Baseball is in the air, folks. Hallelujah.
+ CincinnatiMagazine.com has an in-depth look at the "complicated life" of Reds southpaw Aroldis Chapman. The piece includes insight on Chapman's performance on the field, his off-the-field issues, and his defection from Cuba. It really is an interesting read and I would recommend the article to any baseball fan in general.
+ John Fay hits on several key points from spring training including the battle for the last position player on the roster, the team's relative youth, Bronson Arroyo's apparent sickness, and an update on the Reds prospect who was critically injured in an auto accident last season.
+ Mark Sheldon shared a few notes from Friday's full-squad workout in this post. He observed that Joey Votto showed no ill effects of his surgically repaired left knee and also that new catcher Miguel Olivo apparently was crushing balls over the fence during batting practice, among other things.
+ Speaking of Votto, the former National League MVP is really anxious to test out his knee on an everyday basis. See what he had to say in particular by following this link to the AP story.
+ You may have heard that the Los Angeles Dodgers struck it big with a new television deal recently that will pay them $280 million a year for the next two and a half decades. But did you know that the Reds may be one of the next in line to receive a bump in TV money? Yes, the Reds' current contract doesn't expire until 2016, but they may score a deal a lot earlier in that. See how much they could possibly receive, according to the Cincy Biz Blog.
+ The Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that top prospect Billy Hamilton will likely begin the season in Triple-A with the Bats. No real surprise here. Hopefully we see the speedster in Cincinnati at some point during the regular season -- most likely near the end.
+ FOX Sports Ohio released its television schedule for the upcoming 2013 season. The network is slated to broadcast 145 of the 162 regular season games this year.
+ In case you missed it, Scott Rolen announced that he won't be in Reds camp this spring. However, the well-traveled veteran stopped short of declaring retirement.
+ Ace Johnny Cueto says he is fully recovered from the oblique strain he suffered during Game 1 of the NLDS. Cueto exited the game after tossing just eight pitches and missed the remainder of the series. Of course, the Reds blew a 2-0 series lead and eventually fell to the Giants in five games.
+ The first exhibition game of the spring campaign will take place next Friday (Feb. 22) at Goodyear Ballpark against the Indians. The Reds will then have a game virtually every day until the end of March. Opening Day will take place on April 1 against the Angels.