Archive for the ‘ Dailies ’ Category

Hoover wins arbitration case

Reliever J.J. Hoover was the winner of his arbitration case against the Reds, it was learned on Friday. Hoover will make $1.4 million this season. The club had countered at $1.225 million. There will be a story on MLB.com/Reds.com.

Cases going to arbitration hearings haven’t happened in the Reds’ recent history. Here is the listing of wins and losses for the club:

2004

Beat Chris Reitsma

 

2003

Beat Bruce Chen

 

2001

Beat Danny Graves

Beat Osvaldo Fernandez

Lost to Sean Casey

 

1999

Beat John Hudek

 

1994

Lost to Joe Oliver

 

1993

Lost to Bip Roberts

 

1992

Beat Greg Swindell

Beat Glenn Braggs

 

1990

Beat Randy Myers

 

1989

Lost to Danny Jackson

 

1988

Beat John Franco

 

1987

Beat Ted Power

 

1986

Lost to Dave Van Gorder

Beat Eddie Milner

 

1984

Lost to Paul Householder

Beat Joe Price

 

1983

Lost to Joe Price

Lost to Mario Soto

Beat Bruce Berenyi

 

1982

Lost to Tom Hume

Lost to Mario Soto

Beat Frank Pastore

 

1981

Beat Dave Collins

Beat Paul Moskau

Beat Mike Vail

 

1980

Lost to Dave Collins

Lost to Ray Knight

Votto second-ranked at 1B

From MLB Network:

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was ranked second on MLB Network’s Top 10 First Basemen Right Now! program last night. Votto finished one spot ahead of the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, and one spot behind the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt.

Taking into account a number of offensive and defensive metrics, both advanced and traditional, plus projections for the upcoming season, MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now! series ranks the top players at each position heading into the 2016 season.

An embeddable video recap of the complete ranking, listed below, can be seen here:


Top 10 First Basemen Right Now!

1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
3. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
4. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
5. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
6. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
7. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
9. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
10. Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants

Details for Pete Rose weekend

As you have likely read or heard on Tuesday, Pete Rose was elected to the Reds Hall of Fame. His No. 14 will also be retired the same weekend — June 24-26. A statue of Rose will also be created at a later date in the near future, according to Reds CEO Bob Castellini.

Below is a an itinerary for the Rose weekend of events, which will have amid a Reds series vs. the Padres.

Friday, June 24: Reds vs. San Diego Padres (7:10 p.m.)

Pregame ceremonies celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series Champion Reds

• Reds players and coaches will wear 1976 throwback uniforms

• All fans receive a commemorative 1976 Reds team photo

• 1976 World Series replica ring ticket package (details to be released soon)

• Fireworks Friday presented by Cooper Tire

– Saturday, June 25: Reds vs. San Diego Padres (4:10 p.m.)

• Pregame Hall of Fame Induction ceremony presented by PNC Bank

• As part of Super Saturdays, all fans receive a Pete Rose poster

– Sunday, June 26: Reds vs. San Diego Padres (1:10 p.m.)

• Pregame Pete Rose Number 14 Retirement Ceremony

• All fans receive Pete Rose commemorative print

• Hall of Fame Induction Gala presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett at the Duke Energy Conv. Center (starts at 6 p.m.)

 

Your non-Powerball numbers

The Reds revealed their Spring Training roster to this point. It can certainly have some additions or subtractions ahead of Feb. 18 when pitchers and catchers report.

Here it is below in numerical order. A couple of guys switched numbers, including Michael Lorenzen going from No. 50 to Todd Frazier’s former No. 21.

2 Cozart, Zack……………………………INF
3 De Jesus Jr., Ivan……………………INF
4 Phillips, Brandon……………………..INF
6 Hamilton, Billy………………………….OF
7 Suarez, Eugenio………………………INF
9 Peraza, Jose…………………………..INF
16 Barnhart, Tucker………………………..C
19 Votto, Joey………………………………1B
21 Lorenzen, Michael………………….RHP
22 Hatcher, Billy…………………..3B coach
23 Duvall, Adam……………………………OF
26 Iglesias, Raisel………………………RHP
28 DeSclafani, Anthony……………….RHP
29 Finnegan, Brandon………………….LHP
30 Cave, Jake………………………………OF
32 Bruce, Jay……………………………….OF
33 Rodriguez, Yorman…………………..OF
34 Bailey, Homer………………………..RHP
35 Riggleman, Jim………….bench coach
36 Wood, Blake………………………….RHP
37 Cabrera, Ramon…………………………C
38 Price, Bryan…………………….manager
39 Mesoraco, Devin………………………..C
40 Holt, Tyler………………………………..OF
41 Mattheus, Ryan*…………………….RHP
43 Schebler, Scott…………………………OF
45 Benavides, Freddie………….1B coach

