A 3rd generation Reds fan. Favorite of all time: Chris Sabo.
When using the play index to research some stats, I have been unable to use the SHARE button to get the stats in a shreadsheet format. I click SHARE, which used to open several options, such as pre-formatted text. Today, I click SHARE and nothing happens. I'm minorly distraught. Help?!
Walt Jocketty: "We keep reading about his maturity," Jocketty said. "But from everything we've seen, he's a very mature kid, and very intelligent and baseball-savvy. I wonder what people are basing [their comments] on, because it's not like the Cuban coaches are going to tell you that. Maybe it's coming from guys who couldn't get him signed." Dusty Baker: "We've got to put the money behind us and realize he's one of us and make him feel as comfortable as possible," Baker said. "If you're better than him, you're gonna pitch. And if you're not better than him, he's gonna pitch. That's as simple as it gets." Jerry Crasnick: Chapman's facial features are reminiscent of a young Dwight Gooden, and he has a smile that can light up a room. Petey sez: I hadn't seen Android the Destroyer smile before, but they have a nice pic of him yucking it up with Voltron. No guns are shown.
Chapman threw for about 10 minutes on Saturday, tossing an assortment of four-seamers, two-seamers, changeups and sliders. The Reds have the following scheduled planned for their $30 million man: he'll throw another bullpen Monday, face live hitters on Wednesday and Saturday, then throw one more bullpen. After that, he'll make his spring training game debut. The link features an article PLUS a 3.5 minute segment from MLB Network's HOT STOVE.
MLB Network airs Documentary on Reds Rookie Team "Cobb Field; A Day at the Ballpark" The 2007 Billings Mustangs are featured in Reel Hardball at Cobb Field: A Day at the Ballpark. It's a really nice little documentary about the day-to-day of a small minor league team, from GM to groundskeeper. There's lots of interviews (including the legendary Gary Redus), and the doc features Todd Frazier as he makes his professional debut. Also included is former Red Aaron Holbert, who coached for the team. Highly recommended. MLB Network's website kinda sucks, but my TiVo says that it will air at 3 p.m. Cincy time on this upcoming Sunday, February 21st. Please check your local listings. Notable players on the '07 Mustangs include: Todd Frazier Matthew Klinker Enerio Del Rosario Keltavious Jones Kyle Lotzkar Brandon Waring Here's a nice ESPN write up of the film.
Sheldon says that Gomes might make his decision once one of the other second-tier outfielders - guys like Garret Anderson, Cliff Floyd, Endy Chavez, or Marlon Anderson - sign with a club to establish the current market price and lower the available volume of 17 FA outfielders. Walt is waiting for something to break the current deadlock, and is fine with moving on if Gomes won't come down on his asking price.
Summary quotes: Jones was released by Cincinnati at the end of spring training last April after hitting .089 in 45 Grapefruit League at-bats. He hasn't played in the major leagues since 2008. He spent last season with the Newark Bears in the independent Atlantic League. In December, Jones traveled to the winter meetings in Indianapolis to meet with clubs and express his interest in a comeback.
"'Reel Hardball' goes inside one of America's most storied ballparks, Cobb Field." The 2007 Billings Mustangs are featured in Reel Hardball at Cobb Field: A Day at the Ballpark. It's a really nice little documentary about the day-to-day of a small minor league team, from GM to groundskeeper. There's lots of interviews (including the legendary Gary Redus), and the doc features Todd Frazier's first career start. Highly recommended. MLB Network's website kinda sucks, but my TiVo says that it will air at noon on this upcoming Tuesday. So you'll have to check your local listings. Notable players on the '07 Mustangs include: Todd Frazier Matthew Klinker Enerio Del Rosario Keltavious Jones Kyle Lotzkar Brandon Waring
Howdy, gang! It's your old pal Petey, here to share another RR-exclusive stat for you to use and share with your friends! Today's stat is ED'S OPS, which stands for EveryDay Starter On-base Plus...
Who is the Reds Top Prospect? That's an interesting question. Many people from many walks of life have pondered wearily this difficult notion, especially in light of the recent signing that has...
There are a lot of free agents remaining. While many don't fit the Reds' needs (weak-hitting CF Alfredo Amezaga), budget (RF Vladimir Guerrero), or both (lefty 1B Carlos Delgado), there are several...
Rolen is our third baseman for the foreseeable future, making things a bit complicated for our many defensively-underwhelming hitting prospects. What to do about the rather bulky LF/1B logjam now?...
