Tuesday stuff

*The Reds posted their latest updated attendee list for Redsfest on Dec. 6-7. Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman Todd Frazier and manager Bryan Price are among those already set to appear. One of the names still missing is Brandon Phillips.

*The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was revealed on Tuesday. Only one player with primary Reds connections is on it in Sean Casey. Here are all of the players on this year’s ballot:

Moises Alou, Jeff Bagwell, Armando Benitez, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Sean Casey, Roger Clemens, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Lo Duca, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Kenny Rogers, Curt Schilling, Richie Sexson, Lee Smith, J.T. Snow, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas, Mike Timlin, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker.

Writers must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. Results will be announced at 2 p.m., ET, on Jan 8, 2014.

*On Monday night, the Braves announced new members of their Minor League coaching staff. The group included Ronnie Ortegon, who was the Reds’ assistant hitting coach last season. The story from Mark Bowman says that Ortegon is replacing Don Long, who left to become the Reds’ new hitting coach. Of course, the Reds haven’t formally named their coaching staff as of yet. No word yet on when that is coming out. Last week, former Reds hitting coach Brook Jacoby took the assistant hitting coach job with the Rangers.

*Also on Monday, I wrote about Shin-Soo Choo and the pros and cons of trying to sign him. The biggest obstacle for Cincinnati is, of course, money. Choo will be getting lots of it as one of the most prized free agents on this winter’s market.


Am I the only one who finds the lack of announcements regarding coaches and Schummaker to be a little odd?

Not really, at least I don’t. Reds’ decisions are nearly always made at a snail pace compared to other teams. They theoretically have only a few decisions to be made; the most convincing will be lst base and 3rd base coaches. I have read where most think they both did ‘OK’, but didn’t go beyond the thought. IMO, they are decisions that must be made internally, as the fan can’t possible assess their real value; Price
can. In summary, I am not all that interested; bigger fish to fry. JMO.

Well, Mr. Sheldon…five names pop off the page for me…1) Glavine, 2) Mussina, 3) Maddux, 4) Schilling and 5) Thomas; all without evaluating each more closely and all after not including any associated with steroids. Guess I am one of those, eh…

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