These links were compiled by the home office in Big Stone Gap, Virginia:

–Chris Burke fractured his right ring finger yesterday. Less depth for Louisville, at least for a while.

–Chris Dickerson wants a shot at center field; so does Drew Stubbs. All I know is that Stubbs is brilliant defensively, but Dickerson will get on base a lot more. They both have a claim, I guess. Stubbs was the first-rounder, though, so he’s going to get every chance to keep the job.

–Travis Wood wants the fifth spot in the rotation. This hard-hitting journalism brought to you by MLB.com, who accompanies the article with a picture of Wood in a Chattanooga uni, and a caption that reads, “Travis Wood was 9-3 record with a 1.21 ERA at Double-A Chattanooga last year.”

Yeah, Wood played for Carolina last year. Not Chattanooga. (It’s been fixed, but go read it anyway; Mark Sheldon’s profile of Wood here is actually pretty interesting.)

–Speaking of MLB.com, here’s a piece they have up about “Woodjock 2010,” a concert featuring baseball players that sounds just awful. Among the performers, Bronson Arroyo and the Carpal Tunnel Band.

A prospect report on Billy Hamilton, the young shortstop taken by the Reds early in last year’s draft. Hamilton intrigues me, in a Leatherpants sorta way, because of his athleticism. Lots of great athletes flamed out, however. We’ll see if Hamilton can translate that athleticism into great baseball skills.

–Still celebrating the 1990 World Series championship? Have I got a deal for you!

–FSN Ohio announced their Reds schedule yesterday, 145 games of hot Cincinnati Reds action. Today, John Fay reports a rumor that every single game might be broadcast in crystal-clear high definition. That, my friends, would be the best news of the spring. I really hope that’s true.

33 Responses

  1. renbutler

    “FSN Ohio announced their Reds schedule yesterday, 145 games of hot Cincinnati Reds action. Today, John Fay reports a rumor that every single game might be broadcast in crystal-clear high definition. That, my friends, would be the best news of the spring. I really hope that’s true.”

    This is HUGE. For those who haven’t experienced sports on a good HD picture, it might be hard for you to understand. But the quality difference is like night and day.

    I will literally watch more Reds baseball because of this.

  2. JasonL

    Do I detect a little shout out to Neyer there, Mr. Dotson? Nice reference.

  3. Mark in CC

    The piece on Hamilton was excellent. From the way it is written he sounds alot like the Upton brothers. Hopefully the switchitting thing works out for him.

  4. Kurt Frost

    Every game should be broadcast in HD.

  5. al

    i don’t think dickerson is going to get on base “a lot more” than stubbs. in the minors stubbs obp was .364, and dickerson’s was .363. granted dickerson has done better in the majors (.384) but who knows if that will last, and it’s still not a lot better than what we can expect from stubbs.

    that said, i have no problem with dickerson being in the mix at both center field and left. he’s a lefty, gomes and stubbs are both righties, seems natural.

    with 2 lefties (including bruce) you’d think everyone could get enough playing time, and everyone could stay fresh. someone will be the odd man out sometimes, but if you play the hot hand, everyone should get in there plenty.

    • pinson343

      al: but if you play the hot hand, everyone should get in there plenty.

      Dusty doesn’t play the hot hand. Remember his statement: “I’m no front runner.”

      • al

        pinson343: Dusty doesn’t play the hot hand. Remember his statement: “I’m no front runner.”

        i thought about that, and funny thing is, i think he was lying.

        or partially, lying is too harsh. but he did go with gomes when he was hitting, and nix was starting their for a while, and then he slumped and dickerson was playing again.

        i think dusty may be a little bit more stubborn on this than we’d like him to be, but i think the ‘i ain’t no frontrunner’ bit was just clubhouse politics theatre.

        he doesn’t want people to think that if they have an 0fer that they lose their job, which is good, that would be too much pressure, and that’s not a good way to manage. it is a game of ups and downs.

        but everyone knows that eventually you can lose your job to someone who’s playing better. the only real enigma last year was taveras, and i’ll never be able to explain that one away. but neither could i explain away signing him in the first place, so plenty of blame to go around.

        point being, i think these things have a way of sorting themselves out, it’s just a matter of how fast, and dusty is on the ‘old school’ conservative side for sure.