URL is behind EPSN pay wall, but here's what mlbtraderumors.com had to say: Within a piece which focuses on yesterday's non-tender decisions, ESPN.com's Buster Olney mentions that a handful of clubs are interested in Brian Giles, including the Yankees and Reds. It's still up in the air whether teams will be willing to offer Giles more than a minor league contract. Petey sez: Minor League deal w/ ITST sounds delicious to me for a potential low-risk/high-reward candidate like Giles. I think he's done, but in 147 games in 2008, he had an OPS of .854 while playing in very pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Park Factor stats: Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers. multi-year: Batting - 88, Pitching - 88; one-year: Batting - 88, Pitching - 89 He's gonna be 39 in 2010, and his SLG took a dive in 2003 JUST BEFORE his trade to the Padres. But the man has gotten on base to the tune of a career OBP of a cool .400 in 15 seasons, which is reason enough for me to see if he has any left in the tank, despite a horrible 2009 campaign in which he hit .191/.277/.271 for an OPS of .548 in 61 games. He's only a year removed from finishing 6th in the league in OBP with 56 extra-base hits. He's no perfect fit, as he's a lefty RF'er, not a righty LF'er. But his upside intrigues me enough to see if he can look sharp in Goodyear. But, WOW, that 2009 line was weak. So I checked it out. The man got off to a TERRIBLE slump, even against righties, whom he normally CRUSHES to the tune of a .950+ OBP. In mid-June, he had a right-knee strain that he has since recovered from...but by the time he had healed in mid-July, the Padres were in full youth-movement mode, so he rode the pine. Yes, career stud can fall off a table like that at age 38. But he almost only slumped in a pair of 12-game stretches of his 225 AB's last year. Here's how it went down: goes 1-for-4 int the 2009 Season opener hits .143 for 12 games hits .261 for 5 games hits .093 for 12 games cranks up a .967 OPS for 6 games goes hitless for 3 games cranks it again to a .899 OPS for 12 games, hitting in 9 straight starts goes 2-for-14 hits .313 for 4 games ends the season with an 0-for-11 streak (strained knee?) So if we discount the final 0-for-11 to injury, then really the only gripe we have with Brian beyond his age is a pair of 12-game slumps last year? That's all Sign him up. Let's see what he can do, and send him immediately to the Mexican Pacific League to work out with their active teams for rest of the month and into the playoffs. Whatchathinks?
From CTR: Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the team has had a couple of trade talks in the last hours of the MLB Winter Meetings, and if anything happens with those, it'll likely be sooner, rather than later. "We had a couple of conversations with agents last night, had a few with different clubs, one this morning," Jocketty said shortly after the Rule V draft on Thursday morning. "Certainly nothing's going to happen before I leave today, but a couple of things may or may not develop by the weekend. They'll either develop by this weekend or go away, I think." Jocketty said he'd also talked to agents about free agents, but those talks could go on much longer, it's the trade market that is time sensitive. "At these meetings it seems to be a feeding frenzy, as long as they have you here, they try to attack and get things done," Jocketty said. "I don't see anything happening right away." On Thursday, the Reds lost minor league left-hander Ben Jukich to the Cardinals in the Rule V draft and picked up minor-league right-hander Douglas Salinas in the Class AA portion of the Rule V draft. Other than that, it was an uneventful four days for the Reds in Indianapolis. "As I've said before, we really like our club and I don't think we needed to rush out and do anything this week," Jocketty said. "I think the free agent market, we'll see how that plays out, later into January and maybe into February and March, who knows? On the trade front, we had a couple of little things we talked about and they didn't materialize and it just doesn't make sense to do something for the sake of doing it."
MLB.com's Adam McCalvy says the Brewers upped their offer to Craig Counsell this morning and GM Doug Melvin is confident they'll get it done. The Reds are still in the mix for Counsell, says MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.
C. Trent Rosecrans of CNATI.com tweets that the Reds signed infielder Chris Burke to a minor league deal. Burke, 30 in March, struggled in 89 plate appearances for the Padres this year and otherwise hit .279/.351/.397 in 354 Triple A plate appearances for the Braves and Mariners. He spent most of his time in the middle infield.
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Rotowire (subscription): Todd Frazier (2B) CIN - Dec 01 http://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.htm?id=9848 Frazier will likely open up 2010 as the starting left fielder for Triple-A Louisville, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: This is a pretty good indication that Frazier's work at second base in Instructional League play didn't go all that well. Keep in mind that Frazier doesn't yet have to be protected on the 40-man roster, and that there are a slew of left field candidates. He'll probably spend most if not all of his summer in Louisville while the Reds work on finding him a permanent position. Enerio Del Rosario (P) CIN - Dec 01 http://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.htm?id=10456 Del Rosario, who was recently added to the Reds' 40-man roster, is pitching well in the Dominican Winter League, posting a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings of relief work. ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Del Rosario throws hard but doesn't get the strikeouts you'd think would come with that. In 80.1 innings of relief, mostly split between High-A Sarasota and Triple-A Louisville, he had a combined 1.68 ERA and 54:12 K:BB, allowing just three homers on the year. Not surprisingly, he was an extreme ground ball pitcher, posting a 3.23 G/F rate.
