Nasty Boys on MLB Network

MLB Network announced that the second installment of its new Bob Costas hosted series, “MLB Network Presents,” will focus on the 25th anniversary of a memorable 1990 Reds team.

The program, “Nasty Boys: The 1990 Cincinnati Reds,” will focus specifically on the three relievers known as the “Nasty Boys” in Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers.

The episode premieres on MLB Network on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. All three relievers were interviewed, as well as manager Lou Piniella, Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, right fielder Paul O’Neill, infielder Ron Oester, catcher Joe Oliver and starter Tom Browning.

Below is a clip from the program:

Miller’s coaching career begins

It was always believed that veteran catcher Corky Miller had a future in coaching when he was done playing.

Miller retired last season and on Wednesday, he was named a coach for Class A Dayton.

Here are some details via a Dayton Dragons release:

Miller will join manager Jose Nieves, pitching coach Tom Browning, and hitting coach Luis Bolivar on the Dragons staff. Miller will also visit other Reds affiliates on select dates in a catching instructor role in 2015.

Miller completed a 17-year professional playing career in 2014. On August 31, 2014, he became the first player in the history of the Triple-A Louisville Bats to have his number retired by the club. He is the Bats all-time career leader in games played, first appearing in a game with Louisville in 2001.

Miller spent parts of 11 years in the Major Leagues, mostly with the Reds. He also played for the Braves, White Sox, Twins, and Red Sox. He made his big league debut with the Reds in 2001 and played in his final Major League game in 2013 at age 37, becoming the oldest Reds player to start a game at catcher since 1951. He was originally signed by the Reds as an undrafted free agent in 1998.

“We are excited to transition Corky Miller onto our Minor League coaching staff in 2015,” said Jeff Graupe, Reds Director of Player Development. “Corky will be based out of Dayton and will split his time working with the Dragons and roving around our system developing our catchers. As a player, Corky was well known throughout the game as a terrific defensive catcher with outstanding fundamentals and quality relationships with his pitchers. He will be a tremendous asset for our young catchers to learn from.”

Non-roster invites

The Reds announced they would have 19 non-roster invites at big league camp in Spring Training when camp opens on Feb. 18 in Goodyear.

Here is the list:

RHP Nate Adcock, RHP Jonathon Crawford, RHP Nick Howard, RHP Michael Lorenzen, LHP Jose Mijares, RHP Jon Moscot, RHP Robert Stephenson and RHP Nick Travieso; catchers Ramon Cabrera, Kyle Skipworth and Chad Wallach; infielders Ivan De Jesus Jr., Irving Falu, Josh Satin and Neftali Soto; and outfielders Brennan Boesch, Ryan LaMarre, Felix Perez and Jesse Winker.

Below is the full camp roster:


Reds claim pitcher from Padres

The Reds claimed RHP Keyvius Sampson off waivers from the Padres on Thursday and now have a full 40-man roster. Sampson was recently designated for assignment by San Diego.

A fourth round pick in 2009, the 24-year-old Sampson has no big league experience and is coming off a rocky season in Triple-A. Last season, he posted a 6.68 ERA in 38 appearances, including 14 starts, for El Paso.

More to come on

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General manager Walt Jocketty liked Sampson’s power arm that throws between 93-96 mph. He could be a starting pitcher or end up in the bullpen, where he worked in the second half of last season.

“It’s a low-risk, high reward move for a $20,000 waiver claim acquisition cost,” Jocketty said. He’s making the minimum salary and has options left. We were fairly certain that other clubs behind us [in the order] would have put in claims.”

Circle Feb. 18

The Reds revealed on Wednesday that their pitchers and catchers are scheduled report to Spring Training at Goodyear, Ariz. on Feb. 18. Physicals will be taken on the morning of Feb. 19, followed by an afternoon workout.

The full squad report date is Feb. 23, with physicals and the first full-squad workout on Feb. 24.

The Reds’ 2015 Cactus League schedule can be viewed by clicking here.

Hall of Famers vs. Reds

Congratulations are in order, of course, for the newest elected members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. All are deserving of the honor.

