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  • JinAZ has a look at Ken Griffey Jr..
  • SI has some praise for the Reds front office:
    New general manager Wayne Krivsky quickly made his mark with two moves that have been central to his club's strong start: He traded outfielder Wily Mo Peña to Boston for right-hander Bronson Arroyo (9 -4, 2.58) in March, then dealt a lightly regarded prospect to Cleveland for second baseman Brandon Phillips (.314, seven homers, 43 RBI) in April. Both players should be in Pittsburgh for the All-Star Game on July 11.
  • This is a great deal:
    The new "4 for $48" ticket program means fans can purchase four View Level tickets, four hot dogs and four 24-ounce soft drinks for $48.
  • Castellini says the Reds are buyers:
    "We made that commitment early, when we bought the team -- if we were contenders," said Castellini. "And it sure looks as if we're contenders. We know we have to improve in certain areas."
  • Wayne Krivksy is pretty high on the minor league system. What I like is that he's so realistic about things, but still optimistic. I always felt like Dan O'Brien wanted to point at the minor leagues as the answer, but without really knowing how to make them better.
  • It's getting really bad in Pittsburgh. Jason Bay is now speaking out about wanting changes:
    "At the beginning of the year, I would have said, `Yes,"' Bay said when asked if the current group of Pirates could be winners. "But I don't know if this is the group to get it done."

    Very diplomatic, but this, along with the Iratefans website getting all kinds of publicity points to a lot of unease in Pittsburgh. I'd say it's fair to say that they're the new Kansas City, since the Royals have gone ahead and hired a new GM. The Pirates need a new owner and an entirely new front office, and I don't see them getting better until that happens. My biggest fear is that Mark Cuban will buy the team. It'd be great for Pirates fans, but bad for other NL Central teams.