Where do you get to see the Reds win three World Series all on one video. Check out the Cincinnati Reds installment of the Vintage World Series Films series. You’ve read about the 1975 and 1976 Reds here but now on a very cool DVD, you can watch highlights of those two World Series. The game six, 1975 highlights are worth the price of this DVD alone but you also get to see the classic game seven as well as the 1976 sweep over the Yankees.
And if that wasn’t enough, you also have the 1990 World Series highlights. For those with a shorter memory, you get to see the Reds dismantle the Bash Brothers in a four game sweep over the Athletics. There’s some great stuff on here with Eric Davis and Paul O’Neill. Oh yeah, don’t forget about the Nasty Boys. Man, this was a good team and a lot of people forgot that while Lou Piniella gets some credit for it, it was actually a team that Pete Rose built before getting booted out of baseball.
If you’re a Reds fan, you’ll love this video. Bottom line.
Alright, I’ve started a new blog. Brian’s decided to put together a network of minor league baseball blogs and I’m throwing my hat into the ring to cover all of the Reds minor league affiliates. So for all of your Reds minor league baseball needs, I encourage you to stop by Reds Minors. You won’t regret and it’s definitely not a trap.
Baseball Prospectus has started unveiling their Top 30 team list with the bottom thirty and lets just say, the Reds don’t make a very good showing. They predict only the Nationals and Marlins will be worse then the Reds with the Royals and Devil Rays being just ahead of them in the standings. He has the Pirates a full three wins ahead of the Reds. Ughh.
And if you want to read one more Reds preview, you can check out mine tomorrow at the Hardball Times. Rest assured there will be plenty of (poor) jokes and plenty of Adam Dunn.
The Reds keep on winning and you hope this carries over into regular season. Adam Dunn was one of the big hitters and he hit his fifth homerun of the spring en route to a two for three day. He drove in one and scored twice. Edwin Encarnacion also went year with a solo shot. That was his third of the spring.
Aaron Harang was kind of iffy yesterday. He only gave up three runs, but he gave up ten hits in five innings. No walks though and he struck out two. Gary Majewski pitched another scoreless inning and Victor Santos threw two shutout innings.
The Reds take on the Twins tonight and Bronson Arroyo gets his final tune up start of the spring. Check it out.
Rheal Cormier and Dustin Hermanson were touched up for four late runs as the Reds lost to Phillies 6-2. Cormier was particularly knocked around as he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. In the meantime, Kyle Lohse was decent in his start. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 4 1/3.
Edwin Encarnacin was the offense for the Reds. His two run shot in the second inning accounted for both Reds runs. He was also the only Red with more then one hit.
This is the part of the year where the spring games start losing their appeal. The players are going through the motions, hoping nobody gets hurt and the REAL season is less then a week away. And speaking of opening day, Aaron Harang will get the start. No surprise there.
The Reds didn’t get a hit until the seventh inning yesterday afternoon but that didn’t stop them from winning the game because they touched up reliever Craig Hansen for five runs in the seventh. Daisuke Matsuzaka threw the five no hit innings and won the battle, but the Reds won the war.
In the meantime, Bobby Livingston, who’s fighting for a spot on the rotation, proved his worth. He threw five scoreless innings and gave up only one hit with four strikeouts. Gary Majewski made his spring debut and pitched a scoreless inning and in all, Livingstone and four relievers pitched a three hitter. Not too shabby.
At the plate, the Reds didn’t get many hits (3) but they drew a bunch of walks (7) and Hansen and actually had a run score on a HBP. Javier Valentin capped off the fifth inning with a two run single.
The end result is the Reds sixteenth win and they have the best winning percentage of any team in either the Cactus or Grapefruit League. They’ll go for win number 17 tonight against the Phillies.
While Josh Hamilton has justifiably gotten a lot of attention with his great spring, you don’t hear too much about the Reds other Rule 5 pickup, Jared Burton. The right handed pitcher was drafted by the Athletics in the eighth round of 2002 but he missed chunks of 2003 and 2004 because of shoulder problems. He made his minor league debut in 2004 in the Arizona League and he was pretty mediocre in five starts there. He also got some time at Single A in 2004 but he really found his stride at High A in 2005 as a reliever. He struck out 67 and walked only 20 in 55 1/3 innings and he posted a solid 2.60 ERA as the team’s closer. He also won closer of the year in the California League. Then he came back down to earth last year at Double A but was decent in the Arizona Fall League..
He was recently profiled over at Baseball America. He still might not make the team but you can’t argue with his solid spring. He’s given up a few runs (four in 7 1/3 innings) but he’s struck out nine. He could be a keeper and we’ll have to put him on the 25 man roster if we’re going to keep him.
Yeah, the Reds lost but there’s some good to take out of it. Kirk Saarloos pitched the final three frames and while he gave up an unearned run enroute to a loss, he struck out four and gave up only three hits with no walks. Matt Belisle wasn’t too bad either. He gave up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts in four frames.
There’s not much to say about the offense. Drew Stubbs had two hits and a run and Josh Hamilton had the only extra base hit of the game for the Reds with a triple.
Next up is the Red Sox and the games on ESPN today in less then two hours. Dice-K will be on national TV against the Reds while Bobby Livingston will get the start for the Reds.
By Thaq Diesel
For once I can see why sports figures are bugged so much by the media. Reporters just won’t leave Junior Griffey alone about the move to right field. They keep testing him to see if he’ll crack and start to complain about it. To his credit, he’s stood by the party line. He went into the clubhouse without talking to reporters after his last game, however.
Of course he’s irritated about the switch (so quit asking him about it). It’s a slight demotion. How would you feel if you were moved from a premiere project at work to different project that was still important but not the most high profile? Imagine you were told that the switch was made because the other person was faster at their job and probably a better fit for the organization? Sure you want the company to do well, but it’s going to piss you off. You’ve been the star employee since you started working for this company. Now the company has acknowledged that your skills are slipping. The company also thinks you get injured too often using the three-hole punch.
As an added bonus, there are reporters asking you about the job switch as you leave the office and head to your car. How long will it take before you snap and say how irritated you are? So for the sake of Junior, enough with the questions and discussions about the move to right field. I know Spring Training is long and you’re running out of things to write about, but move on!
Ken Griffy, Jr. made his spring debut today after nursing his broken hand. The end result was a two for four outing including a double. Not too bad although it was against some pretty mediocre pitching (Adam Eaton and some relievers I’ve never heard of). The big man was Adam Dunn though, who continues his awesome spring. He brought his batting average up to .439 and he drove in four runs. In addition, he hit his fourth homerun of the spring while Brandon Phillips hit his fifth. Edwin Encarnacion had three hits including a triple and he drove in one.
On the pitching side, Bronson Arroyo looked sharp. He threw six shutout innings and gave up only five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Then Victor Santos, Todd Coffey and Dustin Hermanson each threw a scoreless frame to finish out the game.
Also, the Reds still lead the Grapefruit League with a 15-7 record. Not too shabby and it sure would be nice if they could carry some of this into the regular season.