  6. RiverCity Redleg

    Al, that seems logical, so you know that’s not what will happen.

    • RedinFla

      RiverCity Redleg: Al, that seems logical, so you know that’s not what will happen.

      Al – River City said it well a few posts ago. Yep, your analysis sounds logical…

  7. TC

    Big Stone Gap? I have lots of family in Morristown across the border.

    Chad, one great athlete that hasn’t flamed out is Dickerson. I’m actually in favor of having him start in Center Field. He’s right? What else does he need to do (other than not get hurt every other week)?

  8. pinson343

    I like Dickerson, but I’d also like to see him learn to catch the ball when it’s hit to him in LF or RF.
    (In CF he’s great.)

    And if he’s such a great athlete, learn to steal a base.

    • hoosierdad

      pinson343: I like Dickerson, but I’d also like to see him learn to catch the ball when it’s hit to him in LF or RF.(In CF he’s great.)And if he’s such a great athlete, learn to steal a base.

      My question, for a long time, has been why not put Stubbs in LF and put CD in center and play them at the same time. That was Dusty’s lineup automatically has CD leading off and Stubbs hitting 6 or 7. Less pressure on the rookie. I’ve heard Stubbs is great defensively no matter where he plays. CD is best in CF. Doesn’t seem like rocket science to me.

  9. pinson343

    Nice article on Hamilton. It’s good for the Reds to take an occasional flyer on this kind of draft pick.
    But Hamilton may not have made the best choice for himself. The article says it well: “… baseball isn’t a game that always yields in the face of great athleticism.”

    As a guard who scored 35 points a game in his senior year, Mick Cronin should have recruited him for the Bearcats, who can’t shoot.

  10. pinson343

    @al: Right, Al. I was exaggerating, having a little fun with Dusty’s old school conservatism, as we tend to do on this site.

  11. pinson343

    Although I’ve lived in or near NY my whole life, I grew up a Reds fan (obviously) and also a Bearcats college basketball fan. It was a small step for me, going from rooting for Frank Robinson to rooting for Oscar Robertson, who was great beyond words. I was also a Cincinnati Royals fan, that was frustrating.

    Cincinnati wasn’t even on the map in football when I was a kid, my football teams are the Giants and Notre Dame. The recent hostility that Bearcats (football and basketball) fans feel for Notre Dame is a weird thing for me, like two completely disconnected universes colliding. For me Notre Dame means football and the U. of Cincy means basketball.

    Can you tell I’ve been snowbound for 2 days ?

  12. al

    the issue there is that you stop comparing dickerson and stubbs and start comparing dickerson and gomes. or stubbs and gomes.

    is the combo of stubbs/dickerson better than the combo of gomes-dickerson/stubbs?

    i think the reds’ lack of power is why they brought gomes back, and why it made sense. he certainly can’t play center, so he’s gotta play left.

    i think the platoon of gomes and dickerson is the best way to go in left, with the understanding that dickerson can spell stubbs sometimes too, and gomes can spell bruce sometimes too.

  13. RedinFla

    @pinson343:

    Can we tell you’ve been snowbound for two days? Why? ’cause you’re rambling like a lost snowmobile?
    Scary thing is, I’m in sunny Florida and you make perfect sense to me.
    😯

  14. TC

    I love it when Pinson gets going.

    @RedinFla & RCR: You guys really make me laugh.

    I’d really hate to waste Stubb’s defensive skills in Left. Stealing is as much about skill as it is about athleticism. Dickerson has actually gotten worse at it. Not sure why.

    • hoosierdad

      TC: I love it when Pinson gets going. @RedinFla & RCR: You guys really make me laugh. I’d really hate to waste Stubb’s defensive skills in Left. Stealing is as much about skill as it is about athleticism. Dickerson has actually gotten worse at it. Not sure why.

      I can understand not wanting to “waste” his skills in LF, but let’s face it, the CF HAS to lead off. The SS HAS to bat 2nd. CD should be a better leadoff hitter of the 2. Stubbs MAY just be that RH power bat we’ve been saying we need in LF, who just happens to play lights out defense with a cannon for an arm. CD plays lights out defense in CF and not very good defense in LF. Why not at least try it and see what happens? It’s not like if it doesn’t work they can’t change it after 10-12 games or so.

