Found February 22, 2014 on Fox Sports Ohio:
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Jumbo Diaz covered the mound, he covered the mound. When a coach told him to haul his butt somewhere he had to make two trips. It is difficult to imagine a baseball player weighing 347 pounds, but that was the case Jose Diaz. When he showed up in camp last year it is surprising somebody didn't say, "The Cincinnati Bengals don't train here." Did somebody say 347 pounds? Yes, 347 pounds. Diaz will display the proof. He not-so-proudly fishes a photograph out of his locker and shows it. It is from the 2012 season and he is on the mound wearing a Class AAA Indianapolis Indians uniform. He is delivering a pitch and the stomach hanging over his belt looks like the Cliffs of Dover. They listed him at 316 pounds at Class AAA Louisville last year, but they were being kind and generous. He admits they shorted him 31 pounds, a few dozen milkshakes and cupcakes shy of his true weight. And there were reports that he touched 400 pounds at one point in the ...

Jonathan Broxton's bones are stronger than steel drill bits, apparently

One look at Jonathan Broxton is all it takes to realize that the Reds reliever is a mountain of man. His listed height and weight of 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, respectively, serves as further confirmation of his massiveness.Despite the fact that Broxton is built like a brick house, he's prone to injury just like the rest of us, and that's what happened when he tore a flexor...

Cuban defector Brayan Pena works for dream of playing with Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Brayan Pena says with a smile, "I am so proud to be an American," he means it from the depths of his being. To say becoming an American citizen caused pain to him and his family is a massive understatement. Pena was 16 and playing for the Cuban Junior team in Venezuela in 1998 when he decided to defect because he wanted to pursue his dream of playing...

What Homer Bailey’s contract means for the Reds

The Cincinnati Reds signed Homer Bailey to a six-year, $105 million contract on Thursday, avoiding arbitration. Bailey decided to make a deal with the club because of the winning culture surrounding the team. Early in the offseason, he talked to new manager Bryan Price and told him he wants to be part of a team that is winning divisions and going deep into the playoffs on a consistent...

Cactus League preview: Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds' latest case of deja vu in 2013 proved the final straw, as the team's third first-round exit from the postseason in four years led to a change in leadership. Having shown Dusty Baker the door, the Reds come to spring training this year with a new manager for the first time since 2008 and familiar hopes of getting over the postseason hump in 2014. Bryan...

C Pena gives Reds a Cuban connection

Brayan Pena was hoping to wind up in Cincinnati someday. The 32-year-old catcher signed with the Reds in the offseason to be the backup for Devin Mesoraco, who moves into the starting role. Pena got a two-year deal for $2,275,000. ''The tradition and talent that this team has made this a great place for me,'' Pena said. ''I have been trying to sign here...

The Reds are on the television

If you’re unlike me and can’t wait to see what the 2014 Cincinnati Reds are going to look like on the field, then the MLB Network is the place you’ll want to tune into. The network announced they’ll be carrying 11 games during Spring Training, five of them tape-delayed. I temporarily turned off my DirecTV during the off-season, and it won’t start up again until the middle...

Friday's Reds notes: Cueto honing English skills, Latos recovering nicely, 'Porkopolitans,' and more

+ It was reported yesterday by Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans that MLB Network was scheduled to televise nine Reds games this spring. That's since been changed to 11. So hooray for more games!+ Rosecrans' colleague, John Fay, notes that Bryan Price liked what he saw from top pitching prospects Robert Stephenson and Michael Lorenzen during the first day of...

Speedy Billy Hamilton takes over Reds leadoff spot

Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is a very impatient person. He eats fast, talks fast and likes to get places without wasting any time. He's made it to the top of Cincinnati's lineup after only 13 steals in the majors. The 23-year-old outfielder will get a chance to play center field and bat leadoff this season, taking over Shin-Soo Choo's spot. Hamilton is doing it after...

Joey Votto wants Reds fans to get to know him better

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted a link to an interesting video about Joey Votto earlier tonight. (If you can’t watch the video through Twitter, this link should work.) In the two minute-long video, Votto talks about how many Reds fans have the wrong idea about him. He attributes this to his workmanlike demeanor and to a “skewed perspective” from writers, which...

Reds ready to run like the wind in 2014?

                                  'The Reds haven't been known as a particularly aggressive team in years past when it comes to baserunning, but that could soon change under the tutelage of new manager Bryan Price.Simply put, Price says he wants his players to take more advantage of opportunities on the bases, especially as it pertains to flat out stealing...

Bryan Price wants Reds to run more

The Cincinnati Reds finished tied for 11th in the National League with 67 stolen bases last season. That was the franchise’s lowest total since 1971, when the Reds stole 59 bases as a team and Pete Rose led the way with 13. Joe Morgan arrived and Bobby Tolan returned from injury the following year and combined for 100 steals as a tandem, and a whole new mindset took root in Cincinnati...

Looking at the future: Cincinnati Reds Shortstops

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Spring training introduction demo: Robert Stephenson

A quick introduction to Cincinnati Reds pitcher Robert Stephenson for spring training 2014.

Match-Up Analysis: Tribe vs Reds 2014

Normally, individual match-ups between Spring Training teams are less important to a team than their actual players performances, but the Indians have grown a slight rivalry with the Reds since they started playing at the same stadium during Spring Training. Not only do the two teams share the facilities in Goodyear, but they play against each other more than they play any other...
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