Found February 26, 2013 on Fox Sports Ohio:
PEORIA, Ariz. Jack Hannahan heard the talk from afar, but one never knows if the grass is greener on the other side until you climb over the fence.Hannahan made the climb as a free agent and while his move was within the same state, from Cleveland to Cincinnati, he found a whole new baseball world.The 33-year-old infielder isnt saying the Cleveland was a stalag or a gulag, but what he has seen so far with the Cincinnati Reds has been everything he was told and more.You never know what you are getting into until you go to another organization, he said after stops in Detroit, Boston, Oakland, Seattle and Cleveland. It has been everything I expected. When you look at this team from afar, you see a team that won 97 games and made the playoffs last year.Then you get in the clubhouse and you quickly realize why, he said. This is just a great group of guys. They all pull for each other and this team works as hard as any group Ive ever seen on the field, in the weight room, everywhere.Hannahan has been a role player for most of his four years in the majors and for a role player the American League isnt the ideal venue. And all of his previous five teams were in the American League.With the designated hitter, role players dont get used much, said Reds manager Dusty Baker. They dont pinch-hit much, they dont double switch, so unless a guy starts a game he most likely isnt going to play. Hell get to play here.So coming to the Reds as a role player is a resurrection for Hannahan, who somehow found enough good weather in his native St. Paul, Minn., to become a baseball player rather than a ski jumper or snow boarder. He attended the Univeristy of Minneosta, where he was Big Ten Player of the Year in 2000 after hitting 15 home runs and batting .372, mostly with numb fingers. Then he was drafted in the third round of the 2001 draft by the Detroit Tigers.The National League has always been appealing to me and my agent and I tried to get to this league two years ago before I signed with Cleveland, but it didnt work out, he said. For a player like myself who moves around, the National League is right up my alley. Finally, it worked out.Hannahan signed a two-year 2 million deal with a 4 million club option for 2015 with a 2 million buyout.And for Baker, who uses everybody and uses them a lot, Hannahan will play. Right now it is as a backup at third base for Todd Frazier and a backup at first base for Joey Votto. But he has played all four infield spots, including shortstop, making him the ideal handyman.Ive played short and Ive played second, he said. Im comfortable at all of them. It will be just a matter of taking a lot of ground balls to get the feel again. It is just going out and playing baseball.What appealed to Hannahan most, other than getting out of the American League, was the prospect of playing in the postseason.I had four other teams come after me and it came down to finding the team I believed was going to win and have a chance to go to the postseason. Thats something I always wanted to do and this seems like the right place, Hannahan added.And he is ready to scrape his spikes at any position Baker places him to help achieve that goal.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Votto hits first home run since June 24

It’s only Spring Training, but yesterday Joey Votto hit his first home run in a baseball game since June 24. That was two knee surgeries and one disappointing playoff appearance ago, in case you were counting. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s video of the shot from the press box is below. This is just great to see, and it has nothing to do with the Reds winning their first game of...

Reds place nine players in USA Today top 200 player rankings

Good news, fantasy baseball lovers. The folks at USA TODAY Sports now have a special issue on sale to help you navigate successfully through your league fantasy draft. They have gone through the trouble of ranking the top 200 players in the game so you don't have to. Apparently, USA TODAY Sports really likes the outlook for the Reds. Cincinnati placed NINE players in the top...

Spring training game 3: Reds 0, Indians 3

The Reds wrapped up their first spring training series yesterday when they lost to the Indians. In fact, it’s been three losses in a row to the Indians to start off this training season, but yesterday’s was special in that the other two were slugfests in which the Reds just happened to be behind when the innings ran out. Still, with 20 runs scored in the first 3 games, the Reds...

What can be expected from Ryan Ludwick this season?

Some people weren't too thrilled when the Reds signed Ryan Ludwick to a one-year deal prior to the 2012 season. The veteran's numbers had declined steadily since his 2008 All-Star campaign with St. Louis, a campaign in which smashed 37 homers, batted .299, and drove in 113 runs, to the point he hit only .237 with a .310 on-base percentage during the 2011 season. To be fair...

Cozart happy to be batting 7th for Cincinnati

GOODYEAR, Ariz. Zack Cozart knew he wasnt a leadoff hitter. Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker knew Zack Cozart wasnt a leadoff hitter. Heck, even Gapper, the team mascot, knew Zack Cozart wasnt a leadoff hitter. It isnt a job a most major league rookies can do, especially one without the true tools a leadoff hitter needs. As Plato wrote, Necessity, the mother of invention. ...

A preseason preview of the Reds infield

By: Jon Davis Staff Writer Today we breakdown the Cincinnati Reds infield group as we enter the 2013 season. Going into the 2013 season, the Reds infield is quite possibly the strongest group. Normally, when you lose a guy like Scott Rolen there are questions about who fills the void, but with the emergence of Todd Frazier there are no longer any questions...

Tuesday news and notes

The Reds are back on the winning side of things as they picked up their first win of the spring. Derrick Robinson was the only minor leaguer to rack up a hit as he went 1-2 in the game. On the mound Ismael Guillon threw a hitless inning with 2 walks and a strikeout. Curtis Partch allowed 2 unearned runs in 2 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Mark Serrano struck out 2 in a scoreless...

Fantasy Preview: Cincinnati Reds

After a fantastic regular season carried by reliable starting pitching, an injury to Johnny Cueto that knocked him out of the NLDS contributed to a painful collapse against the Giants. Cueto's injury forced Mike Leake into action in Game 4, where the Reds held a 2-1 lead in the series, and Leake subsequently got torched. The added component was that Mat Latos and not Cueto was...

Reds reading material for the early week

The Reds essentially got swept by the Indians this weekend after dropping all three games to their in-state rivals at Goodyear Ballpark. This has caused some fans to hit the panic button, while the more realistic fans take the losses for what they really are: meaningless. We will get a better idea of how this team really looks once late-March and early-April rolls around. But for...

Brewers pitchers can't stop Reds' Votto

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Joey Votto relished his long-awaited chance to circle the bases. Votto hit a two-run homer, an encouraging sign that he's progressing in his recovery from knee surgery that robbed him of his power last season, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the split-squad Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Monday. Votto didn't homer after June 24 last season because of the injury...

From international ball to the Major Leagues

By Ryan GorceyOriginally published at Cincy Hardball GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Apart from serving as the lone major international baseball competition since the sports ouster from the Olympics, one of the main goals of the World Baseball Classic since its inception has been to foster the worldwide growth of baseball, to get young people in countries across the globe to pick up a glove and...

What kind of season can be expected from Shin-Shoo Choo?

The most pressing need entering this past offseason for the reigning National League Division champs was a reliable leadoff hitter. Cincinnati's production out of the leadoff slot in 2012 was absolutely horrendous. The Reds ranked dead last in all of baseball in average (.208), on-base percentage (.254), RBI (38), stolen bases (10), and OPS (.581). This led to a decrease in RBI...
Reds News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.