46 Moscot, Jon…………………………..RHP
47 Lamb, John……………………………LHP
48 Sampson, Keyvius…………………RHP
49 Riggins, Mark…………..pitching coach
51 Allen, Brandon*……………………….INF
52 Cingrani, Tony………………………..LHP
53 Contreras, Carlos…………………..RHP
54 Cotham, Caleb………………………RHP
55 Stephenson, Robert……………….RHP
56 O’Grady, Chris……………………….LHP
57 Jenkins, Mack………….bullpen coach
58 Waldrop, Kyle…………………………..OF
59 Long, Don………………….hitting coach
60 Hoover, J.J……………………………RHP
62 Villarreal, Pedro*……………………RHP
63 Davis, Rookie………………………..RHP
64 Jaramillo, Tony……asst. hitting coach
65 Romano, Sal…………………………RHP
66 Ramirez, JC*…………………………RHP
67 Garrett, Amir…………………………..LHP
68 Skipworth, Kyle………………………….C
69 Duran, Juan……………………………..OF
70 Diaz, Jumbo………………………….RHP
71 Johnson, Stephen………………….RHP
72 Stefanski, Mike………..catching coach
73 Hayes, Drew*………………………..RHP
74 Magill, Matt*………………………….RHP
75 Weiss, Zack*…………………………RHP
76 Winker, Jesse*…………………………OF
77 Adleman, Tim*……………………….RHP
78 Travieso, Nick*………………………RHP
79 Jagielo, Eric*…………………………..INF
80 Wallach, Chad*………………………….C
81 Melville, Tim*…………………………RHP
82 Daal, Calten*…………………………..INF
83 Morris, A.J.*…………………………..RHP
84 Reed, Cody*…………………………..LHP
85 Ervin, Phillip*……………………………OF
86 Somsen, Layne*…………………….RHP
87 Hughes, Dustin……….bullpen catcher
88 Hudson, Joe*……………………………..C
89 Blandino, Alex*………………………..INF
90 Diaz, Dayan*…………………………RHP

* = non-roster invite

The day I was pranked by Junior

Ken Griffey Jr. will be the first player I’ve ever covered regularly as a reporter to enter Baseball’s Hall of Fame. I got to see him up close when he was past the prime of his great career, but he still often displayed that incredible, perfect swing and some dazzling plays and moments. He also could hold court in the clubhouse with people better than anyone I’ve seen before or since.

My professional relationship with Griffey got off to an interesting start to say the least. At Spring Training in Sarasota, Fla., before the 2006 season and my first covering the Reds for MLB.com after five seasons in Minnesota, I made my introductions to as many players as I could. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous about meeting Junior, who I had heard could sometimes be tough to approach. He was perfectly cordial and professional, however.

A couple of days later, I received an email from Reds media relations that any reporter who wished to interview Griffey must give at least 48 hours notice and make the request in writing with an explanation about the topic included. A blank form was attached for filling out and printing.

Of course, I was incensed. I was furious. I said some words that can’t printed here. But I didn’t do anything about it. Maybe a day or two later after a Spring Training workout, I attempted to talk to Griffey as part of a group interview that was already ongoing when I arrived.

Griffey stopped talking.

“Where’s your paper?” he said.

“I don’t have it,” I replied. “Did they [the other reporters] fill out the form?”

Griffey told me they had filled out the form and reached into his locker and handed me one that was already printed. I scribbled my name and information on the form hurriedly and handed it back to him.

“Thanks,” Griffey said. “See you in two days.”

I turned and walked out of the clubhouse, feeling defeated. Once again, I was incensed. I was furious. I said some more words that can’t printed here. This time, I marched upstairs to the office of Rob Butcher, the Reds’ media relations director.

I told Rob what had happened. He immediately got up from his desk and angrily said he’d deal with this right away.

I followed Rob back into the clubhouse. I found Griffey standing at his locker with a huge smile on his face. And I noticed reporters John Fay, Marc Lancaster and Hal McCoy, and Butcher as well, were all smiling too.

Griffey gave me the look that said “gotcha.” This new guy had been had by one of the best who ever played the game.

I couldn’t help but laugh as I put the pieces together and was a good sport about the conspiracy to prank me.

At his locker afterwards, Griffey and I talked for a little bit.

“You heard some things about me before you started here, didn’t you?” I recall him saying.

I told him I had heard some things but that I had an open mind.

During the nearly three seasons that followed, Griffey was often at his locker sitting on top of a giant blank trunk that kept his equipment. He didn’t like talking about himself much, but would always discuss his three kids or football. If he talked baseball, it was usually about other players or issues that didn’t involve him. Of course, he had no problem making fun of teammates and needling reporters for a laugh.

But most of the time, when you needed a quote where had to talk about himself, Griffey would eventually talk. Sometimes he could be prickly, as advertised, but no one could say he wasn’t a good person.

Even if his quote wasn’t great, Griffey was usually professional. He was a great ambassador for Major League Baseball.

And now, Griffey is a Hall of Famer too. It was a privilege to watch him work.

Chapman traded to Yankees

Continuing an effort to rebuild by accumulating prospects and young talent, the Reds traded All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman to the Yankees on Monday for four Minor Leaguers.

