Friday, December 28, 2012

Some Reds links to power you through the weekend

Although there isn't much to report on in Reds-related news, there are some Reds-related links floating around the 'net. Here is a collection of the more notable ones:

+ ESPN's Jayson Stark rounded up some of the best "Strange But True" moments from the 2012 MLB season and stuffed them into one post. I'd highly recommend checking it out. His post includes a lot of good nuggets in there.

+ The club's addition of Shin-Soo Choo has finally solidified the leadoff spot. Might the Reds now have the best-looking lineup in the National League? The Bleacher Report's Tyler Duma seems to think so.

+ beat writer Mark Sheldon highlights the five biggest storylines of the Reds season. Cincy's improbable surge once Joey Votto went down to injury is among them.

+ Sheldon also received the chance to catch up with right-hander Sam LeCure for a Q&A session right before Christmas. Here is the transcript of that interview.

+ As most of the you are already aware, former Red Ryan Freel committed suicide at the age of 36 last Saturday. Former Cincinnati Post writer Marc Lancaster, who covered Freel for several years, penned this touching piece in honor of the scrappy utilityman.

+ Fellow Reds blogger Cliff Eastham of Blog Red Machine asks whether or not the team should implement an innings limit on Aroldis Chapman next season.

+ The Indians are set to receive $400 million spread out over 10 years after selling their television rights to FOX Sports on Friday. This will be an increase from the estimated $30 million per year that they had been receiving. The extra revenue likely allowed the team flexibility to sign free agent Nick Swisher earlier this week.

+ Are you interested in seeing the latest World Series odds? Sure, you are.

+ 2011 first round pick Robert Stephenson appears to be on the right track. The right-hander just finished up his first full season of professional baseball in the Reds farm system.

+ Brandon Phillips was recently named by Baseball America as one of the top 50 baseball-related Twitter users. Click here for the full list.

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