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Red Reposter - 3/24/09

  • Ken Rosenthal has spoken to a few "rival executives" who have criticized the Reds for the Taveras signing.  Since when is RR considered a "rival executive"?  Weird choice of words there Rosie.  Anyway, here's the blurb:  "The Reds instead could have alternated Chris Dickerson and Jerry Hairston in center and pursued a right-handed hitting left fielder such as Josh Willingham in a trade or Ty Wigginton as a free agent. Willingham would make sense in a platoon with Dickerson ..."  Apparently Rosie hasn't heard of a particular badass named Jonny "I call your mother by her first name" Gomes.
  • In case you hadn't heard, Alex Gonzalez tweaked a hamstring in yesterday's game and left early.  Fortunately, it sounds like it's not too serious.  He says he'll be back in a few days.
  • Here's a cute little quote from Mr. Baker courtesy of Jonathan Mayo, who is sitting in for Mark Sheldon on his blog for a few days:  "It seems like we're not hitting because we're not getting hits."  At least he's handsome.
  • If you haven't been counting, Edinson Volquez now has pitched 14 straight scoreless innings this spring.  He shutout the Jays yesterday for 5 innings, striking out 5 and walking 2. 
  • Now that the WBC is over, Ramon Hernandez is finally back in Reds camp.  He now has 2 weeks to get to know his new pitching staff.
  • It looks like the Marlins have finally gotten their wish, as Miami-Dade County has approved the construction of a new retractable-roof ballpark on the old Orange Bowl site.  This one is a bit of a prickly pear.  I'm sure there are a number of different opinions on this one, and I'll refrain from editorializing here.
  • Former Red (and Red Reporter favorite) Paul Bako had 4 hits yesterday for the Cubs, including his first HR of the spring.  This isn't a particularly Reposter-worthy event, but it made me smile.