 

The deal brought Cincinnati right-handed pitchers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis, third baseman Eric Jagielo and infielder Tony Renda.

Read the full story on MLB.com here.

 

 

 

Plenty of prospects

Courtesy of the Reds, here is a breakdown of the top-end prospects and former top prospects that the club will have in camp come February 2016.It’s pretty interesting. Among the homegrown guys, several of the high picks are developing nicely and are either big league ready, or close.

Of course, more changes are potentially coming.

1st-round Picks: 11 (including 2 supplemental)
2nd-round Picks: 6 (including 1 compensatory)
3rd-round Picks: 2

Players Rated by Baseball America: 8 (Blandino-6th, Garrett-3rd, Reed-2nd, Romano-9th, Stephenson-1st, Travieso-7th, Winker-5th, and Peraza-1st for Braves in 2015 and 4th for Dodgers in 2016)
Players Rated by MLB.com: 7 (Blandino-8th, Garrett-4th, Peraza-1st, Reed-10th, Stephenson-3rd, Travieso-7th, Winker-2nd)
Bailey, Homer – 1st-round draft pick (7th overall) in 2004
Blandino, Alex – 1st-round draft pick (29th overall) in 2014, rated Reds’ 6th-best prospect by Baseball America, rated Reds’ 8th best prospect by MLB.com
Bruce, Jay – 1st-round draft pick (12th overall) in 2005
Cingrani, Tony – 3rd-round draft pick (114th overall) in 2011
Cozart, Zack – 2nd-round draft pick (79th overall) in 2007
De Jesus Jr., Ivan – Compensatory 2nd-round draft pick (51st overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005
Ervin, Phillip – 1st-round draft pick (27th overall) in 2013
Finnegan, Brandon – 1st-round draft pick (17th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2014
Garrett, Amir – Rated Reds’ 3rd-best prospect by Baseball America, rated Reds’ 4th-best prospect by MLB.com
Hamilton, Billy – 2nd-round draft pick (57th overall) in 2009
Lorenzen, Michael – Supplemental 1st-round pick (38th overall) in 2013
Mesoraco, Devin – 1st-round draft pick (15th overall) in 2007
Peraza, Jose – Rated the Braves’ best prospect in 2015 and the Dodgers’ 4th-best prospect in 2016 by Baseball America, rated the Reds’ best prospect by MLB.com
Phillips, Brandon – 2nd-round draft pick (57th overall) by the Montreal Expos in 1999
Reed, Cody – 2nd-round draft pick (46th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2013, rated the Reds’ 2nd-best prospect by Baseball America, rated the Reds’ 10th-best prospect by MLB.com
Romano, Sal – Rated the Reds’ 9th-best prospect by Baseball America
Skipworth, Kyle – 1st-round draft pick (6th overall) by the Florida Marlins in 2008
Stephenson, Robert – 1st-round draft pick (27th overall) in 2011, rated Reds’ No. 1 prospect for third straight year by Baseball America, rated Reds’ 3rd-best prospect by MLB.com, entered 2014 season at the 19th-best prospect in MLB
Travieso, Nick – 1st-round draft pick (14th-overall) in 2012, rated Reds’ 7th-best prospect by Baseball America, rated Reds’ 7th-best prospect by MLB.com
Votto, Joey – 2nd-round draft pick (44th-overall) in 2002
Winker, Jesse – Supplemental 1st-round pick (49th-overall) in 2012, rated Reds’ 5th-best prospect by Baseball America, rated Reds’ 2nd-best prospect by MLB.com
Wood, Blake – 3rd-round pick (77th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2006

Frazier drawing interest

As the Reds moved towards the end of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, there seemed to be increased interest and talks about third baseman Todd Frazier.

I covered that, and other Reds items, in my story for Wednesday.

Click here to read it.

 

Reds have 2nd pick in Rule 5

As a bi-product of their 98-loss season that gave them baseball’s second-worst record, the Reds will have the second pick in Thursday morning’s Rule 5 Draft of players currently left unprotected on 40-man rosters.

Our friends at MiLB.com have a primer on this year’s draft, which begins on Thursday morning as the Winter Meetings wrap up.

Take a look here.

Lots of waiting…

It’s Monday evening at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville — correction — just outside of the Nashville. And speaking of outside, I’ve only ventured outdoors for five minutes in the last 29 hours since I’ve arrived.

The big news of the day is Aroldis Chapman. There was lots of smoke that he was headed to the Dodgers in a trade. Then I learned Monday afternoon that no deal was done yet, and that other teams might be in the mix to land the All-Star closer.

Since then, it’s been hurry up and wait. Bryan Price held his one media session of the week on Monday but did not want to wade into the speculation. Walt Jocketty postponed his daily briefing with the beat writers, originally scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.

Now it’s just hang time, while trying to keep snooping around for news.

Click here to read the latest Chapman update as 8:30 p.m. ET. And be sure to check MLB.com and reds.com for the latest news.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 525 other followers

%d bloggers like this: