Found March 15, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
Mets_valdez_warms_e2c1
TEMPE, Ariz. When Wilson Valdez says, "I'll play anywhere," he sounds like that old Hank SnowWillie Nelson song: "I've Been Everywhere." On a baseball field, Valdez has been everywhere. When you ask most players what they play, they answer with pitcher or catcher or infielder or outfielder. You ask Valdez what he play and he says, "Baseball." And he means it. By trade he was signed as a shortstop, but he has also played second base, third base and all three outfield spots. And that's not all. You want him to pitch? He'll do that, too, and did it. Last May 25, the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies played a game deep into the night, long after the beer vendors went home from Citizens Bank Ball Park. Valdez started the game at second base but by the time the 19th inning rolled around Phillies manager Charlie Manuel's bullpen cupboard was as bare as Old Mother Hubbard's kitchen cupboard. Who do you call? Wilson Valdez....
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Ryan Madson almost healthy

Remember how awesome it was when the Cincinnati Reds shocked the off-season baseball world by signing Ryan Madson as their closer? That was pretty cool. You know what would be even cooler? Having Madson actually pitch in a game. Madson has made no appearances in games so far this Spring Training, thanks to pain he felt in his elbow during his first bullpen throwing session. “It’s...

Miller sees promise in Reds' rotation

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Unless something dastardly happens to catchers Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan, fans aren't likely to see much of catcher Corky Miller this year. That doesn't minimize his importance or his contributions to the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff during spring training and over the course of the long, long season. Miller, 36, is one of the most beloved players...

Halos turn away punchless Reds, 3-1

Tempe, Arizona -- Cincinnati's trip to Tempe ended in defeat as the host Angels (7-5) turned away the Reds (5-9-1) by a score of 3-1 on Thursday. Both clubs trotted out their aces in this one and the box score reflects exactly that -- the game featured very little offense. Here's the good, the bad and the notables from the exhibition contest: The Good: - Johnny Cueto...

Six Reds players have their alma mater in NCAA Tourney

Many consider March Madness to be the best time of the year. In fact, the wild upsets, crazy buzzer beaters, busted brackets, and large office pools practically make this weekend an unofficial national holiday. Of the many things running through my mind today there were two in particular that aided in the creation of this post. The first involved Reds baseball and the second...

RLW Episode 03 – Happy Pi Day

We’re back and better than ever here on Redleg Weekly! Happy Pi Day everyone, 3.14. What are the Reds going to do with Paul Janish? Todd Frazier? Who is this Denis Phipps guy we keep hearing about? Also if you do subscribe and listen to us on iTunes we would certainly appreciate if you would leave a review! In this week’s show: Denis Who? Can you get behind Spring Training? Do...

Latos pitches 4 scoreless innings for Reds

Matt Latos threw four scoreless innings and Drew Stubbs hit his first home run of the spring to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Friday night. Latos allowed two singles and struck out three. Stubbs hit a three-run homer off Alex White in the Reds' four-run second. Stubbs hit 22 home runs in 2010, but had only 15 last season and set a team record with...

2012 predictions: Top Newcomer

This post marks no. 5 in our 8-day series featuring predicitions for the upcoming season. GM Walt Jocketty and the Reds were as aggressive as ever this winter adding mutiple notable players via trade or free agency. While the club hopes all of these acquisitions make a positive impact, only one can stand out as the Reds' Top Newcomer of 2012. Here's a look at our selections...

OMG! It’s Bronson Arroyo with a banana!

There are so many … [visit site to read more]

Chapman throws three innings in Reds' loss

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Aroldis Chapman pitched more than two innings in a big league game for the first time, allowing one run over three innings of the Cincinnati Reds' 9-4 loss to a San Diego Padres in a game between split squads Wednesday. Chapman revived a split-finger fastball while allowing four hits, including a homer to Andy Parrino. The Cuban defector is being converted...

Fantasy Forecast: Cincinnati Reds

Author: Andrew SwansonThe 2010 season was full of numerous surprises, one of which was the breakout season of the Cincinnati Reds. As a team comprised of budding stars and a young pitching staff, few writers and media pendants believed the team had enough pitching to beat the Cardinals for the NL Central crown.Prior to last season’s playoff push, the Reds were thought of as a...

Reds get back on track versus Rockies

by: Matt BollmanStaff Writer The Reds (6-9-1) faced off in a late eastern time zone start against the Rockies (7-7) on Friday night. Mat Latos took the ball matched up against Colorado's Alex White. Cincy got back to their winning ways by knocking off the Rockies by a tally of 4-3. Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from tonight's game: The...

Who has less range: Carlos Lee or a LEGO man?

On the one hand, the LEGO man has his feet actually stuck to little pegs on the ground. On the other hand, even a LEGO man could cover left field in Houston. The Reds have <a href="http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ticketing/group_theme_dates.jsp?loc=legokidsfest&partnerId=ed-5668276-253887226" title="Reds and LEGO together at last" ... [visit site to read more]

Cactus roundup: Chapman goes 3 innings

PADRES (SS) 9, REDS (SS) 4 GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Aroldis Chapman pitched more than two innings in a big league game for the first time, allowing one run over three innings of the Reds' loss. Chapman revived a split-finger fastball while allowing four hits, including a homer to Andy Parrino. The Cuban defector is being converted into a starting pitcher and he is competing...

Kershaw, Dodgers show no mercy

Goodyear, Arizona -- As if dropping an exhibition game against the Padres earlier in the day wasn't enough, the Reds (5-8-1) dropped another split-squad contest on Wednesday night, a 9-1 defeat to the hands of Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers (7-2). Here's the (little) good, the bad and a few notables from late last night: The Good:- The team managed to avoid being shutout...

Get your weekend off right

If you're having trouble getting through the last day of the work week this ought to help. And if you've already made it to the weekend I commend you. Reward yourself by watching this short, 2012 preview video of the Reds.
MLB 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.