–Pitchers and catchers report to spring training at the Reds’ new facility in Goodyear, Arizona, on February 18. The Reds have released a list of players who have been invited to major league camp, and there is one notable name missing. How in the #$@#@ do the Reds invite Alexander Smit and Phillippe Valiquette, but fail to invite Matt Klinker?
–Ummmm…the Enquirer’s headline here scares me to death: “Aroldis Chapman getting accustomed to the Cincinnati Reds’ way“. Good grief, I hope not.
Kidding aside, it’s awesome that new pitching coach Bryan Price speaks Spanish. As the Reds try to position themselves as a good option for Latin American players, having a bilingual pitching coach to go along with Mario Soto roaming around the minor leagues is a great idea.
–Mark Sheldon reports that Chris Heisey wants to play in the big leagues in 2010. Heisey certainly did everything he could last year to put himself in a good position to realize his dream.
–The Reds and Dodgers are going to play in Vegas at the end of spring training. Sounds like a good excuse for a road trip!
–Shawn looks back at the 1976 Reds, and we all know how much fun that is for fans of the present-day franchise.
–RedLegs Baseball continues its series by profiling 2007 #1 draft pick Devin Mesoraco.
–This is what happens when you procrastinate. Red Reporter has begun a “Visitor’s Guide” series for Cincinnati. One of our loyal commenters suggested that very thing a long time ago, and it’s one of the items on my to-do list. I have a lot of thoughts and opinions on “best practices” when visiting the Queen City for Reds-related activities, so I’ll probably get around to our own guide soon. In the meantime, check out RR’s; it’s good stuff.