It's Cardinals weekend here in the Queen City, and you can read all about that with JinAZ's Series Preview. Not a lot of Reds related news after the off day, but here's some links to take you through the afternoon.
C. Trent sat down with Bryan Price on Wednesday to chat about what it's been like in his first 44 games as a manager. There's a good deal of manager-speak in there, but I found the discussion of the differences between coaching and managing to be pretty interesting.
It's completely different than coaching, because I don't really do much coaching, at all. Now it's a matter of trying to manage the players and the 25-man roster and stay on top of what's going on in our player development system and look at options and speak daily with Walt about the ball club and immerse myself in the coaching staff and try to stay constantly in touch with every player, which is very, very difficult. Very challenging. Dealing with you guys a couple of times a day.
Over at FanGraphs, David Laurila has a Q&A with Pedro Martinez. Laurila's interviews are always fascinating to me, and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. Pedro is hands down my favorite pitcher ever. I would love to go back in time and be able to watch every single start of his unreal run from '99-'00. In addition to being one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game, Pedro is one the the greatest characters to play the game.
Pitching is feel. Your hand and the ball is a marriage that should never end. The pitcher and the ball should be married forever. Hands, fingers, the ball – they should be married forever. It’s like caressing your wife. It’s touching and getting that feel to know her, alone. It’s the same thing with a baseball.
Draft day is approaching, and we hope that the Thundering Turtle will poke his head out of his shell soon. Over at the mothership, Craig Goldstein has the consensus picks from six different expert mocks. With the 19th pick, the consensus mock has the Reds selecting Sean Reid-Foley, one of the top prep arms in the draft.
And finally, from the Briz, here's Tigers utility infielder Danny Worth showing off a knasty knuckler: