Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday roundup: Links, notes and quotes



Happy Saturday to all you Reds heads out there! While the Redlegs are busy battling the Pinstripes in NYC, I've been busy rounding up all these links, quotes and notes for y'all to dive into this weekend:

- “We’re going to try and get every win we can. We’re a good team. I don’t think we’re a .500 team. I think we’re better than that. These are the types of wins good teams get. This is not a special win. If you want to be a good team, you have to get these types of wins.”Joey Votto after his walkoff grand slam gave his team a 9-6 victory last Sunday

- “You don’t sleep in New York, even when you just go to your room. There is noise. Doors slamming all day and night. People coming in at 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning. Nobody in the town sleeps. You’ve got sirens and horns. You don’t sleep. The second thing is, when you leave New York, you think somebody broke in your room and stole some money because you are always coming up light. It’s true, I’m on the 52nd floor checking my windows. I remember the first time I went there, I had a burger, fries and a drink and it was $20…I ate it slower. I enjoyed every bite.” -Dusty Baker on playing in the Bronx

Leake delivered a much-needed
quality outing his last time out

- “I felt like I needed to do something. I was kind of a hole in the rotation. It was a matter of time before I was going to come around. I need to string a few together. I’m not going to put pressure on myself to do it. I’m going to go out with the same attitude I had tonight.” -Mike Leake on the pressure of putting forth a good outing on Wednesday

Links:

- Ken Rosenthal says Arlodis Chapman's time as a starter is coming, just not yet. And at least one current Red doesn't necessarily believe the left-hander would be effective as a starter.

- Cincinnati native and current Boston Red Sox INF Kevin Youkilis has expressed a desire to come back and play for the hometown Reds. However, would he be a good fit, asks Cincinnati.com's Paul Doughtery?

- That question regarding Youk could be all for nothing as Jocketty tells John Fay that the team isn't looking to add help at 3B.


What's Pete been up to lately?
- Baseball hit king Pete Rose is the subject of ESPN's latest 30 for 30 series. You can watch the 8-minute video here.

- Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLBTR.com breaks down the team's contract issues for next season.

- Baseball owners approved a change of the AL and NL Division Series from a 2-2-1 format to a 2-3 one on Thursday. It will give the team with home-field advantage the last three games of the 5-game series. The move was made to accomodate MLB's new 1-game wild-card round, and will take effect immediately.

- For what it's worth, David Schonefield isn't too fond of the new format. For what it's worth, neither am I. I preferred the 2-2-1 setup.

- Remaining in Cincinnati has helped Votto stay comfortable as opposed to Albert Pujols' move to LA, writes Danny Knobler.

Notes:

- According to STATS LLC, the Reds series vs the Mets and Yankees mark the seventh time that a visiting team will play consecutively both MLB teams in a shared market, and it's the first time it has ever happened in New York City.

- Votto has the longest active on-base streak in the majors entering Friday (27).

- The Reds released left-hander Ron Mahay from Triple-A Louisville, according to the International League transactions page. The 40-year old inked a minor league contract with the team prior to the season after playing for the Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Cardinals in 2011. He posted a 1-0 record and 4.50 ERA in 14 appearances spanning 18 innings.

- ESPN announced on Friday morning that they will air the June 10th home game vs the Tigers on Sunday Night Baseball. The Reds are also slated to play in Sunday's national spotlight on July 15th vs the Cardinals.

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