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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bronson Arroyo And Reds Back Together Again

Arroyo Pitches Live Batting Practice

Bronson Arroyo threw live batting practice after missing 2 ½  years with elbow and shoulder injuries.  He hasn’t faced live hitters since July 2 of last season, the second of two rehab starts with the Washington Nationals.

Three young players were in the group that he faced; Gabriel Guerrero, Brendon Dixon and Aristides Aquino.  Guerrero is the nephew of former Montreal slugger Vladimir Guerrero and former Reds' infielder Wilton Guerrero.

“When Bronson throws batting practice, it really looks like he is throwing batting practice,” manager Bryan Price said.  “He uses a screen.  Most pitchers don’t.  He throws all fastballs.  He just gets the ball and throws it.  As long as he’s been in the game he has developed a routine that works for him.”

The young hitters faced a pitcher they’ve heard about.

“It’s a neat experience for the young players,” Price said.  “Sometimes you get lost in the moment, you don’t think what it’s like for young hitters to face Bronson Arroyo or Johnny Cueto, guys that have been accomplished as a big league pitcher.   Those guys cost the team some money yesterday, hitting the ball over the fence on field six.  It was a joke.   But facing a guy like Bronson is a hurdle they have to get over.”

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Drew Storen Feels At Home In Cincinnati

Familiar surroundings are important to Drew Storen.

Storen found a home in Washington with the Nationals in 2010, changing roles while helping his team to the playoffs in 2012 and 2014.   He was the Nationals first choice in the 2009 draft and made his Major League debut less than a full year after the draft, making brief stops at all every minor league level along the way.  Storen signed on June 10, 2009 and pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning against St. Louis on May 17, 2010.

The 29-year old righthander, who is a bit shorter than the 6’1” listed in the Reds’ media guide, became a huge presence on the mound for the Nationals in the late innings

He had little time to settle in anywhere in the minor leagues but once he advanced to the big club, he flourished.  Storen was 4-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 54 games, earning five saves his rookie years.  The next season, Storen notched 43 saves in 73 games with a 6-3 record and a 2.75 ERA.   He missed 89 games after having bone spurs removed from his elbow in 2012 but recovered to pitch 37 games building a 3-1 record with a 2.37 ERA and four saves for a team that surprised prognosticators to win the National League East Division.

“No one expected us to do anything in DC and things just clicked,” said Storen, who believes the same thing coud happen in Cincinnati.  “We have some hungry guys here (in Cincinnati).”

He was 1-1 with a save in the playoffs against the Cardinals but gave up four runs in the ninth inning of the deciding game five.

Storen experienced the playoffs again in 2014 after leading National relievers with a 1.12 ERA in 65 appearances.  In his last three years in Washington, he collected 43 saves in 191 appearances.

.The business of baseball took Storen out of his comfort level.  The Nationals traded him to Toronto for centerfielder Ben Revere in January, 2016.  Storen suffered through 38 games with the playoff bound Blue Jays with a dismal 1-3 record with a 6.21 ERA and three saves.  Toronto sent him to Seattle near the trading deadline for Joaquin Benoit.

“It was a big thing for me last year,” Storen said.  “You take for granted that comfort zone of knowing everybody.  You have to start over its different.”

The Reds signed Storen to a one-year deal on January 3 and Storen used his familiarity with Tucker Barnhart, who was his catcher at Brownsville High School near Indianapolis.  He went on the Reds’ winter caravan at the end of the month.

“It is like buying a house.  You have to check off a lot of boxes,” Storen said.  “I talked to Tucker Barnhart a lot.  I knew what I was getting into.  I knew some of the guys coming in and going on the caravan helped.  I’ve been learning everybody’s name.  It’s been good so far.”

Reds’ manager Bryan Price has Storen, Raisel Iglesias, Michael Lorenzen and Tony Cingrani in mind including Storen for late innings work and doesn’t necessarily want to designate a “closer.”

