mark Sheldon article on Scott Rolen:

It should be noted that Rolen has not had to skip or be dialed back from any workouts all spring. He's been healthy and doing his full program on the field and off. Don't be surprised, however, to see Baker and the club hedging their bets with roster construction.

"It's almost a necessity to carry a backup third baseman like it is for a backup shortstop," Baker said on Friday. "Whoever that backup third baseman is, I hope they have day vision vs. night vision."


Ron Madden
03-19-2011, 03:46 AM
Time to stretch out the starting eight. Happy B-Day Corky Miller.

From Tom Groeschen.



Ron Madden
03-19-2011, 05:48 AM
From Hal McCoy.


03-19-2011, 04:21 PM
John Fay on Billy Hamilton:

I was out on the back fields watching a little minor league batting practice this morning and heard a great story about Billy Hamilton from Billy Doran, the Reds’ assistant field coordinator.

“We were playing on this field the other day. The left fielder just lost a ball,” Doran said. “Billy took off. We were all like, ‘what’s he doing?’ He caught the ball over his shoulder, about 10 feet from warning track.”


Man I wish I could have seen that. That's some serious range.

03-19-2011, 05:07 PM
From John Fay:

Arredondo is out of options. #Reds had not been listing him. Changes things. But don't be surprised if the Reds use the DL if he's not ready


Ron Madden
03-19-2011, 06:24 PM
Mark Sheldon on Cueto.


Ron Madden
03-20-2011, 10:59 AM
From JFAY.
Mesoraco is Dusty's pick to click.
Cuts coming.


Ron Madden
03-20-2011, 11:03 AM
Here's another article about Mesoraco, this one by Hal McCoy.


Ron Madden
03-20-2011, 11:09 AM
Five Reds prospects you know, Five you don't know.
According to Hal McCoy.


Ron Madden
03-20-2011, 06:46 PM
Johnny Cueto says his elbow and his shoulder feel good.


03-20-2011, 07:05 PM
Aaron Boone is now on twitter, give him a follow @AaronBoone_ESPN...

I have feeling Travis Wood and Homer Bailey are gonna be really good 4 the Reds this yr!


03-20-2011, 09:39 PM
From Mark Sheldon:

*Chris Heisey went 3-for-6 with two RBIs, including a solo homer to left field in the top of the eighth. He was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Heisey is batting .325 (13-for-40) this spring and has hit safely in 9 of his last 12 games. He seems to have all but claimed a reserve outfielder's spot. Heisey started in center field again and despite a throwing error today, has shown that he can play all three spots.


Ron Madden
03-21-2011, 02:41 AM
From John Fay.

Are Reds better than over/under of 85 wins?


Ron Madden
03-21-2011, 06:32 AM
Barry Bonds perjury trial set to begin today.


Ron Madden
03-21-2011, 07:04 AM
The Mets might release Oliver Perez.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/mets/2011/03/the-latest-on-oliver-perez?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nydnrss%2Fblogs%2Fmets+%28Blo gs%2FSurfing+the+Mets%29

Ron Madden
03-21-2011, 07:31 AM
Reds unconcerned with Volquez's tough start.

From Mark Sheldon.


03-21-2011, 12:12 PM
From Mark Sheldon:

No #reds lineup posted yet, but Arroyo is scratched with the flu. Scott Carroll to start today.


03-21-2011, 12:19 PM
The Mets might release Oliver Perez.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/mets/2011/03/the-latest-on-oliver-perez?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nydnrss%2Fblogs%2Fmets+%28Blo gs%2FSurfing+the+Mets%29

Heard this as official on my way to work this a.m. They let Luis Castillo go on Friday and Perez today. They are eating $18M in salary.

03-21-2011, 02:15 PM
From Fay:

Alonso will play left field and first base at Triple-A Louisville.

“He had a good spring offensively,” Baker said. “Cozart is coming quick. It was first time we got a good look at Negron. He really can contribute as utility guy in the future. Frazaier will get off to quick start hopefully. Last year, he got off to a slow start. But he didn’t get the at-bats he got this spring.”

“I think it’s safe that they’ll be part of our club some day,” Jocketty said. “Some sooner than others.”


Ron Madden
03-21-2011, 04:04 PM
From Mark Sheldon.

Cueto shut down with shoulder inflammation.


