Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday's batch of Reds news and notes


+ Budding radio connoisseur Joey Votto went on the air with Lance McAlister again Wednesday night. You can listen to audio of the full interview right here if you haven't heard it already.

+ Recap of Thursday's spring training affair against the Indians can be found here. Johnny Cueto got the start and threw two innings of shutout ball. Judging by this tweet from C. Trent Rosecrans, the weather was super nice.
+ A lot of fans have scoffed at the signing of Skip Schumaker this offseason. Yes, he may not be an impact player per se, but I really think he's going to be a great addition for the Reds this year. He's versatile, he's experienced, and he knows what it takes to win. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com highlighted these traits in a recent feature piece of Schumaker.

+ David Schoenfield of ESPN's SweetSpot Blog has the over/under on wins for every team in Major League Baseball. Yesterday, I told you that the over/under for the Reds has been set at 84.5.

+ As part of our week-long preseason position series, Jon previewed the infielders this morning. I agree with Jon's assessment that the Reds could have one of the best infields in baseball in 2014. For that to happen, Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier will have to elevate their individual performances. Meanwhile, we can expect that Votto and Brandon Phillips should do just fine.

+ Cory Collins of Blog Red Machine posits whether Jay Bruce is overrated or underrated. Consistency seems to be the issue for Bruce. Not overall production.

+ Say what you want about Phillips, but I will always be indebted to the hospitality he showed @willpower36 and I during a weekend trip to Denver in 2011. If you've never heard the story, Will won one of those Twitter contests BP used to hold and was allowed to take one friend. Thankfully, he chose me and the rest is history. You can read all about our trip by visiting this post. Anyways, the picture at the top shows the three of us eating at some fancy steak restaurant. That's me on the right wearing the Cincinnati shirt. Yes, I ordered filet mignon and yes it was delicious.

+ In your non-related Reds news of the day, it has come to my attention that the San Diego Padres are offering fans the chance to win free season tickets in an upcoming "Swing for your Seats" promotion. Basically, a fan must drill a home run at Petco Park in order to win the prize, which is a lofty goal for any casual fan to achieve, but at least it's possible.

+ Also, it appears Adam Dunn has made up his mind and he is heading to the Oscars.

+ In case you missed it, news and notes from Wednesday.

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