Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday's large collection of Reds notes to close out the work week

+ Here's a great piece by Jim Caple of ESPN where he suggests Bryan Price is likely to be a great manager. "We will see how Price does as a manager but I expect he'll be excellent," wrote Caple. That's certainly music to the ears of Reds fans.

+ Hey, the Reds won a game yesterday! They defeated the Dodgers by a tally of 8-2 for only their second win in their last 12 tries.Wins and losses don't mean much in spring training. Heck, they may not mean anything at all. But it's always nice to win no matter the circumstances.

+ Barry Larkin will be in Cincinnati on Opening Day to help host ESPN's Baseball Tonight coverage. The Reds will open the season with a 4:10 p.m. start time against the Cardinals.

+ Joey Votto hasn't had a very good spring according to the stat sheet. He entered play on Thursday sporting a .200 average with no home runs and 11 strikeouts in 25 at-bats. The former MVP doesn't seem overly concerned though. For what it's worth, neither am I.

+ Fans who still want a shot at obtaining Opening Day tickets through the Reds will get their opportunity Saturday morning. However, it won't be easy. Expect to stand in line for awhile.

+ ESPN ranked the Reds as the 15th-best team in their list of future power rankings on Thursday. It should be noted that Cincinnati ranked 7th on the same list one year ago.

+ Billy Hamilton says he will "steal as many bases as it takes to win a World Series." Marvelous. Simply marvelous.

+ Here's video of Chris Heisey blasting his fourth home run of spring training. Remember, this is the same guy who cracked nearly 20 bombs in 279 at-bats in 2011.

+ Pete Rose is scheduled to speak at a Philadelphia church later this month. As you might imagine, the mere headline of Rose speaking to a religious group is causing a stir.

+ Zachary Thompson of FanSided previews the fantasy baseball implications of Cincinnati's strong starting rotation.

+ Speaking of Rose, our very own Dan Howard featured the all-time hit king in his weekly piece. Basically, Dan compares Rose's gambling vice to that of some of the game's greatest heroes, who weren't exactly free of all wrongdoing themselves.

+ Bob Evans and the Reds have renewed their strategic partnership.

+ By my count, only 17 more days until Opening Day.

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