So a few days into spring training is working it’s way into full swing, and
I’m happy to see things getting back to normal.
Gomes is officially back apart of the ball club. I’ll let you read Mark
Sheldon’s article to get the details, but I really like this decision. Gomes
needs to be a Red, he needs to become an even bigger player to be feared by
pitchers, and he needs to do it in Cincy. He gives us what I would consider a
physical player, a “Rose” like player. He’s not there yet, but I think a little
less pretty boy, and a little more getting dirty is what we need. We lost that
when we lost Freel earlier.
On my other side is Aroldis
Chapman the media is doing a good job of keeping us informed, but I’m
getting a little scared because everything coming out of camp is “he’s good”,
“he’s doing as well as expected”, and so on. Is this because they don’t really
know, or is it because we keep pushing them for updates and that’s all they’ve
got? I’m happy to let go of this story for a while and let him develop, I’d
rather not watch every step he makes.
Speaking of pitchers, it sounds like the 5th spot in the rotation is up for
grabs. Is this just a management call to put some fire under the pitchers to
make spring training a little more interesting? Or is there really not a solid
person to see in this role? Time will tell.
Today I gut says I like the Reds chances of a +.500 season. Sports radio
talk varies us around 3rd and 4th overall, I’m not sure yet if I’m willing to
pigeon hole us there yet. We’ve made the moves, we’ve spent the money, now it’s
a matter of putting it all together. Really what’s not to like?
The day is finally upon us. In just a matter of hours what I consider the starting gun of the baseball season will have fired!
This is the time of year that I get amped up listening to the writers talk about what and who they’ve seen practicing, and then who is and isn’t over hyped.
This is year of course is a special year for the Reds, we are opening a new spring training location in Goodyear, AZ. If you want to see more of what the new complex looks like I would direct you to Better Off Red he’s got the inside track on this because he actually works for the Reds.
So what will we be waiting to hear in the next week? What Aroldis Chapman is going to do. He’s already been throwing according to various sources, but the story out of those throws goes in many different ways. Messaging back and forth with Reds MLB.com writer Mark Sheldon he is recommending waiting till the spring training season begins before passing any kind of judgment.
There are a few players still hanging out there on the line, but this is normal from what I can tell or figure from the wires. The one that concerns me the most is Jonny Gomes. Personally he was a hot and cold player for me. He was a solid player on the field, but was rather cold to the fans. I’m ok with that as long as he’s hot with a bat or something else of note. Which for us he was great, but against the rest of the world…well let’s just say he has some growing to do. I do however have faith he will be a strong player for whoever gets him.
What time is it?
Holy crap it’s February 11th! Ok….ok…ok lots to do, things to prep! Baseball starts in a week!
So here we are, the long off season is just about over and where I said before that the Reds needed to get moving on making trades and changes even though the owners were saying that wasn’t going to happen. Well Walt surprised us. Let’s see some of the highlights both good and bad.
I’m a pessimist so let’s start off with the bad.
1. No more Rosales
Yep… That’s pretty much it.
Ok now with the good.
1. Orlando Cabrera : As reported by the fantasy news on MLB “At no point in his career has Cabrera been a top-tier shortstop, but few have been able to match him for consistency. The veteran journeyman will always play a full slate of games, bat around .280, score at least 80 runs and collect a fistful of steals.”
I don’t think I could have said it better myself. After our time with all stars that fail to produce a man known for his consistency is exactly what this team needs. He’s a strong defensive player with a batting average that plays with .300. So for a team with one of the worst offenses in baseball this is good news.
2. Aroldis Chapman: He is the 30 million dollar mystery man. Was he a great addition, an awesome addition for the future or a grave mistake? No one knows. What I do know is that it took some guts for us to go out there and get him. For now that tells me we are not laying down this season, and that’s a good thing.
3. Willy Taveras: (he’s not even worth linking) WE GOT RID OF HIM!!! And good riddance. We didn’t come out clean of scars from what was supposed to be a great leadoff hitter and the leader of our new small ball, young and fresh team with steals on the brain. We lost Rosales and we picked up Aaron Miles . He’s going to have to prove his worth or I’m going to stay on the bandwagon I started on. Which was to dump him quick! Why?
a. `He’s a Cub
b. There’s nothing stat wise that is better than Willy, and well that’s not good.
c. He’s on the rebound from a horrible year, overachievers never do well coming to Cincy to reclaim what they lost. Also I don’t like the reputation of this being the place you go when you are trying to find yourself again. We don’t need it.
Who was the real winner in this?
How are why? Simple, the fans were getting restless and another year like the last few and attendance was going to go down. The battle was on and this year is either going to be the year the Reds have a positive .500 season or something big was going to have to change. Be it Walt or Baker. Walt knew it and has put his best foot forward. This puts everything back into Dusty’s hands to make it happen. If he doesn’t and if it can be pinned on him I could see this being one of his last years as a Red. So 2010 is the year he has skin in the game. This should be interesting.