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    Baseball is Back: Pitchers and Catchers Report Today!

    http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/...=.jsp&c_id=cin

    CINCINNATI -- New managerial regimes, six in fact, have come and gone for the Reds during this decade. But none of them matched the buzz and anticipation for the arrival of skipper No. 7.
    That would be Dusty Baker. Hired in October, Baker has been charged with the heavy responsibility of getting the Reds back to winning. There hasn't been a winning baseball season in Cincinnati since 2000.

    The quest to contend formally begins on Saturday with the arrival of pitchers and catchers to Spring Training at Sarasota, Fla.

    "You have to prepare yourself mentally in order to get ready physically because it's a long, long race," Baker said recently. "There are some ups and downs."

    A total of 34 pitchers and seven catchers will hold their first workout Sunday afternoon upon the completion of physicals. Position players are slated to report on Tuesday, which will bring the overall headcount to 62. The first full-squad workout is slated for Wednesday.

    Several Reds didn't wait for Saturday to get started. Several are already in camp, including top prospects Jay Bruce and Joey Votto, outfielder Ryan Freel and pitchers Todd Coffey, Jeremy Affeldt, Bill Bray and Jared Burton.

    For Baker, this will be his first real look at his new players since his hiring. For Reds fans that attend the workouts, this will be their first look at the man they hope can bring stability after years of losing.

    The 58-year-old Baker, a three-time National League Manager of the Year, is familiar with winning. He has 14 seasons of managerial experience with the Giants (1993-2002) and Cubs (2003-06), with his teams finishing first or second nine times and enjoying five 90-win seasons.

    The opening of camp will also open a few subplots over the makeup of the final 25-man roster.

    The rotation has Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo and a lot of unanswered questions. The final three spots are up for grabs among six young pitchers -- Matt Belisle, Affeldt, Homer Bailey, Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto and Matt Maloney.

    It's possible the Reds aren't done trying to tweak the rotation with reinforcements. The club is persistently rumored to be seeking a trade for A's right-hander Joe Blanton. Several other veteran starters remain on the free-agent market without a team as well.

    General manager Wayne Krivsky hasn't been afraid to deal during camp. Two springs ago, he acquired Arroyo from the Red Sox for outfielder Wily Mo Pena when the rotation needed help.

    Bruce, baseball's best Minor League prospect, will be in big league camp for the first time and is sure to attract a lot of attention. The 20-year-old will be seeking to become Cincinnati's regular center fielder but will have to compete for the spot with Freel and Norris Hopper.

    The first workout will mark the debut of new closer Francisco Cordero in a Reds uniform. In November, Cordero was signed to a four-year, $46 million contract with a $12 million club option for a fifth year. The right-hander, who saved 44 of 51 games for the Brewers last season, is expected to help stabilize the National League's worst bullpen of 2007.

    While David Weathers and Burton are expected to assume the eighth inning setup duties, several relievers will be vying for the other spots in the middle and late innings.

    Camp Dusty is open for business, let the roster battles begin.
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    Re: Baseball is Back: Pitchers and Catchers Report Today!

    Soon hundreds of fans will gather to watch games that feature ballplayers struggling to get into shape, and young men who have no business being in the Majors, or as the Kansas City Royals call it: July.
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    Re: Baseball is Back: Pitchers and Catchers Report Today!

    If the Reds first official workout was televised live, would you watch it?
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    Yes. Yes I would. Without question.

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    Hell yeah I would. I'd watch Castro take batting practice at this point.
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    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by blumj View Post
    If the Reds first official workout was televised live, would you watch it?
    I'd schedule my day around it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redsfan30 View Post
    I'd schedule my day around it.
    I second this motion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    Hell yeah I would. I'd watch Castro take batting practice at this point.
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    Code:
    Angels		Feb. 14	Tempe, Ariz.
    Astros		Feb. 13	Kissimmee, Fla.
    Athletics	Feb. 13	Phoenix, Ariz.
    Blue Jays	Feb. 15	Dunedin, Fla.
    Braves		Feb. 14	Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
    Brewers		Feb. 16	Phoenix, Ariz.
    Cardinals	Feb. 14	Jupiter, Fla.
    Cubs		Feb. 13	Mesa, Ariz.
    Diamondbacks	Feb. 15	Tucson, Ariz.
    Dodgers		Feb. 14	Vero Beach, Fla.
    Giants		Feb. 13	Scottsdale, Ariz.
    Indians		Feb. 13	Winter Haven, Fla.
    Mariners	Feb. 13	Peoria, Ariz.
    Marlins		Feb. 17	Jupiter, Fla.
    Mets		Feb. 15	Port St. Lucie, Fla.
    Nationals	Feb. 16	Viera, Fla.
    Orioles		Feb. 13	Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
    Padres		Feb. 14	Peoria, Ariz.
    Phillies	Feb. 13	Clearwater, Fla.
    Pirates		Feb. 14	Bradenton, Fla.
    Rangers		Feb. 14	Surprise, Ariz.
    Rays		Feb. 14	St. Petersburg, Fla.
    Reds		Feb. 16	Sarasota, Fla.
    Red Sox		Feb. 15	Ft. Myers, Fla.
    Rockies		Feb. 15	Tucson, Ariz.
    Royals		Feb. 13	Surprise, Ariz.
    Tigers		Feb. 14	Lakeland, Fla.
    Twins		Feb. 17	Ft. Myers, Fla.
    White Sox	Feb. 15	Tucson, Ariz.
    Yankees		Feb. 14	Tampa, Fla.

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    Re: Baseball is Back: Pitchers and Catchers Report Today!

    11 days until the first ST game....and Jay Bruce's first at bat in a Reds uniform....



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    Re: Baseball is Back: Pitchers and Catchers Report Today!

    Haven't some of his minor league teams been called the Reds?

    ::devils advocate::
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Re: Baseball is Back: Pitchers and Catchers Report Today!

    First picture!

    Quote Originally Posted by PuffyPig View Post
    Let's face it, you mis-hit the bun with the mustard squirter, no one will really care.

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    Re: Baseball is Back: Pitchers and Catchers Report Today!

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt700wlw View Post
    11 days until the first ST game....and Jay Bruce's first at bat in a Reds uniform....


    Not true. He played in a ST game last year.

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    Re: Baseball is Back: Pitchers and Catchers Report Today!

    He did?

    I must have missed that day...

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    Re: Baseball is Back: Pitchers and Catchers Report Today!

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt700wlw View Post
    He did?

    I must have missed that day...
    You must have missed five days.

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