03-21-2011, 04:36 PM
John Fay - Sappelt sticking around

Sappelt is seeing a glimmer of hope as far as making the club.

“When we first started, I thought they were definitely going to send me down,” he said. “I came out here and I proved myself on a consistent basis. My mistakes have been minimal. My hitting speaks for itself. I’ve been consistently hitting balls off lefties and righties. I think there’s a pretty good shot that I could make it.”


Ron Madden
03-22-2011, 04:14 AM
From JFay.

Johnny Cueto to begin season on DL.


Ron Madden
03-22-2011, 04:52 AM
John Fay on Sappelt, Arroyo and Hanigan.


Ron Madden
03-22-2011, 05:04 AM
Hal McCoy on the starting rotation.


Ron Madden
03-22-2011, 05:29 AM
Reds out for World Championship #6. By Jim Rohrer.


Check out all the great photos.


03-22-2011, 02:11 PM
From Mark Sheldon:

*Ramon Hernandez has been bothered by a sore elbow and will be examined Thursday when Dr. Kremchek is back in town. It wasn't known how much time, if any, Hernandez might miss.

"He's treating it," manager Dusty Baker said. "It just came up. It just happened. It's nothing structural in there. He's having a little trouble getting extended sometimes."


Sheldon also has a list of the remaining players in camp.

03-22-2011, 02:47 PM
From John Fay:

Logan Ondrusek, Jared Burton, Dontrelle Willis, Sam LeCure, Matt Maloney and Jose Arredondo are in the running for the remaining three or four spots. It could go down to the last days.

“You knew that was going to be the case,” Dusty Baker said. “Things have a way of taking care of themselves. Another guy has a chance now that (Johnny) Cueto is down for a while. You knew there would be big competition for those last spots.”


03-22-2011, 03:09 PM
From Hal McCoy - Corky Miller describes all six of the Reds starters:


03-22-2011, 03:20 PM
Another article from Hal on Corky Miller:

He almost quit the game five years ago when Seattle released him in 2006 during the first week of the season.

“I’ve thought about managing - thought about it five years ago, thought about it two years ago,” he said. “I’ve had guys ask me, ‘How long are you going to do this?’ I’ve talked to coaches and managers I’ve played with about it. You never know when it is going to be. Hopefully it isn’t for another couple of years, but you never know.


03-22-2011, 09:53 PM
From Fay - Leake: I felt too good

On a day he looked very bad — 2 1/3 innings, seven runs — Mike Leake said he could not have felt better.

“I felt a little too good today,” he said. “I was just missing a little bit. I wasn’t putting it exactly where I wanted.”


03-23-2011, 12:25 AM
I'd hate to see him when he felt bad.

Ron Madden
03-23-2011, 04:44 AM
Joey Votto finds his stroke as spring training winds down. From Mark Sheldon.


03-23-2011, 06:04 PM
From John Fay - It's Hermida or Lewis

The Reds could bring another bat north until they need a fifth starter. But for the bulk of the year, they’ll likely go with 12 pitchers and 13 positions players. That’s eight regulars and a second catcher and four bench players. Miguel Cairo, Edgar Renteria and Chris Heisey will get three of the spots.

“It comes down to Hermida and Lewis. Hermida has had a better spring,” Dusty Baker said, “Freddie Lewis is one of the better athletes on the team. He hasn’t really demonstrated what we all feel he is capable of doing. We haven’t decided what the solution is yet.”


03-23-2011, 11:21 PM
John Fay on Dontrelle Willis:

Left-hander Dontrelle Willis allowed five run on three hits in one-third of an inning Wednesday. He can’t have any more outings like that if he plans to make the club.

“When he throws strikes, he’s tough,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He’ll get more chances.”


03-24-2011, 02:39 PM
John Fay - Leadoff options

Jay Bruce is in the leadoff spot today. Brandon Phillips was there yesterday. Is there a chance one of them and not Drew Stubbs will be when the season starts?

“There’s a chance,” Baker said. “Brandon’s not in there today. This could happen during the season. You try to simulate different circumstances that could happen during the season.”


03-24-2011, 04:02 PM
From Amy K. Nelson:

saw Miguel Cairo at reds camp. on who impresses him most so far: Travis Wood. "he doesn't throw, he pitches.& has some serious (stones)."