“At this point I want to say no (to naming a closer),” Price said.  “Should there be a recipe that plays out, typically you want a one inning or one plus inning guy because you might have three or four games in a row.  With multiple inning guys like them, you don’t need to designate a closer.  I would really like to look at the end of the year and see Storen, Iglesias, Cingrani and Lorenzen in particular to have some saves.  It is asking a lot for four guys to be comfortable pitching in the last inning.”

Storen and Cingrani have done it.  Iglesias had some save opportunities last season.

“Lorenzen didn’t have a lot of chances but I think he’s built for that,” Price said.

Storen is looking forward to the opportunity and is fine with an undefined role

“We have a young bullpen,” Storen said.  “Hopefully, I can help those guys out.  I get a chance to get some big outs late in the game.  You’ve seen the evolution of the bullpen.  You’ve seen the how important they view all those last three innings.  We have a unique situation with Iglesias and Lorenzen, who can go multiple innings.  It’s going to be a fluid situation.  Whatever gets me the ball in a big spot late in the game, is fine with me.”
The diminished expectations of a young team didn’t deter his decision to come to the Reds.

“I think we really do have the ability to surprise people,” Storen said.  “We have young talent mixed with a veteran presence.  People don’t have expectations for us.  We can get out there and do our thing.  I’ve learned throughout the years that worrying about expectations can only complicate things.  You have to take care of stuff in the bubble.  You take care of the guy next to you.  You need to make sure everybody is pulling in the right direction.”


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Indians James Russell Has Cincinnati Roots

Indians left-handed pitcher James Russell is getting a chance to revive his career in Cleveland.

Russell was born in Cincinnati in 1986 but attended  Heritage High School in Heritage, Texas. His father Jeff graduated from Wyoming High School near Cincinnati.

The older Russell was lucky enogh to be drafted fifth by the Reds and pitched for his hometown team.  The Reds traded him to Texas Rangers for another Cincinnatian, Buddy Bell.

Jeff lost a National League high 18 games in 1984.  The Rangers converted him to a closer and he led the American League with 35 saves in 1989.

James  was drafted in the 14ht round by the Chicago Cubs in 2007 and made hsi Major League debut with them in April 2010 as a left-handed reliever. He appeared in 316 games for the Cubs with a career-high 77 in 2012

Russell was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Victor Caratini and made 22 appearances with Atlanta under Colerain High School grad Roger McDowell, the Braves pitching coach.

After Russell's  release he was resigned with the Cubs for 2015.

Russell was granted free agency at the end of the season and got a call from Indians' manager Terrry Francona, who played against his father.  He signed with Philadelphia instead.

It didn't go well for Russell.

I just had a rough stretch in April, a rough five or six innings," Russell said.  "They were in a rebuilding process.and brought up a younger kid who did well.  It wasn't in their deck of cards for to come back up. It's part of the business.  There is nothing against the Phillies.  They treated me well."

This winter Russell was ready to sign with another team when Francona called him again.

"Terry told me they had a spot for me in big league camp," Russell said.  "I was happy they thought about me again.  This is a great group of guys. It's a great place to be. It's a team that wants to win now"

The Indians have lefties Andrew Miller and Boone Logan in camp.  Miller is going to pitch in theWorld Baseball Classic.  Cleveland also signed LHP Chris Narveson.

"We told him there was a spot or two in the bullpen," Francona said.  "He was ready to pitch.  We told him to come in.  We didn't have a lot of pitchers in camp.  Things happen.  We'll be honest with you.  If it isn't us, there are scouts at every game. He's going to get a chance to pitch. We wouldn't bring them in if they weren't going to pitch.  James isn't too far removed from having some pretty good years.

Russell still has roots in Cincinnati.  He grandfather Don owns SmoQ on 275 Pictoria Drive off Dixie Highway in Fairfield.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Veteran Ryan Raburn To Get A Tryout For Reds Bench

A heavy rain curtailed the Reds workout on Saturday as the team awaited another player to compete for a spot on the Reds bench, one of a handful of roster spots up for grabs.

Ryan Raburn is expected in Goodyear on Sunday to take a physical and formally sign a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

The 35-year old who has played every position except shortstop and catcher.  He has even logged 1 2/3 scoreless innings as a pitcher.

