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Reds Minor Leagues:
All players should be in camp at this point. Earlier this week I looked at the pitching side of things, which is a lot more interesting than the position player side of things where there aren’t really any jobs open for the taking as the Reds are only replacing two players from the division winning team from 2012. Shin-Soo Choo will take over in the outfield, whether or not he winds up in center or right the three outfielders will be Choo, Bruce and Ludwick. At third base, taking over for Scott Rolen will be Todd Frazier. Everyone else should be, assuming health, playing exactly where they were last season for the big league squad. Still, there will likely be injuries that take place during the season and the Reds will need to call guys up. So what these guys do in spring training could be what determines if they are even in the discussion when a situation arises and Dusty Baker and Walt Jocketty need to discuss who to bring up. A strong impression in spring could stick with Dusty, ...
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Reds ace Johnny Cueto won't be participating in the World Baseball Classic this year. However, it certainly won't be due to a lack of desire.
The team reportedly exercised their right to prevent Cueto from playing because he ended last season with an injury. Major League Baseball has a provision in place that allows franchises to do just that. Cincinnati's decision...
It took a while, but Joey Votto has finally decided to be on the roster for Canada’s World Baseball Classic team.
That does not mean he will definitely play.
“As far as playing, I’m going to have to wait until the day before to decide,” Votto said.
Good. He better stay healthy and uninjured, otherwise there will be serious repercussions for America’s hat.
As for the other...
Last week, Scott Rolen announced that he would not be returning to the Cincinnati Reds for the start of the 2013 season.
“Right now I’m simply not ready to make a commitment. I would like to leave my options open, without closing any doors. I am looking forward to all of the challenges, both personally and professionally, I will face in the future.”
The statement is the definition...
The ESPN Baseball Tonight crew made a stop in Goodyear, Ariz. on Tuesday to feature our beloved Redlegs. Watch as Jon Sciambi, Tim Kurkjian, and former Reds third basemen Aaron Boone voice their opinion on a variety of hot topics including Aroldis Chapman's move from the bullpen to the rotation, what newly-acquired outfielder Shin-Soo Choo brings to the team, and the status of...
Is he a starter? Is he a reliever? Is he even human?
These are all questions being asked by fans and media alike this winter when discussing Reds southpaw Aroldis Chapman. Okay, so that last one may be a bit of an exaggeration, but anyone who can throw a 100 MPH fastball with the relative ease as Chapman does warrants such super-human and/or immortal consideration. Enough of...
The first season for Mat Latos in Cincinnati was by all means a successful one.
The right-hander was as good as advertised last season en route to posting a 14-4 record and 3.48 ERA in a career-high 33 starts. There were initial concerns on how Latos would handle the transition from pitching in spacious PETCO Park to the hitter's paradise known as Great American Ball Park...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. Sam LeCure walks into the clubhouse with a watch cap pulled around his ears, wearing a plaid shirt and a full beard and one wonders, Where did you leave your ax, Mr. Lumberjack?If he walked into Starbucks nobody would guess that he is an integral part of the Cincinnati Reds, a spare part that manager Dusty Baker can plug into any situation.It is an anonymous job...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. Brandon Phillips isnt parading around the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse holding aloft a placard that reads, Im No. 2.But he is OK with the fact that hell bat second in manager Dusty Bakers order and that if all goes well hell be No. 2 all year, giving him a sense of offensive stability.It hasnt always been that way and thats his own fault because the 31-year-old second...
When the Reds acquired Shin-Shoo Choo from the Indians this offseason many believed Cincinnati basically swapped better offensive production from the leadoff spot in exchange for a shaky, unproven, defensive center fielder. Count former general manager and current ESPN writer Jim Bowden as one of them.
The Reds have struggled to find a legitimate leadoff hitter for several years...
Although no official announcement has been made yet, two Canadian media outlets are reporting that Reds All-Star first basemen Joey Votto is likely to represent Team Canada during next month's World Baseball Classic.
The Toronto Star published a report late Tuesday with quotes from Canadian baseball director Greg Hamilton, who says he is "confident" that Votto is...
It’s been a long offseason but Spring Training is here! We’re excited to bring the podcast back Reds fans and if this season is going to be anything like 2012, it’s going to be a fun ride!
In this week’s show:
David Gale look at the team going into spring training
It’s baseball time!! and a New Co-Host
Shin-Soo Choo trade and position change good idea?
Ludwick gets rewarded...
At this time last year I was telling everyone who would listen to stay away from Mat Latos. In two full season with the Padres, Latos had posted fantastic FIPs of 3.00 and 3.16, but FIP doesn’t account for the ballpark in which he pitched half of his games so his better-than-average 8.0% and 7.3% HR/FB rates weren’t adjusted to the higher league average marks.For that kind of...
Later today Baseball America will release their Top 100 Prospects in all of baseball list. I will update this post when the list goes live, but until then I will go ahead and throw out my guesses for where I believe that our prospects will wind up on the list:
Billy Hamilton: I believe he will fall in the 15-20 range.
Robert Stephenson: I believe he will fall in the 60-65 range...
Topps created a buzz last week when the card company announced that it would no longer acknowledge the achievements of Pete Rose on the back of today's baseball cards. On Tuesday, the Cincinnati legend released a series of statements pleading for Topps and Major League Baseball to overturn the decision. "I am not asking for anyone to feel sorry for me. I am asking only...
We here at BurningRiverBaseball are working on our predictions for this year and we'd like to hear what you think. In addition to our three staff writers, we want to know who the average reader thinks will be the team MVP, best pitcher and so on. To do this, we will hold polls (located on the right side of the main page) from now until the end of Spring Training. Each poll will...