03-24-2011, 05:23 PM
From John Fay - Blog update on Juan Francisco

“In my mind, he’s very important,” Baker said. “You can see the potential and what’s in there. It’s just matter of him — if he can get a good pitch to hit most of the time — he’s going really hit. Most of the time when he’s out, they trick him on bad pitches.

Baker on Francisco: “In my mind, he’s very important.”
“To his credit, he can do damage on some of the bad pitches. It depends on how bad they are. He’s been knocking on the door for a while.”


03-24-2011, 05:24 PM
From Mark Sheldon:

*Ramon Hernandez (sore right elbow) is swinging and throwing comfortably. He will be back in a couple of days. Baker indicated Hernandez could play a minor league game tomorrow.

*Johnny Cueto (shoulder inflammation) has seen his symptoms subside. They are working on a strengthen program now.


03-24-2011, 05:28 PM
From Barry Bloom - As opener nears, Castellini likes look of Reds

Now it's time to take the next step, said Castellini, who was sitting in a luxury box along with general manager Walt Jocketty. They are returning with virtually the same team, leading to that cautious optimism.

"I'd say it's like the year after you got your first big job [in the media]," Castellini said. "You go into your second year and you've done a good job. You've been there and you've done that. You knew that you had arrived. These guys [on the field] have been there, done that. They're maturing."


03-24-2011, 10:52 PM
"I felt good," Wood said. "I just got in trouble that third inning there. I ended up giving up a grand slam. That hurts, but we were able to battle back as a team.

"I feel like I'm ready for the season. I got stretched out pretty good. My pitches seem to be working pretty good. So, I'll pitch every fifth day and get ready the other four. I'll go out and give it everything I've got."


03-24-2011, 10:54 PM
From Mark Sheldon:

*Bullpen candidate Jose Arredondo had another rough day. In the five-run eighth inning, Arredondo allowed five earned runs, four hits with one walk, one wild pitch and one strikeout. His spring ERA is 16.20. Because he's still trying to find his way back from Tommy John surgery, it's possible he could begin the year on the DL, which would help the Reds since he's out of options.

"Arredondo is still inconsistent," Baker said. "He'll throw a heck of a breaking ball and hang one. He'll throw a fastball low and away and then get one out over the plate. It shows me he's not quite there yet."


03-24-2011, 10:59 PM
From Mark Sheldon - Chapman ready to take next step in '11

"I think the little experience I had last year and what has happened so far here has got me more experience," said Chapman through his interpreter, Tomas Vera. "I definitely feel more confident. I've been able to work better on the field. Since Spring Training started, I've been feeling better and better every day. ... Yes, I feel ready. Like everybody else, we are ready to start the season now."


Also of note, Tomas Vera has been promoted to the Reds training staff.

03-24-2011, 11:21 PM
National Attention! And the good kind :)

Gammons: Reds Most Favorite To Win Their Division (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110324&content_id=17096556&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb&partnerId=rss_mlb)

03-25-2011, 11:15 AM
National Attention! And the good kind :)

Gammons: Reds Most Favorite To Win Their Division (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110324&content_id=17096556&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb&partnerId=rss_mlb)

Tim Wood? Really Peter?

03-25-2011, 11:18 AM
National Attention! And the good kind :)

Gammons: Reds Most Favorite To Win Their Division (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110324&content_id=17096556&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb&partnerId=rss_mlb)
I was just about to post this after hearing Gammons say it on Sporting News Radio this morning. :thumbup:

Gammons' interview on the front page at http://sportingnewsradio.com/ with the mention of the Reds starting about 1:30.

03-25-2011, 12:54 PM
From John Fay:

HERNANDEZ UPDATE: Dr. Tim Kremchek examined catcher Ramon Hernandez's sore right elbow Thursday and cleared him to play.

Hernandez is scheduled to catch Edinson Volquez today.


03-25-2011, 02:16 PM
John Fay - Rolen scratched from lineup

Scott Rolen was in the lineup. But he scratched. His elbow is pretty swollen around the spot he was hit by a pitch yesterday.

“He’s day-to-day,” Dusty Baker said. “He probably won’t be in there tomorrow.”


03-25-2011, 02:18 PM
John Fay - Arroyo tested for Valley fever

Bronson Arroyo said he feels ready to go after yesterday’s 87-pitch outing. But he still is dealing with a lingering cough. He went through some blood tests yesterday and had chest x-ray. He’s awaiting the results.

“They want to rule out Valley fever,” he said.


