by Brian Dill
Posted In: baseball
at 09:28 AM | Permalink
With Opening Day fast approaching, you now have 225 million reasons to go watch the Reds this year. Bob Castellini opened up the checkbook and Walt Jocketty busted out his best persuasive vocabulary and Joey Votto accepted; to the tune of a 10-year, $225 million contract extension — the fourth largest in major league history. Reds ownership — unlike our dear friend, Mike Brown — has embraced the recent successes of their young nucleus of talented players and has spared no expense to keep the "Little Big Red Machine" well-oiled. Votto joins fellow all-star Jay Bruce, who signed a six-year, $51 million deal after the 2010 season. It’s nice to see a professional sports owner in Cincinnati who actually loves the sport and is in it for the right reasons.The Reds will have plenty of offensive talent this year, something that really has not been a problem over the past couple of seasons. Any lingering doubt has to relate to the recent injuries that have plagued the bullpen. Ryan Madson is out for the year after Tommy John surgery while Nick Masset will start the season on the DL with shoulder cuff inflammation. This means that Aroldis Chapman will start in the bullpen even though most Reds fans — and manager, Dusty Baker — know his services would be better used as a starter. Sean Marshall will step in to the closer role until the Reds have more depth in the bullpen; he isn’t a bad option and has consistently kept a low ERA in a relief role.One thing hasn’t changed, the Reds still play in Great American Ballpark and they have an abundance of young, strong bats in the lineup. Between Votto, Bruce, Todd Frazier and Chris Heisey, expect the Reds to be amongst the league-leaders in home runs. Drew Stubbs will hit some too, but if he could take a little constructive criticism to heart: Please, learn to bunt. This will be a key in the Reds venture for success this year.If Stubbs can get on base, he is going to steal — there are very few players in the majors that have his kind of speed. If the bats behind Stubbs perform up to expectations, the Reds will score more than enough runs to support the pitching staff. And the single most important key to success this year is battling through injuries; if the young guys can step in and compete there is no reason the Reds won’t win the division — after all, we do have the best first baseman, if not player, in the National League.The Reds will open their season against the Miami Marlins at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday following the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. For more celebration of Opening Day, check out C. Trent Rosecrans' column from this week's CityBeat here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Much of the offseason optimism for the
Reds was dashed this weekend when it was announced that closer Ryan
Madson would require Tommy John surgery on his right arm and miss the
season. But it’s spring, the sun is out, every team (in the National
League at least) is undefeated and now is not the time for doom. No, now
is the time for optimism.
by Danny Cross
Posted In: baseball
at 12:51 PM | Permalink
and catchers reported to the Reds’ spring training facility in
Goodyear, Ariz., over the weekend, which means we are only days away
from hearing about how awesome the team’s dudes are looking or how
quickly they get hurt and have to sit out, leaving us to wonder if
they’ll be ready by Opening Day. (March baseball involves a lot of
Reds will open camp with one of the most talented rosters they’ve
had in the last 15 years, as General Manager Walt Jocketty added
considerable muscle to the pitching staff during the offseason. New
Reds to keep an eye on include:
pitcher Mat Latos, who is expected to be the team’s No. 2 behind
Marshall, one of baseball’s best left-handed relievers last season;
Ryan Madson, who the Reds picked up late in the offseason in a
team-friendly one-year deal.
first two mentioned, Latos and Marshall, were acquired via trade of
prospects, which demonstrates a dedication by Reds’ management to
make a run at another division title (and perhaps more) during the
final two years of former MVP Joey Votto’s contract. (See CityBeat
sports columnist C. Trent Rosecrans’ Jan. 24 take in “Reds
Try to Win Now Without Breaking the Bank.”)
the offseason speculation will give way to preseason hype, as young,
no-name guys start hitting .400 during practice games and veterans
post high ERAs because they’re practicing specific pitches instead
of trying to get everyone out. There will be tons of reports from
Goodyear, such as “Bob Castellini Talks Reds, Baseball" and “Roster
we know it, we will have casually followed weeks of the Reds playing America’s
summer game in sunny Arizona, which will distract us from the fact
that we still have at least another month of crappy weather before we
can enjoy the unofficial start of springtime and Reds’ Opening Day
on April 5.
then, enjoy the pretend summertime in the highlights and mass influx
of information from the team’s month-long practice session. And if
you need even more sports speculation, trade rumors and contract
talk, here’s a sweet site dedicated to re-reporting everything it
can find on your favorite team: mlbtraderumors.com.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Following in the footsteps of Frank
Robinson, Josh Hamilton could forever be the one who got away from the
Reds. But the reason Hamilton was deemed expendable (wrongly, in
retrospect) keeps popping up, while Robinson’s exile is still a mystery.
1 Comment · Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I had done it a thousand times. Jumped in
their car, drove through the tunnel, turned right out of it and then
right into the underground parking lot. I did it for those who arrived
late, or those who didn’t want to deal with the fans.
by Danny Cross
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Conservatives are angry about something, so The Enquirer told one of its few remaining staffers to spend a couple hours searching for quotes on conservative blogs. Maybe it's because reporter Carl Weiser included in his preview of Jerry Springer coming to town a list of Springer's upcoming show topics, as if they have any relevance to voter suppression and GOP election laws.
1 Comment · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Maybe it's easier to stand up for principle when you're retiring in a few weeks, but the Republican U.S. senator from Cleveland has never been afraid to buck his party, when needed. Now George Voinovich is calling out skittish President Obama and dogmatic GOP lawmakers for their deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone — including millionaires and billionaires — for the next two years.
2 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Watching Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes squirm and contort the reasoning about his double-dipping plans during the past week has been supremely entertaining to anyone who's followed his political career closely. A former radio disc jockey, Rhodes has always had a flair for showmanship.
Cincinnati's major sports programs look surprisingly solid for 2010
0 Comments · Monday, March 29, 2010
April is the perfect time to assess Cincinnati's sports landscape. Not only does baseball begin in April, but the NFL draft takes place, leading to summer workouts and eventually training camp. College basketball practice begins during football season, then the regular season spans the winter months and brings us all the way back around to March Madness. So let's see where the city's five major sports programs stand.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2010
It's difficult to resist the urge to tell Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, "I told ya so." Portune made a big deal a few weeks ago of his teaming up with his colleague, County Commissioner Greg Hartmann, to devise a solution for the looming deficits in the county's stadium account. Much like President Obama at the national level, Portune was enamored of his bipartisan approach to the problem.