Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thursday's version of Reds notes and news

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Well, we are officially one day closer to the beginning of spring training. Reds pitchers and catchers are expected to arrive at the team's complex in Goodyear, Arizona next Friday, which is also the same day that millions of Americans fret about what to get their sweethearts. Fear not, though. You still have some time to come up with something special for your better half. In the meantime, kick up your feet and get up on all the latest Reds-related happenings from Thursday.

+ Some believe Cincinnati's window of opportunity to win a World Series is closing. That may or may not be the case. But Joel Reuter of the Bleacher Report is among those who believe that the aforementioned window has already slammed shut.

+ On Friday, March 28, the Reds will pay a visit to their Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, Florida for what should be a festive affair. Dennis Pillion of al.com provided some insight on how fans can obtain tickets for this game in his post published this afternoon.

+ Last night, our very own Jesse Welte posited whether or not the Reds are better off signing Homer Bailey to an extension. Click on the link to see what he had to say. And if that alone isn't alluring enough for you, please know that the post includes stick people drawings of Bailey and Johnny Cueto. Enough said.

+ Johnny Bench and Don Sutton will talk baseball in Rancho Mirage, California tonight to help raise money for the construction of a new school. The event will include ballpark-style food, photo opportunities, and a Q & A session. It's sure to be good time for all who attend.

+ Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Bronson Arroyo no longer seeks a three-year deal and is willing to accept one that includes two years, instead.
+ Sherman also tweeted today that former Reds outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds, who played in Cincinnati from 1998-99, has been named a special assistant in the player program development for the MLBPA.

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com writes that promising outfield prospect Jesse Winker is getting back to basics this offseason. The 20-year-old, who has been consistently ranked among the organization's top five prospects by multiple rankings, has been working hard in preparation of this upcoming year.

+ The Reds rank ninth on David Schoenfield's list of best MLB teams from 12-7. That was one spot better than the Oakland A's, but one spot behind the Atlanta Braves.

+ Aside from the announcement that a Ken Griffey Jr. bobblehead would be the giveaway for a home game in June, the Reds also announced yesterday that Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce will be featured in giveaways, too. These are in addition to the previously announced bobblehead giveaways of Aroldis Chapman and the dual-bobble of Bailey.

+ Lastly, a happy birthday goes to Reds prospect Donald Lutz, whose monthly car insurance premium is primed to go down now, as the German native turns 25.

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