03-25-2011, 03:03 PM
From Hal McCoy:

CHAPMAN speaks little English and displays none of it in front of the media. His translator is Tomas Vera, who was the team trainer for the Class AAA Louisville Bats.

The Reds promoted Vera this week to be an assistant trainer in Cincinnati, a nice gesture. The Reds already have an assistant trainer in Steve Baumann, but it is clear Vera is there more to be a live-in constant companion to Chapman more than to treat cuts and bruises.


03-25-2011, 03:52 PM
Hernandez scratched from lineup, still hurting according to John Fay:

Hernandez is still dealing with an elbow issue. Getting treatment. #reds


03-25-2011, 04:00 PM
From Yahoo:

Even Reds manager Dusty Baker, who has spent his life in the game both as a player and manager, praises the young outfielder. He compares Sappelt to one of the stars who played in Baker's era.

"His swing is similarly short to like Bill Madlock," Baker said. "He doesn't overswing. He's very under control and real short to the ball."


03-25-2011, 04:11 PM
From USA Today:

But Baker was especially pleased he didn't have to tinker with opening-day starter Edinson Volquez. The 27-year-old doesn't qualify as an ace — yet — but Baker thinks he's the most ready in a young rotation to take the next step toward elite pitcher, just as the team is trying to prove it belongs among the National League's elite.


03-25-2011, 07:20 PM
Billings Gazette Q & A with Chris Heisey.


03-27-2011, 10:47 AM
From John Fay:

“In the case of Devin and Sappelt, they were non-roster,” Baker said.

“They’ve got a chance to come back if something happens. They impressed us. They impressed scouts on other teams I’m sure. Hey, they got a lot of at-bats. Mesoraco got more than any catcher here. Sappelt got more than anybody else. I was explaining to him you should feel fortunate to get that many.”


03-27-2011, 05:28 PM
From Mark Sheldon - Lewis' injury could open door for Francisco

That could pave the way for third-base prospect Juan Francisco to make the 25-man roster. Francisco played right field in a Minor League game on Saturday and got the start at first base on Sunday in a big league game. Plus, the Reds are concerned about having protection in the infield.

"We've got a situation where we might need Francisco to back up [Scott] Rolen, especially with cold weather," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We're trying to get Scotty and [Edgar] Renteria and these guys through the cold weather.


03-28-2011, 02:53 PM
John Fay - Sappelt in Reds plans

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- It's a small consolation prize, Dave Sappelt probably played his way into the Reds' not-too-distant plans.

The outfielder was the best hitter in camp. He hit .564 with a .571 on-base percentage and a .974 slugging percentage over 39 at-bats. He was 4-for-6 as a pinch-hitter.


03-28-2011, 06:27 PM
Mark Sheldon - Meticulous Stowe caters to Reds' comfort

"It is a mad rush to get ready for Opening Day," said Stowe, who began formally working for the Reds in 1981. But he's been a clubhouse staple in Cincinnati most of his life since his father, Bernie, ran the clubhouse for decades.

It all starts in the early days of Spring Training, long before the makeup of the Reds' final 25-man roster is known.

With 54 players in camp this spring, Stowe has to be ready to outfit each player -- just in case -- and tend to each of their needs.


03-29-2011, 12:54 PM
From Mark Sheldon:

*OF Chris Heisey extended his team lead with a fifth homer this spring in the seventh inning during his only at-bat. Other than Dave Sappelt, Heisey has been the Reds best hitter in camp. Heisey is batting .354 (17-for-48) and also leads the club with 13 RBIs. He came in with a .702 slugging percentage in the previous 22 games.

“Heisey is going to come up big before it’s over with,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s going to play. Everybody plays on my team. We’ll get him in there. There aren’t many people like Heisey that can play all three outfield positions, play them well and hit and run.”


03-29-2011, 01:22 PM
John Fay's last blog post from Arizona:

One of the big surprises of camp was Juan Francisco making the club. I know he strikes out too much and walks too little. But the kid seems to hit the ball hard in big situations. I am not sure the Reds him in left field with the game on the line, however. He looked better at third. But the gap between him Scott Rolen is as wide as that canyon, just north of here.

Sports Illustrated picked the Reds to win the NL Central with 89 wins, then losing to San Francisco Giants in the first round. I’ve said all along that I think the Reds will 90 to 92 games.


03-29-2011, 02:15 PM
John Fay article on Paul Janish.