TBS. Very funny. Unless you're Chip Carey.
A new study of sports fan psychology concludes that fans who have the most negative emotions toward their team's prospects, get the most enjoyment out of games. So treasure your angst ... because it's more fun that way.
Crawford blew a call, then blew it as a professional. He should be fired for the latter only. Well, did he REALLY blow the call on Votto's first inning checked swing? Yes, actually. He blew it. A...
"There are other front-line starters who could appeal to the Angels by Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, including the Indians' Cliff Lee and the Reds' Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo. The Reds also have several set-up men - veterans Arthur Rhodes and David Weathers and young right-handers Nick Masset and Josh Roenicke - the Angels could find attractive at a lesser price tag than a durable starter. Roenicke, who throws in the mid-90s, is the nephew of Angels coach Ron Roenicke. The Reds reportedly would be interested in an everyday shortstop and power. Maicer Izturis' brilliant play of late might be taking him out of trade consideration, but the Angels are loaded in the middle infield. Sean Rodriguez, with superior defensive tools and 23 homers in 75 games at Triple-A Salt Lake, could have huge appeal in Cincinnati with his powerful right-handed bat, along with outfielder Terry Evans (21 homers in 94 games at Salt Lake)." Petey says Sean sounds like just what we'd want for Arroyo and Roenicke, right?
Ellen Degeneres, who apparently has pretty good taste in ladies, sends 10 gals (all of them "tens") to George Clooney's bungalow to say "Happy Birthday." Each carries a cake, and is clad in a tight Reds outfit with the number 10. Then there's a bounce house. Yes, a bounce house. You're welcome.
I can't find a link to post the new Gold Star Chili commercial that lovingly adorns our Fox Sports Ohio commercial breaks. I'd love to post it here, as the spot completely astonished me. The tag...
Go shorties, yo!
We've all made all-time Reds teams, and they are largely all the same. But who would be on YOUR all-time team? We're not talking about who would be the BEST team, but instead the team that...
Do the Nationals now have more Reds from 5 years ago than the Reds have Reds from 5 years ago? - Petey Cool stat: Ron's been with 11 MLB teams, including MULTIPLE YEARS with an astonishing 6 MLB clubs. Dunno if that's a record, but it might be. - Petey The Nationals continue to add insurance to the organization by signing left-hander Ron Villone to a Minor League contract on Friday. He will play for Triple-A Syracuse and be its only left-hander out of the bullpen. Washington added Villone in case one of the team's three left-handed relievers -- Michael Hinckley, Wil Ledezma or Joe Beimel -- falters in the bullpen. Acting general manager Mike Rizzo declined to comment for this story, and Villone was unavailable for comment. Villone is a 14-year veteran who has played for 11 Major League teams, including the Yankees, Cardinals and Blue Jays. He is 56-59 with a 4.75 ERA during his career. Last year, Villone played with the Cardinals and had a 4.68 ERA in 74 games. The southpaw was a non-roster invitee this spring with the Mets, but did not make the cut.
From the Fey. Bold by Petey Outfielders:Jay Bruce, Chris Dickerson, Willy Taveras, Layne Nix, Jerry Hairston Jr., Darnell McDonald Infielders:Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Alex Gonzalez, Edwin Encarnacion, Paul Janish. Catchers:Ramon Hernandez, Ryan Hanigan Starting pitchers:Aaron Harang, Edinson Volquez, Micah Owings, Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo Relievers:Francisco Cordero, David Weathers, Jared Burton, Mike Lincoln, Arthur Rhodes, Daniel Ray Herrera and Nick Masset --Arroyo is still hoping to pitch Thursday. But Dusty Baker said Owings will start in that spot. "I'm hoping to toe the rubber Thursday," he said. "But anything is negotiable." Arroyo did scratch from the Opening Day Parade. "They want me to throw a bullpen," Arroyo said. "So I won't be sitting on a float." Arroyo did not have to talk the Reds into not putting him on the DL. "I would never let a player do that," Walt Jocketty said. "We went on the medical reports." --The Reds are hopeful that Jonny Gomes will go to Triple-A. "I think he will," Jocketty said. "I talked to his agent yesterday when we were talking about doing it. I hope he does." The Reds released Jacque Jones, so he is not at Triple-A. --The Reds are at 40-man limit after adding Nix and McDonald. They were at 38 after trading Jeff Keppinger and outrighting Norris Hopper ot Louisville.
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