Found January 11, 2012 on Reds Minor Leagues: has up an interview with Donald Lutz. Here was my favorite part from the interview: Who were your favorite team and player growing up and why?: It’s pretty funny because I didn’t get into baseball until I was 15, so I grew up without the sport. I played ice hockey and European handball for 8 years, so I didn’t have any favorite teams or players. By the time I started I still hadn’t really seen any big leaguers because they don’t show baseball here in Germany on TV’s. All I did was go on and watch the highlights every day. After a while I liked Big Papi because he was a big power hitting lefty and I liked his swing. It really is just so different in Europe than other parts of the world when it comes to baseball. While Lutz is a bit older, this is why I don’t put as much into it as with other guys…. he didn’t grow up playing at all. John Sickels is now done with his Top 20 (or more) prospects for each team. He is still in the process of adjusting some grades,...

Source: Reds agree to deal with Madson

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to sign closer Ryan Madson pending a physical examination, a major league source confirmed to Madson likely will be the Reds closer, after saving 32 games with a 2.37 ERA for the Phillies last year. Philadelphia replaced Madson early in the free-agent period by signing Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, 50 million contract. Madson effectively...

Reds Legend Was Almost a Met

On his third try, Barry Larkin made it into the Hall of Fame with more than 86% of the vote Monday afternoon.For those of you under a rock, Larkin was a fixture for the Cincinnati Reds. Dude help the team win the 1990 World Series, was the first shortstop in baseball history with 30 steals and 30 home runs in a season and, in 1995, brought home the National League MVP award.All...

Barry Larkin elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Barry Larkins life changed on Monday afternoon. Forever. Hell never be the same and thats in nothing but a good way. Before Monday, before he was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Larkin was known as former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin or former star shortstop Barry Larkin. Now, every time his name is mentioned, there are three words in front of his name: Hall of...

Barry Larkin Gets Call to the Hall

Next stop? Cooperstown. The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced its election results for the 2012 class today and one lifelong Cincinnatian and Red comprised it -- Barry Larkin. Larkin received a nod of approval from 86% of the BBWAA voters to get in on just his third year on the ballot. He came up short in his first year (51.6%) and again in his second (62.1%) after...

Why Francisco Cordero Doesn’t Have A Job

This off-season, Major League teams forced a quality group of proven closers into a game of musical chairs. There were too many guys with ninth inning experience on the market and not enough jobs to go around, which directly led to Ryan Madson‘s decision to take the last available closer’s job by signing a one year deal with Cincinnati. Madson’s move to the Reds likely closed...

Ex-Reds great Larkin elected to Hall of Fame

Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop and current ESPN analyst Barry Larkin was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, getting 86.4 percent of the vote by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Jocketty's retooling is the right plan for Reds

Walt Jocketty has been criticized for trading five prospects in deals to land Sean Marshall and Mat Latos, but the Reds GM made the right decision to push for the 2012 NL Central title.

Former Reds star Larkin elected to Hall of Fame

The late Ron Santo has company: As expected, Cincinnati Reds shortstop great Barry Larkin was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday.

Source: Reds sign ex-Phillie Madson for 1 year

The Cincinnati Reds have signed former Phillies closer Ryan Madson to a one-year deal, according to a source.

AP source: Reds, Madson reach $8.5M, 1-year deal

Free-agent closer Ryan Madson and the Cincinnati Reds reached an oral agreement on an $8.5 million, one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

On Barry Larkin

Barry Larkin (Chad Dotson/Redleg Nation)***Warning: I’m gonna ramble a bit here.*** On Monday, my favorite baseball player was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I’ve been thinking about Barry Larkin a lot these last few days. If you’ve read Redleg Nation for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m one of these gooey, Field of Dreams-type baseball fans. In...
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