Pictures from ASG

The weather has been spectacular on Sunday and it has certainly lent to a really good first full day of All-Star Game festivities.

The big All-Star news as it relates to the Reds is that RHP Alfredo Simon was named to the NL team to replace Johnny Cueto. It’s a shame that Cueto can’t pitch on Tuesday since it’s his first time being on the team. But at least he can take part in the festivities and enjoy being an All-Star. Simon gets a much-deserved late invite as a reward for his breakout season so far.

My first impressions of Target Field are two big thumbs up. The architecture and design of the stadium with the limestone and various details is distinctively Minnesotan. The park does seem more vast that you’d expect on a relatively small area of land.

Downtown Minneapolis seems pretty well prepared for the thousands of visitors that have come to town. I haven’t noticed any real calamity around the city. Signs are everywhere to get people where they need to go. One smart move was painting a bright green line on the sidewalk from the light rail stop to the FanFest at the convention center. There is All-Star Game merchandise everywhere.

Before Sunday’s Futures Game, I spoke with both Robert Stephenson and Jesse Winker. Be sure to check out my story on Reds.com. Both players are aware that being selected to play in this game is a good sign for their big league aspirations. In Winker’s 1-for-2 day, he banged an opposite field double off of the left field wall to lead off the third inning and scored the game’s first run. He flied out to left field in the fourth inning.

Here are some pictures from the rainy Saturday and sunny Sunday…

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Have a great time. Look forward to your report.

.292/.329/.500/.829…w/10 HR
Who?…Stubbs.

From MLB Trade Rumors…
•The Giants are considered to be the team most interested in Ben Zobrist, Marc Topkin reports, with the Reds and Mariners among other teams also intrigued by the 33-year-old. Zobrist would help the Giants and Reds at second base while the versatile 33-year-old would fit in Seattle as a shortstop or right fielder since Robinson Cano has the keystone locked up for the M’s.

Good luck to Reds in ASG. This team has a chance to win WS but needs some help getting there. I’d like to see them go after Konerko and Beckham from CWS. I would have to think both are available and would love to come to a contender. I’m sure Walt is working phones hard to fill holes. Price has been masterful mixing and matching but how long can that work. He deserves major cred for spotting starting potential in Simon.

Ranking the contenders’ schedule strength – ESPN…
7. Cincinnati Reds
Home/away: 33 games at home; 34 on the road.
Games against teams with records of .500 or better: 38
Schedule notes: The opportunity will be there for them down the stretch, because 16 of their final 19 games will be against the other three NL Central contenders. Their last game against a team outside the NL Central will be Sept. 7, when they play the Mets.
Big finish: Cincinnati’s final six games are at home, with three games each against Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.

Todd might not have won the HR Derby; don’t think he really had much of a chance against the reining king and slugger, but he and his brothers were in the thick of the derby from beginning to end; couldn’t happen to a nicer guy and family. Todd has clearly picked up the scepter that was passed down from ‘the Mayor’.

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