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Faster than you can say "Edgar Renteria wasn't already retired?"...the 2010 World Series MVP officially called it quits Thursday. Unable to find a time to play for for the second straight year, Renteria told a television station in his native Colombia that he wants to spend more time with his family.  Yup...that old ruse. "I always wanted Colombia to know before the rest of the world. This is my official retirement," the 37-year-old told RCN Television, in comments translated by "I feel proud, I feel satisfied with what I did, my heart is telling me that's enough and it's time to retire. You have to know when to retire and that's why I took a year and a half to rest and think about what I was going to do. This is the right time." The five-time All-Star last played in the Majors in 2011, when he hit .251 in 96 games for the Cincinnati Reds. All jokes aside, Renteria was actually an incredibly efficient shortstop during his 16 years in the bigs.  For his career, he brought home two Gold Glove, hit .286 with 2327 base knocks and 1200 runs scored. Oh, and let's not forget those game-winning World Series hits.  In 1997, he hit a walk-off single to give the then-Florida Marlins their first world championship over the Cleveland Indians.  And in 2010, he belted a home run off Cliff Lee to give the San Francisco Giants the World Series victory over the Texas Rangers. Coincidentally, Renteria made the final out of the 2004 World Series while with the St. Louis Cardinals...but we won't talk about that.

In brief: Cueto, Prior, Leake, and Chapman

Last Game It appears that the Reds’ offense has woken up for the season. I say that just because the Reds have scored 46 runs in their last six games. The 9 they added to that total last night against the A’s, though, still weren’t enough due to the giving up of 10 runs. The pitchers may still be a little groggy yet. Johnny Cueto had a rough time of it. He gave up 5 runs ...

Daugherty says Aroldis Chapman will remain in Reds bullpen

Have you heard the news? According to Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are expected to announce today that Aroldis Chapman will remain the closer. I repeat. Aroldis Chapman will be the Reds closer in 2013. He is no longer expected to work his way into the starting rotation. Daugherty clearly announces his displeasure with this decision, wondering what the Reds...

Aroldis Chapman will officially remain as Reds closer

It's decided: Leake in rotation, Chapman to be closer #reds — Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) March 22, 2013 Jocketty: There was no big in-house debate. #reds #cincienquirer — John Fay (@johnfayman) March 22, 2013 As you can see above from the tweets of the esteemed Reds beat writers, Aroldis Chapman will officially be the Reds closer in 2013 and according to John Fay...

Aroldis Chapman will return to Reds bullpen

Aroldis Chapman never seemed comfortable as he worked innings as a starting pitcher this spring. The Cincinnati Reds will move the 25-year-old back to their bullpen. Cincinnati dropped more than $30 million on the left-handed Champan in January of 2010. At that time Chapman was seen as a front of the rotation starter for years, instead he has developed as one of the best shutdo ...

Phillips gave Victorino interesting gift

Reds second basemen Brandon Phillips and Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino recently played alongside each other in the World Baseball Classic for Team USA. Apparently, the two have become pretty good pals after Victorino tweeted out the above picture of a pair of red Christian Louboutin sneakers that Phillips gave him as a gift. As you can see, the size 6.5 shoes actually...

Reds abandon plan to start Aroldis Chapman, shift him back to bullpen

The Cincinnati Reds have abandoned their plan to start Aroldis Chapman, and will be moving him back to the bullpen for the 2013 season. Early in the offseason, the Reds announced their plan to start Chapman this spring, and seemingly reinforced that decision by giving free agent closer Jonathan Broxton a three-year, $21 million deal. Now, the Reds have backpedaled on their plan...

Friday afternoon news and notes

Jason Parks has up the Reds top 10 Prospects at Baseball Prospectus. That marks the final Reds prospect list that will be worth watching of the “offseason”. Parks is known to be a “ceiling” guy for the most part, and his list has the usual names. Here is his top 10. CF Billy Hamilton RHP Robert Stephenson LHP Tony Cingrani RHP Daniel Corcino RHP Nick Travieso LHP Ismael...

Reds are moving Aroldis Chapman back to closer

Someone in the Reds organization is severely confused. After making a point all offseason that Aroldis Chapman would be given a chance in the starting rotation, it has officially been announced the Chapman will be back in the closer’s role for 2013, according to the Cincinnati Inquirer. That might just be the best place for him, as he’s clearly proven to be dominant in that role...

Aroldis Chapman moved back to bullpen for Cincinnati Reds

The Aroldis Chapman experiment is officially over. The fireball pitcher will be moved back into the bullpen, becoming the Cincinnati Reds closer once again. The Reds experimented this Spring Training to see if Chapman could fill a starting role with the Reds. The left hander that hits triple digits on radar guns struggled this spring  as a starting pitcher and now will assume the...

Report: Aroldis Chapman Expected to Move Back to Reds’ Bullpen to Serve as Team’s Closer

One of the biggest — yet best — dilemmas in baseball this offseason resides in Cincinnati, and it looks as if the Reds have come to a decision. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, barring any last minute changes, the Reds are expected to announce that Aroldis Chapman will move back to the bullpen and serve as the team’s closer. This news seems to end months of debate about...

Chapman stays as closer

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds say closer Aroldis Chapman will remain in that role. The Reds set their rotation on Friday and Chapman isn't included. He came to camp with the possibility of becoming a starter, but will stay in the bullpen for the NL Central champions. Johnny Cueto will start on opening day at home against the Los Angeles Angels on April 1. He will...

Chapman to the bullpen best for the Reds

They made a movie about Aroldis Chapmans early baseball life when he was only a one-year-old. It was called Major League, about a closer named Ricky Wild Thing Vaughn, but they put him in the wrong Ohio city (Cleveland instead of Cincinnati) and they cast a short right-hander (Charlie Sheen) as the closer instead of a tall left-hander. Even Sheen, a baseball fan who roots only for...

Athletics 10, Reds 9

Derek Norris homered as the Oakland Athletics roughed up Johnny Cueto and beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-9 Thursday. Cueto allowed five runs on five hits and two walks in 1 2-3 inning. Mark Prior, trying to make another comeback, pitched a scoreless inning for the Reds. He struck out one and hit a batter. A's starter Brett Anderson pitched for the first time in a game since March...

Not So Fast!

A report Thursday indicated that contrary to previous opinion, Aroldis Chapman would resume his role as closer in 2013 instead of moving to the rotation. That triggered a reaction from the Reds who denied that a final decision had been made. Within the past week Chapman made a comment indicating that he would prefer to continue protecting ninth inning leads.
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