Baseball Reference normally pulls out all the stops to ensure that we, the baseball consumers, have every last bit of baseball data at our fingertips, and they're dang good at doing it. Today, they finally added Cuban League stats to their database, meaning that now you can check out Raisel Iglesias' 8.1 K/9 from 2012, the ridiculous 11.1 K/9 Aroldis Chapman put up for Sabuesos de Holguin as an 18 year old, and the bajillionty dingers Jose Abreu honked prior to getting to the Chicago White Sox. With the recent thawing in relations between Cuba and the US, this is something you'll want to have handy going forward...like when the Reds sign Yoan Moncada.
It's essentially a 2-year extension, as the previous player development contract was good through 2016. In his presser, new Bats manager Delino "Bat Meat" DeShields expressed his desire to model the team after a now defunct franchise, saying "If I were to put a club together it would be like the Montreal Expos. I want to put the ball in play and run the bases." Go Bats! Looking forward to seeing Corky Miller on the staff sooner rather than later, once he turns Jose Ortiz into Buster Posey in Dayton.
If this were June, July, or August, you'd all be knee deep in fresh memories of how absoludicrous Aroldis Chapman is at hurling baseballs. But since it's February and you may have temporarily forgotten, join Mike Petriello in reveling in the Cincinnati fireballer's prowess. It's all stupid. Just completely, ridiculously, unfathomably stupid.
SN's Jesse Spector has been working his way through prior broadcasts from each MLB team since last year, and his latest venture had him take in a Thom Brennaman call of a Reds/Rockies game from May of last season. Read through his review of Thom's time on the mic and - HOLY MOSES - you'll find that you, Reds fans, aren't the only ones who spend much of the time wondering what the heck is actually going on on the field. Check Spector's rankings at the bottom, too, and - ALL OF A SUDDEN - you'll find that the calls of Reds games stack up against the rest of baseball about as well as the team's OBP.
I'm not exactly sure that playing a player at catcher 145 times a season is a good idea, nor do I think signing a player to 28 million guaranteed buckaroonies and then planning to play him at the sport's most rigorous position 145 times a season is. Regardless, that appears to be what Bryan Price and the Reds have in mind, according to Hal McCoy. The Reds' pattern of making decisions that completely baffle me continues though, it seems, and Aaron Gleeman is equally as confused with this decision.
I was reading the great piece on Cueto/Sherzer, and started looking around at player comps on Baseball Reference, and got scared when I looked up Homer. His #1 comp for age 27 & 28 was Joe Blanton. There is hope, his age 28 #2 comp is James Shields
This is the first post in Red Reporter history. Revisit it today. Happy 10th, RR.
He's ours. We got him.
The Reds have announced they inked journeyman right-handed hurler Jason Marquis to a minor league deal with an invite to Major League camp. So, that's something. Marquis's last ML appearance occurred in the friendly confines of Petco Park in sunny San Diego, California. INSIDER ALERT: Our own Johnny F. Weezy saw Marquis in action on occasion, and reports Marquis showed a little something left in the tank. However, he had Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2013, and struggled in the minors last season. Maybe one more year into rehab he can round back into shape and be decent depth. At age 36, almost one full year removed from his last major league appearance and one TJ surgery later, maybe he can't. Stay tuned, I guess?