  15. RedinFla

    @pinson343:

    Sorry to hear you have another snowstorm! Enough already!
    Would it make you feel better to know I’ll be watching the Twins’ first full-squad tomorrow (including Jim Thome and Orlando Hudson)?
    Didn’t think so. 8)

    High is only gonna be in the 60’s. Not exactly warm here either, relatively speaking.

  16. TC

    @pinson343: I feel no animosity for Notre Dame. In fact, I’ll probably follow them next year because I’m such a Brian Kelly fan. I’ll be hoping Butch Jones does well, but Brian Kelly is special. If you think there is some uncomfortable feelings with Notre Dame, you should hear what Central Michigan fans are saying about Cincinnati.

    I too grew up a Reds fan on the east coast. BUT… Growing up a Redskins fan, I dislike the Giants 👿 nearly as much as the Cowboys 😈 .

  17. pinson343

    @TC: It’s good to hear that some Bearcats football fans are still Brian Kelly fans, I don’t know the details of how he handled his departure. I learned about the extent of the animosity when Notre Dame’s basketball team came to Cincy to play the Bearcats and Bearcats fans took the trouble to show up and make a lot of noise. I didn’t mind at all, it helped the Bearcats win a close one.

    We do have something in common as far as the NFL goes, both hating “America’s team”.

    BTW in the AFC I root for – guess who – the Bengals. Jets fans are as obnoxious as Mets fans, sorry the Bengals lost that one.

  18. BJ Ruble

    I like Wood, and it will be interesting to see how this 5th starter thing plays out. The thing I like the most about it is that there is 3 left handed pitchers in the mix. When was the last time that there was a good left handed pitcher in the rotation? It’s been a while. I think Wood will be better in the long run that Maloney.

    Hamilton is an interesting case. He is so raw, but has so much upside. It is really hard for me to get too awful excited about guys like him, Juan Duran, etc… until they really pick it up and start to contribute. It’s great to be athletic, but I want to see great ballplayers. Sometimes people get too enamored with the tools rather than just being able to play. Hopefully, he will be able to hit because wether he is playing SS or CF, with his speed, he could be valuable.

    While Dickerson started the season very rough is leftfield (and was downright awful in RF), he really didn’t do bad over the course of the whole season. The thing that frustrates me most about Dickerson is his terrible baserunning. For someone who is so athlectic and quick, he is one of the worst baserunners I have seen. Hopefully someone can instruct him some more this spring to help him out…

  19. TC

    @pinson343: Many here did not respond well to Brian Kelly’s departure. But I think it says more about fans in Cincinnati than Brian Kelly. I truly don’t understand the fans in the Cincinnati area.

    Those same people post at Fay’s blog I think. They are like acid rain. Sometimes you’ll catch them sneaking in here where there are always rainbows and sunshine. 😉

  20. TC

    Gomes is a ballplayer and that is so rare today. Perhaps he’s only a one or two tool player, but he is antruistic and has the intangables of a ballplayer. That is why we love Gomes.

  21. RedinFla

    Hey —
    Saw Harmon Killebrew at the Twins’ workout. That was cool.

  22. wanderinredsfan

    I disagree with this post’s assertion that Dickerson will get on base more than Stubbs. It has yet to be determined and the minor-league stats don’t suggest as much. We are getting caught up in the limited amount of time each has had in the majors. If we use their minor-league numbers to gauge their talent, then they are nearly equals in almost every sense. However, scouts, staff, and fans can all agree that Stubbs is better defensively, and probably has more raw-power and raw-speed, and perhaps more upside.

    I think the edge is in Stubbs’ favor, but Dickerson should keep quiet and let his game do the talking. If he outperforms Stubbs, I guarantee Dusty and others will notice. I think he needs to take the competition as a means to get better, and definetely don’t sulk and complain about the young guy taking his spot. In baseball, there is always a younger stud ready to overthrow the veteran; the truly great veterans are the one’s who can rise to the occassion.

  23. pinson343

    @wanderinredsfan: “Dickerson should keep quiet and let his game do the talking.” Amen. And he should focus on improving all aspects of his game.