Found February 15, 2013 on
I'm back just to comment on a few things surrounding Reds baseball over the past few weeks. I did this at the end of last month too and called it Playing Pepper. As I work out what name I'll continue to use for these types of posts, I'm going to call it "Touching Base" today. You know, because that's what you do in baseball sometimes and it also means to cover things. Anyways, news isn't just popping up all over the place these days, but there are a few noteworthy stories that have come out recently and I intend to make you read my opinion on such things.
In case you haven't noticed, baseball is back. Pitchers and catchers reported at the beginning of the week and everyone else should be in Arizona by now. Everyone will be wearing new hats for spring training and batting practice. For the record I love the inclusion of Mr. Redlegs on the hat. I do not like the black hat. If I had my way, it would not exist, and black would not be a primary color ...
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Shin-Soo Choo, the Reds biggest off-season acquisition, reported to camp yesterday and was tailed by 25 members of the South Korean media.
They followed his every move — from the batting cages for early work to outfield practice to batting practice on the field. Most of the contingent will spend five days in Goodyear. During the season, however, only one reporter follows Choo....
Reds fans probably thought they had seen the last of Miguel Cairo last season. However, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that "Miggy" will stay on as a member of the organization and join the baseball operations staff as a special assistant to the general manager.
Cairo will be in camp tomorrow. He’ll work as an instructor with major leagues and minor...
From FOX Sports Ohio....
CINCINNATI, OH – FOX Sports Ohio today announced its 145-game Cincinnati Reds television schedule for 2013. The Reds regular season begins with their home opener on Monday, April 1st at 4pm against the LA Angels at Great American Ball Park. The entire schedule is below.
The network will kick off its coverage of the home opener at 3pm with a special...
The Reds avoided having to go to an arbitration hearing for the first time in nine years after inking Homer Bailey to a one-year deal worth $5.35 million, the team announced on Saturday.
Bailey originally filed for $5.8 million while the club countered at $4.75 million. As usual in these arbitration cases, the two sides worked out a settlement and found a common middle ground...
Drew Hayes came into 2012 after a dominating year out of the Dayton Dragons bullpen where he worked as the closer on most nights. With Dayton he saved 22 games while posting a 1.35 ERA in 60 innings with 27 walks and 89 strikeouts. The Reds held him and a few others back from promotions during 2011 to try and keep the team together for a strong run. To make up for that, they pushed...
The Cincinnati Reds and Homer Bailey have avoided arbitration. The two have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The amount isn’t available yet, but Bailey asked for $5.8 million, while the Reds offered $4.75 million. It’s likely somewhere between there.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said it was toughest year he’s ever had as far as arbitration.
Baseball is in the air, folks. Hallelujah.
+ CincinnatiMagazine.com has an in-depth look at the "complicated life" of Reds southpaw Aroldis Chapman. The piece includes insight on Chapman's performance on the field, his off-the-field issues, and his defection from Cuba. It really is an interesting read and I would recommend the article to any baseball fan in general...
Not that it should be surprising, but Mark Sheldon says that Tony Cingrani will be used as a starter in spring training. I like what Dusty had to say about it though, as it is something that has been repeated when it comes to Cingrani’s future. The one thing that does stick out about this though, is that Cingrani won’t be looked at in any way as a potential lefty out of the bullpen...
The Associated Press Reds first baseman Joey Votto says his knee feels fine and he's decided to go ahead and play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.
Votto got the last spot on Canada's team, but wanted to waited to see how his left knee felt after a couple weeks of spring training before making a commitment. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage last season, and...
Reds first baseman Joey Votto will go ahead and play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, pleased with the way his knee has handled the first two weeks of spring training.
Votto got the last spot on Canada's team, but wanted to waited to see how his left knee felt before making a commitment. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage last season, missed 48 games and wasn&...
by: Dan Howard
In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love…..and heavily thinks about BASEBALL, especially if he’s one of the millions of people who play fantasy baseball. With sincere apologies to Lord Tennyson, it’s not my intention to wax poetic, but hey, Spring Training is here!
There are a lot of unanswered questions going...
Johnny Cueto has established himself as a staff ace. You can look at his declining ERAs if you’d like — 4.81, 4.41, 3.64, 2.31, 2.78 — but that gives the impression that either Cueto was worse last year than 2011 or, at best, had plateaued.Take a look at his FIPs and you’ll see Cueto has improved every year, even last year — 4.90, 4.69, 3.97, 3.45, 3.27. Last year Cueto...
Long-time Major Leaguer Miguel Cairo has retired. The former infielder has decided to call it quits without walking away from baseball entirely. He has accepted a job with the Cincinnati Reds' front office which will allow him to stay close to the game.
According to a tweet from the Reds organization, Cairo will join the front office as a special assistant.
The impossible finally happened. Miguel Cairo retired. Cairo hung on for 17 seasons — he made his debut the season after Mariano Rivera. One would be hard-pressed to find one season in which he was much good. His highest seasonal WAR came in 1998 with the good ol’ Devil Rays at 2.7, and that was mostly due to 22 Total Zone fielding runs. That season and 1999 were the only seasons...
It gets lost in the shuffle sometimes just how important of a Cardinal Scott Rolen was. And with his career perhaps coming to a close this week, it’s a ripe time to take a look at why. Perhaps it’s because it ended on such a dismissive note that what he represented in St. Louis at such a high point in the franchise’s history.
How will he be remembered? Overall, he’ll stand...