Some news and notes from around the interwebs:
–MiLB.com has a pretty good feature on Todd Frazier. The good news is the confirmation that Frazier will be playing primarily third base down at Louisville. There’s also this, on Frazier’s reaction to the Opening Day/Alfredo Simon fiasco:
“It’s an unfortunate circumstance, but it happens,” Frazier said. “I wanted to be with the team. It would have been my first Opening Day, and that would have been cool to experience.
“But I understand that I need to get on a roll and get back up there. I know I can play there, and they know that, too.”
Frazier admitted it isn’t easy to keep a good attitude after that disappointment.
“I’d be lying if I said that it was,” he said. “At first, it was a shock. When they told me, I realized I had to take a couple of hours to get it out of my system.
“But I realized there was nothing I could do, so I’m trying to step up to the plate and prove that I belong there.”
While Frazier struggled coming out of the gate — he batted .188 with a homer and three RBIs in his first eight games with the Bats — Louisville manager David Bell said he likes Frazier’s attitude.
Read the entire piece. I hope we see Frazier in Cincinnati sooner rather than later. (More on that possibility in a moment.)
–News you can use: an OMG review of the helmet nachos at Great American Ballpark. As always, we maintain that any food tastes better when eaten out of a Reds helmet.
–The last question answered by Hal McCoy here is the reason why these newspaper mailbag columns are as bad an idea as sports radio call-in shows: they bring out the mouthbreathers.
Q: In the case of Joey Votto, why are the Reds now paying what amounts to more than $21 million a year for a player who canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hit .200? Ã¢â‚¬â€ Richard, Springboro
–Perhaps Brandon Phillips isn’t hurt after all. But Miguel Cairo is. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cairo placed on the DL, and Frazier recalled to take his roster spot.
—Maybe the Reds will be alright after all. Yeah, I think so.