Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weekend links: Votto, Leake, Blaze



I hope everyone is having a stellar weekend as we inch closer to May. If the April showers have dampened your spirits, let us some re-lift them with some Reds-related links for the weekend:

* Joey Votto has struckout at a higher rate than usual this season. However, Matt Synder of CBSSports.com doesn't necessarily believe that's a bad thing. See his reasoning by following this link to his piece.

* Speaking of Votto, Hall of Fame writer Hal McCoy offers a suggestion to those who are concerned about the slugger's slow start. LINK.

* Votto's contract extension includes many perks, but a hotel suite isn't one of them. The Washington Post has a detailed breakdown of the deal in the following article.

* Mike Leake recorded his fourth straight sub-par outing in the Reds' 6-4 loss to the 'Stros on Friday. Dusty Baker doesn't think it's reason for panic though, write John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

* Former Red and now retired major leaguer Dmitri Young is the unlikely owner of a huge rookie card collection. Read all about his card collecting escapades in this write-up by Yahoo! Sports' Steven Henson.

* One Yahoo! Sports contributor and Reds fan offers up his top five Big Red Machine members in the following post.

* Not all Reds fans were pleased with the team's decision to honor UK's John Calipari this past Tuesday, writesESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan. The coach of the regining national champion Wildcats drew the ire of fans as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch against the Giants.

* Should Baker make an effort to play Todd Frazier more? A resounding yes comes from Rodney Southern in his latest piece.

* Single-A Bakersfield ripped off their 11th win-in-a-row on Friday, defeating the Modesto Nuts (yes, that's a real team) 7-0. You can read the game recap here.

* On one final note, Bill Bray began his rehab assignment on Friday. The left-handed reliever joined Triple-A Louisville for their weekend series in Norfolk.

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