Raburn played for Detroit, Cleveland and Colorado in his 11-year career.  He is a .253 lifetime hitter with 91 home runs and 352 runs batted in.  Last season, Raburn was .220/.309/.404 with the Rockies with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 113 games.

Raburn a right-handed hitter is expected to compete with Arismendy Alcantara, Desmond Jennings, Hernan Irrabarren and Jesse Winker for a spot on the Cincinnat bencb.  Winker would have to play his way onto the team and is expected to go back to Triple A/

Manager Bryan Price is seeking versatile players, who can play several positions to give him flexibility off the bench.

Raburn fits the criteria.

“We are bringing him in for competition and depth,” Price said.  “Ryan is a guy who has been successful against left-handed pitching.”

The native of Tampa, who grew up in Plant City, has a batting average of .261 against lefties, just above his career average.

His competition outside of Jennings is also versatile in the field.  Alcantara has played shortstop, thirdbase, secondbase and the outfield in three seasons with the Cubs and Oakland.  The switch hitter has a .195/.249/.337 line with 10 home runs, all of them for Chicago in 2014.  Alcantara played 16 games for Oakland last season, hitting .211.

“He plays multiple positions and runs well,” Price said of Alcantara who is out of options.

Jennings spent seven years in Tampa Bay, hitting .245 with 55 home runs and 191 RBI.

Irrabarren, 32, bats left-handed and played well for the Reds late in the season.  He hit .311 with no home runs and two RBI in 24 games in Cincinnati.

Winker has an uphill battle to stick with Major League club.  The 23-year old was picked in the first round (49th overall) in 2012, out of Olympia High School in Orlando.  Winker has battled injuries since he signed. He bats left-handed and is expected to hit with power when totally healthy.

“He will be an organizational decision,” Price said. “If a young player isn’t playing full time or in a platoon position, it is generally more helpful for him to play everyday.”

The Reds have a shortage of left-handed hitters on the bench.  Winker could provide that if he pushes for playing time this year.
“I would like Jesse to press us to consider him,” Price said.  Winker his .303 with three home runs in 106 games in Louisville last year although he has hit as many as 16 in the lower minor leagues.

“We spend too much time talking about power,” Price said.  “I’d like to see him continue to hit for a high average.”


Friday, February 17, 2017

Edwin Encarnacion Sees Cleveland The Route To World Series.

There is an old saying, "If you can't beat them, join them."

Edwin Encarnacion lost to the Indians in his last game with the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2016 playoffs, he decided the grass was very green in Cleveland.

"Four or five teams had interest in me but interest in me but I made the decision to come here because here I have the opportunity to win the World Series," Encarnacion said.

Encarnacion reported to his first day in Clevelnad Indians camp to begin that process.

The 34-year old became one of the most feared sluggers in the American League after being traded for Scott Rolen from the Cincinnati Reds to Toronto at the trading deadline in 2009.

Encarnacion broke in as a thirdbaseman with the Reds in 2005.  He showed signs of power with 26 home runs in 2008 but struggled at the plate in in early 2009, hitting .209 with five home runs in 43 games with the Reds in 2009.  He looked lost at thirdbase.

The native of the Dominican Republic began to find his stroke as a designated hitter and firstbaseman with the Blue Jays. Encarnacion averaged 33 home runs per season in his last seven years in Toronto. He hit a career-high 42 home runs twice, 2012 and 2016 and led the American League with 127 RBI last season.

The Indians and manager Terry Francona are statting a defense of its American League championship in Goodyear.  The Indians used a tandem of Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli to provide run production.  Santana hit 34 home runs and drove in 87 runs.  Napoli hit 34 home runs with 101 RBi, after signing with Cleveland for last season.

"I was excited when I heard we might sign him but I was conflicted becaues I thought Napoli was still going to be here," Francona said. "I was surprised that it was potentially happening.  There is no questioning Edwin's credentials but that takes nothing away from Napoli."

