Found January 13, 2012 on Redlegs Review:
Today marks day two of our series highlighting current MLBers who hail from hometowns located in (or near) Reds country. As we continue our quest to assemble the best 25-man roster possible, we now turn out attention toward the bullpen. In case you didn't get a chance to view yesterday's initial post, here is some info to help better detail what we're trying to accomplish here: The main goal in making this squad is to only choose players who come from within the geographical reach of Cincinnati, but without crossing too much into the regions of other MLB franchises (sincere apologies to the Indians, Cardinals, Pirates, Orioles, or Braves if I did). The following is the general criteria I used when assembling the roster: **The player(s) must currently be active in the MLB ranks **The player(s) must have either been born, raised, attended high school or attended a university in any of the following states: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Virgini...

Sizing Up the Reds Potential '12 Bullpen

Bray and the rest of the Reds bullpen will strike fear in the hearts of many a batter. With the announced signing of Ryan Madson (although a contract is yet to be formalized), the Reds have all but formulated their bullpen for the upcoming 2012 season. What at one time looked to be a certain weakness going into the season, with the departure of Francisco Cordero, and the plans...

What Should The Reds Do With Left Field?

The Reds entered the off-season with two possible paths forward: 1. Trade Joey Votto for a bushel of young players and accept a consolidation while breaking in the foundation of their next core group of everyday players. 2. Trade some of those young players for roster upgrades in an effort to win while they have Votto under contract. They choose the second path, shipping Yonder...

New 21-25 Top Prospects

With the Reds trading away Alonso, Grandal, Boxberger, Torreyes and Sappelt the Reds lost 5 of their Top 25 prospects in my rankings. Here are the new guys ranked #21-25 now that those guys have departed (For full scouting reports on these guys and about 85 more guys, click on that link above and buy the 2012 (Reds) Prospect Guide): 21.  Donnie Joseph – LHP – 23 years old –...

More on Ryan Madson

David Schoenfield, over at ESPN’s SweetSpot, agrees with us about the newest Red, Ryan Madson; it’s a great pickup for the Redlegs: Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty may be too old to do a backflip, but he may be attempting one right now. This is how you build a good team in a small market with a limited budget: Sign one of the better closers in the game for a one...

Reds Notes: Baker, Left Fielders, Smith, Larkin

Some news items out of the Queen City... Dusty Baker is only signed through 2012 and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer isn't sure Baker will be back even if the Reds reach the postseason, noting that the club is high on Triple-A manager David Bell.  Fay also addresses several other Reds-related questions from his Twitter followers in this mailbag piece. "We'...

Left Field

What should the Reds do with left field? That’s the glaring hole that remains on this roster; well, at least, it’s the biggest hole. That question precisely is the focus of this piece by Dave Cameron. We all like Chris Heisey, but Cameron points out why the Reds need to be looking for an upgrade: They’ve done well so far, but while the roster is almost done, they still have...

Could Francisco Cordero Make Sense for Phils?

With Ryan Madson in Cincinnati, Francisco Cordero remains the only healthy, available closer in a market that opened the winter with 13 savers looking for 15 jobs.The 36-year-old Cordero manned the ninth for the Reds from 2008-11, saving 38 games per season with a 2.96 ERA. His WHIP with Cincy was a mediocre 1.30 and his ratio of strikeouts-per-nine (7.6) to walks-per-nine (4.1)...

Liscio's Bakery Temporarily Screwed

Ryan Madson's signing with Cincinnati leaves Liscio's Bakery without a face for their advertising campaign. Or does it? Those business savvy Italians were quick to ink Hunter "Good game, let's go eat" Pence to take over for Mad Dog. Suddenly I'm starving for a cannoli.

MLB: How will Hall of Fame Voters Treat the Class of 2013

Before former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin’s Hall of Fame plaque could be ordered on Monday talk had already turned to the 2013 class of eligible players but for all the wrong reasons. Between 1984 and 2007 the names Biggio, Piazza, Bonds, Schilling, Sosa, and Clemens were synonymous with greatness. There was also a period of time when a few of these names were linked...

Liscio's Bakery Has New Face

Ryan Madson's signing with Cincinnati leaves Liscio's Bakery without a face for their advertising campaign. Or does it? Those business savvy Italians were quick to ink Hunter "Good game, let's go eat" Pence to take over for Mad Dog. Suddenly I'm starving for a cannoli.

The Latest News, Notes & Links

Happy Saturday everyone. I hope you're keeping nice and toasty wherever you may be. Here's the latest news, notes and links coming out of Reds camp -- and believe me there's a lot of it: **The Reds attempted to add more bullpen depth today with the announced signings of lefties Ron Mahay and Clay Zavada. Both players were inked to minor league contracts with an...

Tom Verducci: As Ryan Madson learned, teams are limiting payouts to closers

As the postseason showed, guys who can save games in the ninth inning aren't hard to find, which is just one reason why closers aren't valued as highly as before, writes Tom Verducci.

Thanks for the Memories

A few days ago, upon hearing of Larkin’s election to the Hall of Fame, I asked the other guys here to share a cherished Larkin memory or two.  I thought it would be nice to share them with the rest of the Nation. I’ll start with mine: This is pretty random, but I remember right after Larkin had retired, he mentioned that Bowden had tried to get him to play for the Nationals...
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