Here is the Reds Hot Stove League show recap for 2-17-09. Thom and Chris Welch were the hosts tonight at the Reds HOF and Museum.
Thom said that Welch and Grande were the longest serving TV broadcasters in the majors. They talked about EE signing. They said that Walt hates to go to arbitration and it's a good deal since it will buy out his arbitration years. Thom said that he's the man on the spot now with the fans because they will expect more from him. Welch said he thought he'd flourish under Dusty but was inconsistant and he's still young. Thom said he's a hard worker and is always at the park early taking extra fielding and hitting.
Thom said that the Nuxhall and HOF exhibits at the HOF are ending at the end of the month. In it's place will be an exhibit called Crosley Field remembered. The lobby will look like Crosley Field.
A question was asked about the Reds chances for the postseason. Thom is excited and said our pitching is as good as the Cubs. Welch said we won't miss Dunn and Jr.
Smeone asked about the LF spot. Welch said Dickerson looks like a linebacker with the extra muscle and he's probably got the inside track.
Another person said that the Reds need to improve their bining. Thom said that's true and Dusty will bunt a lot this year. Welch said Brandon has to step up against teams in the division. He said the Reds need to be better against RH pitching especially with Dunn and Jr. gone.