Look! It’s a whole mess o’ links, direct from the home office in Cincinnati, Iowa (population 428):
–C. Trent interviewed Bill James, and part one of that interview is here. It’s great stuff, particularly when James talked about how much he loves…wait for it…Paul Janish!
–Jonny Gomes has had a great spring, but Dusty Baker urges caution about his performance because of the Arizona air, or something. Dusty also uses that as a pretext for heaping even more praise on last year’s first-round pick, Mike Leake.
—Matt Maloney to the bullpen? I don’t know if that’s a good idea, but it is interesting that Travis Wood and Mike Leake are scheduled to get starts in the next week, while Maloney is only scheduled for two innings in his next outing.
–Dusty seems to be leaning toward Chris Dickerson as the starting center fielder. Of course, since the kerfuffle about Drew Stubbs’ spring performance, he’s gone 6-9 with 4 extra-base hits. Last night, he went 3-3, with an inside-the-park homer. Once again, my friends, this is why we don’t base decisions on small sample sizes.
—Good outing for Aaron Harang. He seems to be rounding into form, and he partially credits Reds pitching coach Bryan Price. Price has been a big hit in this, his first camp with the Reds.
–Our old buddy Dmitri Young has retired. Just as exciting, however, is the Tim Birtsas sighting in that article!
–Opening Day is just around the corner. Johnny Bench will be the grand marshal of the parade, and George Grande will throw out the first pitch. I hope Grande says something goofy.