Sunday, April 8, 2012

A basket full of Reds links


Happy Easter to all of you loyal Redlegs Review readers out there! Hopefully the Easter Bunny made a stop at your place last night, but if not, don't fret for I've gathered up a basket full of Reds-related reading for you guys. So, go ahead and grab you a Peep (or two) and dive right in!

* Apparently, a rash of counterfeit tickets were sold for Opening Day on Thursday. Cincinnati police are currently investigating the matter.

* Mat Latos didn't take his sub-par performance in his Reds debut lightly, writes John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Although his first outing as a Red wasn't too impressive, fans have to be pleased at the way he's handling the situation. We're likely to see a more relaxed, more effective Latos in his second time around.

* Earlier this week, Fay also hinted at the prospects of the team hosting an All-Star game as soon as 2015 -- although an exact date has yet to be announced.

* Five Reds players are joining forces with Players for the Planet in an effort to properly recycle old electronics in the community. You can read the full details here.

* New Double-A Dayton pitching coach and Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning is downplaying his accomplishments, while glorifying the big leagues, writes David Jablonski of the Dayton Daily News.

* Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy addresses a multitude of questions, including whether or not the team should consider sticking Homer Bailey in the 'pen, in his latest Q & A piece.

* CBSSports.com's Trent C. Rosecransis impressed by Aroldis Chapman's slider. Yeah, who isn't, Trent?

* Brandon Phillips remains mum on the progress (or lack thereof) of his possible contract extension, according to this release by the Associated Press.

* Here's ESPN.com's recap of Saturday's 8-3 defeat to the hands of The Fish...if you dare to read it.

* If you haven't already seen, here's a breakdown of Votto's new ten-year extension, in addition to my take on how the team plans to afford it.

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