per Marty on the broadcast today.
per Marty on the broadcast today.
The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.
Well, as someone mentioned earlier in the Bob Howsam thread....bad things come in threes and unfortunetly, here's the third.
What a sad offseason it's been.
"Strickland Propane... Taste the meat, not the heat." - Hank Hill
Very sad news indeed.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
He was a giant in the business
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
~ Mark Twain
Fay has this on his blog.
From the Reds:
Chief Bender died today at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio. He was 88 years old.
Sheldon “Chief” Bender, director of the Reds farm system from 1967 to 1989, retired from baseball in 2005 after spending 64 years in the game as a player, manager and executive. The last 39 of those years came as a member of the Reds front office working in scouting and player development. Under Bender’s leadership, the farm system produced many future stars, including Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion, Ken Griffey Sr., Don Gullett, Mario Soto, Ron Oester, Tom Browning, Paul O’Neill, Chris Sabo, Eric Davis, and Barry Larkin. In honor of his contributions, the Reds renamed their minor league player of the year award the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award in 2002.
Another sad day for the Reds organization.
...And this one belongs to the Reds!!
Things like this are a bit depressing, kinda.
When I was growing up, The Big Red Machine was THE team.
Of course, I knew the players - but at the time, I didn't know or appreciate the front office. I don't believe I grasped the importance of Howsman until his second time around.
At that time, I heard Bender's name mentioned quite a bit during the games by Marty and Joe - but, even at that older stage, I did not understand the importance of player development - in fact, I did not fully appreciate it until he had left the team.
Of course, now I know the names, and know their legacies. And it depresses me a bit to know the architects of that team from the '70s I thought would be around forever are dying.
Very sad to hear that. That's three great Reds we've lost since the middle of November.
So is it the end of an era?
Wow. One after another. What a horrible offseason in that sense for this organization
Besides Ken Griffey, Sr. "Chief" was my absolute favorite person to be around in the game. Him and those polyester pants. What a GREAT human being. He will be sorely missed.
Cedric 3/24/08It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
GREAT man and incredibly nice and willing to talk baseball at any time. I was lucky to get to know Mr. Bender a bit where I work and he was incredibly open and willing to talk about baseball.
A little story about how nice Chief was. I told him a story about how my fiancee got to meet Griffey Jr at Kings Island and how nice Griffey was. He took a picture with my fiancee and sister and took a few minutes with them. Chief offered to have it signed by Griffey and two weeks later he pops in the pharmacy and drops it off.
Incredible guy and someone I'll miss.
This is the time. The real Reds organization is back.
Sounds like a good man, and the professional resume speaks for itself. Hopefully we will not have to see these kinds of threads for a while. Rest in Peace Chief.