From his blog:

FOR THOSE WONDERING: Yes, Brandon Phillips will be the team’s clean-up hitter again this year.

My response…”WHY?”

And, no, Chris Dickerson doesn’t have left field firmly wrapped in his fingers. That’s why Jacque Jones, Jonny Gomes and Laynce Nix are in camp.

Don’t those names just strike fear into the heart of opposing pitchers.

SOME INTERESTING managers and coaches in the system: David Bell, son of former major-league manager and player Buddy Bell, is managing Cincinnati’s new Double-A team in Carolina. Tom Browning is his pitching coach.

Delino DeShields, who stole 463 major-league bases, is the hitting coach at Class A Billings and former major-league pitcher Bob Forsch, who owns two major-league no-hitters, is the Billings pitching coach.

And an entire new staff in Dayton…