Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A slew of Tuesday notes about the Reds


+ Joey Votto was at it again Monday night. For the third week in a row, Votto went on the air with 700 WLW's Lance McAlister for a candid on-air interview. Listen here.

+ McAlister wasn't the only local sports guy interviewing members of the Reds on Monday. Mo Egger of ESPN1530 did so as well. Have a listen at Egger's interview with new skipper Bryan Price.

+ Just a little heads up for those of you planning on attending the Opening Day Parade, the route has been altered a bit due to streetcar construction. Full details can be found here.

+ With spring training set to start on Monday, take a look at Mark Sheldon's preview of Cincinnati's upcoming season. Sure, expectations may not be as high as it was in previous years, but there is still plenty of talent and promise on this roster. And that's something to look forward to.

+ Sports Illustrated assigned report cards for every MLB team based on their offseasons. The Reds received a woeful grade of D-. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. The only silver lining with this is the Pirates received an offseason grade of F. So, perhaps that will help ease the pain?

+ Pitching prospect David Holmberg is not expected to crack Cincy's starting rotation in 2014. But that doesn't mean he isn't trying to. There's a nice article up on the Louisville Bats' website about how Holmberg, the 8th-best prospect in the farm system, is preparing himself for a stint in the major leagues, if called upon. You may remember that the southpaw was acquired in the three-team trade with Arizona and Tampa Bay that sent Ryan Hanigan to the Rays.

+ Shockingly, Billy Hamilton was named a "top impact prospect" for the 2014 season by ESPN Insider Keith Law. In other news, the sky is blue, the grass is green, and water is wet.

+ A new exhibit called Kings of the Queen City is set to open to the public inside the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Friday. The exhibit showcases the storied and long history of the Reds. If you've never been inside the museum, I highly recommend that you do so in the near future. It's pretty awesome.

+ Nick Travieso, Cincy's first round pick in the 2012 draft, took some time to open fan mail today, judging by his Twitter account. That's pretty cool, huh?
+ Lastly, in response to the ESPN article profiling Aroldis Chapman's offseason, Paul Daughtery of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Chapman needs to realize he's apart of something greater than himself. The ESPN article, written by Eli Saslow, doesn't exactly depict the Reds closer in the best light, saying he sleeps in until sunset, would rather hit in the batting cages than workout, and is generally bored of life and baseball, among other things. The Reds claim some of the stuff in the article is fabricated. For those of you who have ever seen the movie Shattered Glass, perhaps Saslow is the second coming of former New Republic journalist Stephen Glass, who rose to fame by creating stories filled with fake sources, quotations, and fictitious events?

Photo: Mr. Redlegs (CincinnatiUSA.com)

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