Barry Larkin chimes in on the new ownership.
Good story about the Hutch Award ceremony. Johnny Bench was the key speaker.
This was included in an article about team's double play combinations.
"Reds: The Reds are set at shortstop with Felipe Lopez, who hit .291 with 23 home runs and 85 RBIs with a .352 on-base percentage. The 25-year-old earned an invitation to the All-Star Game and collected a Silver Slugger Award while also rankong first among National League shortstops in homers, RBIs and extra-base hits.
Second base is another matter for the Reds.
Tony Womack, Ryan Freel, Rich Aurilia and possibly Ray Olmedo will all be getting frequent opportunities to play second base at Spring Training for Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron.
In what turned out to be his final trade as Reds general manager before being dismissed, Dan O'Brien acquired Womack from the Yankees for two Minor Leaguers in December. Cincinnati assumed much of the 36-year-old's $2 million salary from the final year of a two-year contract. Already having Freel in the fold, the club re-signed Aurilia to a one-year, $1.3 million contract in January.
Womack will be trying to rebuild his resume following a poor 2005 with New York. He batted just .249 with 15 RBIs in 108 games in his one season there and lost his starting job to rookie Cano. Although not an on-base percentage guy with a lifetime .316 mark, his OBP was just .276 last season.
Freel batted .271 with three home runs and 21 RBIs and in 103 games last season. The speedster also stole 36 bases despite missing 39 games because of injuries. Two seasons ago, he played in a career-high 143 games.
Aurilia, who is also an option at third base if young Edwin Encarnacion shows he's not ready for the everyday job, batted .282 with 14 home runs and 68 RBIs in 114 games last season. He made 64 starts at second base in 2005. Olmedo played in only 54 games with Cincinnati last season and batted .221. He missed a lot of time recovering from 2004 Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The 24-year-old had a strong showing playing winter ball in Venezuela, which could help set him to fight for a bench role this spring. "