In case you were curious, and I was, here is how each new Hall of Famer fared in their respective careers vs. the Reds:

Johnson: 3-3, 1.51 ERA, 11 G, 11 GS, 77 2/3 IP, 47 H, 16 BB, 113 K, 4 HR

Martinez: 7-2, 2.11 ERA, 18 G, 12 GS, 93 2/3 IP, 49 H, 25 BB, 106 K, 3 HR

Smoltz: 19-12, 3.12 ERA, 46 G, 39 GS, 282 2/3 IP, 236 H, 79 BB, 240 K, 31 HR

Biggio: .274/.348/.401, 18 HR, 84 RBI, 278 H, 69 2B, 3 3B, 32 SB, in 268 games

Three former Reds on the ballot for the first time — Aaron Boone, Rich Aurilia and Eddie Guardado — all fell short of receiving the needed five percent to remain on next year’s ballot. Boone received two votes out of 549 ballots cast while Aurilia and Guardado got zero votes.

What’s next for Reds?

Happy New Year and for those of you who are also Bengals fans, take solace in knowing that Opening Day for the Reds and Pirates at GABP is 91 days away on April 6.

The Reds have some work to do before going to Goodyear in February. That was the topic of my story on today. Click here to read it.

Here’s the remaining checklist:

*Bullpen help
*Bench help
*Five arbitration cases (Frazier, Mesoraco, Cozart, Leake, Chapman)
*Try to sign Johnny Cueto

I don’t expect the Reds will make blockbuster moves to fill the top two needs. I could envision a couple of veterans being added via Minor League deals that come with camp invites. There aren’t a lot of names left on the free agent market. Joba Chamberlain, John Axford and Burke Badenhop kind of stand out among the available relievers.

As previously reported, the Reds were given until Opening Day by Cueto to get an extension completed.

With the arbitration cases, I would look for the Reds to at least try and get multi-year deals done with Frazier and Mesoraco to clear away the future arbitration years and perhaps the first year of free agent eligibility. It provides the players with a little security and the club can have a firm budget. The team has done this often in recent years with Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce and Joey Votto getting similar contracts while still in their years of club control.

Byrd to wear No. 9

In case you were curious, new Reds LF Marlon Byrd picked his uniform number and Tweeted about it a couple of days ago.

Check it out:

The most recent wearers of No. 9 in Cincinnati have included:

Jack Hannahan
Willie Harris
Willie Bloomquist
Danny Richar
Paul Bako
Juan Castro
Jacob Cruz
Bob Boone (manager)
Dante Bichette


Joe Oliver
Dann Bilardello
Bill Plummer

Ondrusek headed to Japan

First Jack Hannahan signed to go to South Korea last week and now it appears another Reds free agent is headed to Japan.

Reliever Logan Ondrusek signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Yakult Swallows, the Japan Times reported on Friday.

Ondrusek was non-tendered by the Reds last month.

Price on Byrd joining Reds

On, I will have the full reaction on the Marlon Byrd trade to the Reds for RHP Ben Lively from GM Walt Jocketty and Byrd.

Reds manager Bryan Price was also pleased to acquire a run producer and left fielder.

“I’m really excited about it for the obvious reasons,” Price said. “Certainly for the run production since that was an area we struggled with through the injuries and challenges of last year. The theme we’ve been talking about a lot here is having somebody that can really go out there on a daily basis and play the game the right way and add another quality professional to our mix. It makes us better in a lot of ways, not just statistically from a run production standpoint but from the standpoint of how hard we’re going to play and how we prepare. He can help our guys. He’s got plenty of years in the league. If that can rub off on our players, he makes everyone around him better.”

Price believed that Byrd brings intangibles to the clubhouse. He’s been aware of him from years of his teams playing against Byrd at his various stops in the Majors.

“It’s one of those things that just stand out,” Price said. “What the intangibles are beyond the productivity in a particular role. Those to me are always on display for guys who never shut it down. There are a lot of guys that can play hard when things are going well and swinging the bat well or pitching well. There’s a certain energy that emanates from that player. The guys that stand out as true professionals are the guys that continue to play at that high of a level of intensity and aggressiveness and effort when they’re not playing well or their team is not winning consistently. I always noticed that about Marlon that it didn’t matter the circumstances. He played the game hard and he played it the right way.”

Price was asked if he had a lineup in mind with Byrd part of it and did not have one yet. I’d imagine he’ll go somewhere in the middle of the order.


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