Baker thinks Janish is underrated.

"He's better than most people think," Baker said. "A lot of guys come in and have to learn to hit. I'm not saying he's going to be as good but Ozzie Smith, Larry Bowa, Dave Concepcion had to come in and learn how to hit."

Defensively, Janish is top-rate. He's good enough that the Reds, who finished second in the National League in defense last year, think they will be better defensively.


03-29-2011, 04:44 PM
From MLB.com...

While no one expects Bruce to follow this career path step-for-step and ascend the mountains Bonds was peering from, it is still fun, interesting and hopefully at least a little enlightening to look at each player's first three years and wonder what we might see from Bruce over the next few seasons. And even if Bruce continues his progress and maintains his space a step behind Bonds' development and statistical resume, the Reds would be getting one heck of a ballplayer.


03-29-2011, 05:15 PM
Travis Wood this afternoon went 1ip, 2k, 10 pitches vs Class AA Huntsville. Will start Game 2 Saturday vs Brewers.


03-29-2011, 05:18 PM
Travis Wood this afternoon went 1ip, 2k, 10 pitches vs Class AA Huntsville. Will start Game 2 Saturday vs Brewers.


I just tweated back, why such a short outing?

03-29-2011, 05:28 PM
I just tweated back, why such a short outing?

That's all he was Scheduled to go. Not sure why only one but that's all
he was scheduled to pitch.

03-29-2011, 06:10 PM
From the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers:

On a sun-baked day in the Arizona desert, the #Reds' Bronson Arroyo looked very good for 6 1-3 innings. So much for mono/Valley Fever.

And, by the way, the #Reds' Ryan Hanigan is the best No. 2 catcher in the majors. This is a deep team. GM Walt Jocketty must feel good.


03-29-2011, 06:16 PM
Billings Gazette Q & A with Travis Wood.


03-29-2011, 06:51 PM
OBM- Thanks for the updates all spring. This thread has been greatly appreciated by me.

03-29-2011, 06:55 PM
Same here. This thread and the picture threads are must reading for me. Greatly appreciated.

03-29-2011, 07:50 PM
No problem, I enjoy doing it.

John Fay - Brandon Phillips grateful to be a Cincinnati Red

"I love it here," he said. "They took me in and gave me a second chance. They gave me a contract. They really invested money in me. I feel like I did a great job giving it back to them. I’m ready for more. I love it here. I love the fans."

Phillips is in the last year of his four-year, $27 million contract. The club holds a $12 million option for 2012 with $1 million buyout. The small-market reality is this: While Phillips is an extremely valuable player, the Reds have to look at value versus cost.


03-29-2011, 07:51 PM
thanks from me too OBM

03-29-2011, 08:15 PM
As always, thanks OBM.

03-29-2011, 08:28 PM
Thanks OBM and Ron Madden too.

03-29-2011, 09:21 PM
Yeah thanks for the updates guys, it's much appreciated.

03-29-2011, 09:25 PM
My thanks to OBM and the rest. Great work again this year!


03-30-2011, 12:00 AM
My thanks to OBM and the rest. Great work again this year!


Danny Serafini
03-30-2011, 12:54 AM
OBM does a wonderful job each year on this.

Ron Madden
03-30-2011, 06:27 AM
Baseball-the sport of the Internet: By Ken Rosenthal


Chip R
03-30-2011, 10:55 AM
Thanks for all the work, guys. It is very much appreciated.

03-30-2011, 12:43 PM
Thanks guys...I enjoy doing this.

Five questions with Johnny Bench


03-30-2011, 03:20 PM
From Brad Johansen:

Jared Burton has no structural damage in the arm and he will not go on the dl.#reds

Hernandez says that his elbow is fine & will start tomorrow behind the plate .#reds


03-30-2011, 06:04 PM
Juan Francisco switched to #25 per Jamie Ramsey.

After days and days of deliberation, I've decided to hand over my jersey number to Juan Francisco. He's now #25.


03-30-2011, 11:49 PM
Juan Francisco switched to #25 per Jamie Ramsey.

After days and days of deliberation, I've decided to hand over my jersey number to Juan Francisco. He's now #25.

That's disappointing.

03-31-2011, 01:38 AM
Pics from today's workout:


Ron Madden
03-31-2011, 05:08 AM
It's Opening Day!

This is from Paul Daugherty.