Here is a press release today from the Reds:
CINCINNATI (Sept. 9, 2014) — The Reds Community Fund announced today the 10th annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, which took place at Belterra Casino Resort on Sept. 7 & 8, raised $220,000 for the Reds Community Fund.
Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, over 60 celebrities and 175 golfers participated in this year’s event that included two golf scrambles and a Sunday night dinner and comedy show.
This year’s special guests included Reds Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Sr. and former Red and current ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone.
Since its inception in 2005, the Marty Brennaman Golf Classic has raised nearly $2,200,000 to support the baseball and softball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.
The event was sponsored by Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions with additional support from Cintas and Belterra Casino & Resort. The Sunday night dinner and program was hosted by Jim Day and Fox Sports Ohio.
Following the dinner, guests enjoyed a comedy show in Belterra’s CenterStage Showroom featuring comedians Josh Sneed, Costaki Economopoulos and John Caponera.
Photos from the event are posted on Better Off Red: http://ramsey.mlblogs.com/
Some pre-game news for Tuesday…
*Reds 1B Joey Votto took 25 groundballs on Monday and some more on Tuesday. As far as making larger strides towards hitting on the field, Votto isn’t up to that point yet. Not much has changed since the updates over the weekend.
“As you would know, everything will go up incrementally,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “When it’s going to go up, it’s hard for me to say. He’s hit off the tee. He’s taken groundballs. As the trainers allow, he will increase his workload unless there is a reason not to increase it.”
*RHP Pedro Villarreal was doing well considering he took a Matt Holliday comebacker off of his right forearm in the ninth inning. Villarreal’s arm was still red and you could see the seams from the baseball slightly imprinted on it.
“It’s a little sore, a little tender,” Villarreal said.
Villarreal is not available to pitch on Tuesday.
“As you would expect, a line drive off the forearm is going to hurt,” Price said. “He threw enough yesterday that we wouldn’t think about using him today anyway. We’ll see where he is tomorrow.”
*Before even taking one at-bat on Tuesday, 3B Todd Frazier had a hit on his ledger. Frazier learned that an appeal to the league office was successfully appealed. In an Aug. 27 game vs. the Cubs, Frazier hit a groundball to 3B Luis Valbuena that was originally ruled as an error by the official scorer. Today, Frazier learned he was credited with a single. UPDATE: That makes all four runs scored in the inning now earned against Cubs pitcher Jacob Turner.
*CF Billy Hamilton turned 24 on Tuesday.
All of the remaining 19 games the Reds play in 2014 will be against NL Central opponents, with 16 of them against teams still in playoff contention — the Cardinals, Brewers and Pirates. At this point, all the Reds can do is try to disrupt the race as much as they can.
“Hopefully, we do make a difference in a positive way for our ball club,” Reds manager Bryan Price said on Monday. “We know these games mean a lot as far as where these teams — if they end up in the postseason or not. There should certainly be an investment on our side and make it a difficult thing for opponents to extract a victory from us.”
Playing division rivals or not, the Reds are desperate to finish 2014 with something positive, a tall task since they have gone 16-32 since the All-Star break entering the four-game series opener vs. the Cardinals.
“It eats at you from the inside, out to not play better than we have,” Price said.
The Reds ranks last in the Majors in second half batting average (.222), runs, hits, slugging and on-base percentage.
“We want to finish the season a lot stronger than we’ve played in the second half,” Price said. “It’s a troublesome feeling to go home, as frequently as we do, with a loss. I’m sure it’s eating away at everybody. It’d be a real nice reprieve from that heaviness to go out there and start to win more games. Certainly with respect to the those teams that are contending for the playoffs, we want to give them the best that we have. We have to do something selfishly, and that’s go out and win our games so we can feel a little bit better about how we finish up.
In the past four seasons, only 2011 was a year where the Reds were left to be spoilers. At the same time, they have some September call-ups they need to look at. It’s going to be a fine line for the club with how they use their younger players.
“We’re trying to respect the process and play as many of our regulars as possible against these contending teams, with still periodically getting a glimpse at some of the guys that we have for future consideration,” Price said. “That’s really what’s the challenge of this, is outside the Cubs series, everybody that we’re playing is still in contention. Yet we do want to see — I would like to see and I’m sure Walt [Jocketty] and the front office and out coaching staff would like to see — some of these guys play with a little bit more frequency. So that’ll be a challenge. We’ll see how that works its way out.”
The time of the Reds’ Sept. 21 game at St. Louis has been moved to 8:05 p.m. ET because it’s been picked up by ESPN for Sunday Night Baseball. For ESPN, it’s a potential chance to have the Cardinals clinch the NL Central. Another incentive for the Reds, perhaps, is not being the opponent that has to watch a team clinch playoff spots against them. It is possible — not necessarily likely — that the Reds could see St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee all clinch playoff berths against them. That would sting just a bit, no?
I am off the rest of the series. Back on Monday.
There had been speculation brewing for much of the summer that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty could be a candidate for the D-backs GM job if an anticipated change was made by his former Cardinals manager and current chief baseball officer Tony La Russa. Jocketty’s three-year contract with the Reds expires after this season.
That change came overnight Thursday when LaRussa dismissed GM Kevin Towers and offered him another position in the organization. Various candidates for the job emerged on Friday, but La Russa went on record to say that there would not be a working reunion of sorts with Jocketty. He will not be a candidate to replace Towers.
“I think I’m very confident in saying that Walt is entirely committed to the Cincinnati Reds and he’s total interest is about what it takes to make them a champion,” La Russa told reporters in Arizona. “And I know his loyalty to Bob Castellini and the folks that work with the Reds so Walt’s not part of what we do here. He’s working and he’s committed.”
Jocketty was traveling on Friday. A message was left for comment.
UPDATE: Jocketty told me via phone that he was optimistic he would re-sign with the Reds.
“I’ve had discussions with Mr. Castellini and we’re still working out some things that will be resolved hopefully very soon,” Jocketty said while traveling to see the Reds’ Class A Bakersfield affiliate compete in the playoffs. “I feel like I have a commitment to win a championship here. I want to hopefully stay until we accomplish that.”
More soon on Reds.com/MLB.com