Thursday, March 1, 2012

Notes, quotes and a pivotal vote

Happy Thursday everyone. It's been another busy week around Reds camp lately, so here are some notable links, notes, and quotes to help you get caught up on things:

* Jim Caple of recently ranked the uniforms of all 30 MLB teams. See where he ranked the Reds and the rest of the clubs here. But whatever you do, take it with a grain of salt. The list was made strictly for kicks and giggles.

* 3B Juan Francisco is still sidelined with a strained right calf. His condition is listed as day-to-day. LHP Bill Bray is also being held out because of a sore groin. He's not expected to miss significant time.

* Former Reds GM Jim Bowden suggests the team would benefit in the long-run if they started LHP Aroldis Chapman in Triple-A this season. Click here to read more.

* The club will hold a two-inning intrasquad scrimmage on Friday. Those scheduled to pitch include Andrew Brackman, Josh Judy, Donnie Joseph and Nick Christiani.

* Cincinnati extended the contract of newly-acquired LHP Sean Marshall on Monday. You can read Mark Sheldon's writeup on it here.

* MLB could finalize the new 2012 postseason format as early as today, according to multiple media outlets. The Players Union and MLB agreed to the addition of one Wild Card team per league for 2013 back in November, but commissioner Bud Selig strongly lobbied for the new format to begin this year instead. The expanded system will allow for three division winners and two Wild Card teams per league. The two Wild Card recipients will engage in a one-game playoff to vie for the right to advance to the Division Series -- where they'll face the team with the league's best record.

* The well-traveled Brett Tomko is happy to be back with the Cincy organization. Check out Sheldon's feature article on the 38-year old by following this link. Here's a quote from Tomko from the piece: "Getting to be older and coming to the end, I always wanted to come back to Cincinnati. My whole career, I thought if there was any opportunity to get back here, I would try to do it. When I was younger, I saw a lot of guys recycling back through and I just thought that was cool, coming full circle."

* Hal McCoy of writes about how newcomer Mat Latos is adjusting to life on his new team in the following article. Here's a quick excerpt from that piece in case you're pinched for time: “You look at it, and it is obvious to say that Cincinnati wanted me and it was worth it to them to trade those four guys. And San Diego thought the complete opposite. They thought those four guys were more valuable to them than I was. So, the Reds did themselves a favor and me a favor, if I wasn’t that valuable or important to the Padres. And they got a great deal — four good guys for me. And it is out of no disrespect to them by me saying they did me a favor or them a favor. They got me to a team that wanted me more." -Latos reflecting back on being traded

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