The soft-spoken Encarnacion likes the make up of his new team and Santana called him after the signing became official.

"There are a lot of young talented players here. There is a lot of opportunity to get back to the World Series again and win," Santana said.  "Me and Santana will try to be together all the time. I want to feel like part of the family.  We knew each other before. We have a good relationship."

Encarnacion has turned down the opportunity to play in the World Baseball Classic to bond with his new teammates  He is ready for any role.

"If he needs me at first, I'll be there.  If he needs me at DH, I will be there," Encarnacion said.

Francona is also eager to find out how Encarnacion will fit in.

"You want to keep your best bats in the lineup as much as you can," Francona said.  "If you're going to split a spot like DH spot, you need to get to know guys.  You need to know when it helps them the most.

Bryan Price Looks For Lineup Answers

Bryan Price welcomed his position players to spring training camp in Goodyear, Arizona.

He spent the morning thinking about how his lineup would shake out.

"I have some general idea of what I'd like to see," Price said.  "I'd like to see (Billy) Hamilton leading off, Joey (Votto) hitting third, Duvall probably hitting fourth.  I think the big question is figuring out the best spots for Peraza, Devin (Mesoraco) when he's in there. Suarez.  Is Cozart best at two or better hitting down the lineup/ There are a lot of question marks.  It's just not clear cut as it was last year.."

These are questions that Price would like to answer before he leaves Goodyear in six weeks.

"It will be fun," Price said. "Do we go with the speed at the top with Hamilton and Peraza? Where is Suarez most effective? If Perazah hits second, where is Cozart best suited to hit?  It will be fun to mix and match."

Among the other questions that need to be answered.

"Is Devin going to be ready to start the season?  Where does Schebler fit best in our lineup? Do I put speed at the top of the lineup?

Hamilton is the obvious choice leadoff .   As long as he continues to get on base like he did the second half of last season. On May 6, Hamilton's on-base-percentage was .256.  In his last 94 games it was .331.

"It was a boost for him," Price said. "The most important thing is that Billy sees himself as a leadoff guy and continues to build his confidence that he can do that job.  I'm confident that he can."

Last year at this time Hamilton was coming off a shoulder injury.

"I felt his strike zone command and his two-strike approach was so vastly improved," Price said.

It is a given that Votto will bat third.

Peraza, Cozart and Eugenio Suarez batted second at times last year.  Having Hamilton and Peraza at the top of the lineup is one option.  Cozart had a career-high 16 home runs last season.  Suarez hit 21 and drove in 70 runs.  Saurez batted second in 34 games and fifth and sixth in 73 games.

"Do you go for the throat with Hamilton and Peraza one and two?  Is it better t   o divide up the speed component and have Peraza batthing in front of Cozart or Suarez?" Price asked. Those are the things I have to define over the course of spring.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

GM Dick Williams Says Time To Win

Reds' general manager Dick Williams told media group that the major work on the roster is finished.

There has been trade talk around Zack Cozart, who is behind Bronson Arroyo, Joey Votto and Homer Bailey for team tenure.

"Zack has a very affordable contract," Williams said.  "He fits well into this lineup and this organization."

It doesn't mean that Cozart won't be traded, just that is no urgency.

"The trade waters are always, rough and it gets especially busy in the middle or spring training with injuries and teams determining what they have and what needs they have," Williams said.  "One thing I've learned is the high percentage of trades you work on, don't get done."

The Reds have been in transition since last making the playoffs in 2013.  Many of the players from that team are gone, most notably Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips.  The spring training roster includes just 10 players with four or more years experience.

'Turnover is a natural part of the process," Williams said.  "We are trying to minimize the downturns but its my job to keep an eye on the long term factors. We always want to put the best players on the field and put them in a position to succeed."

Williams understands the fans frustration with the downturns because he is one of them.

"I am one of the few GM's in baseball that grew up in the city where he works," said Williams, whose family through investment have been a part of the Reds' for nearly 40 years. "This is the only place I've worked and the only place I want to work."

aHe shuns the notion that with former GM Walt Jocketty  still around that there are too many chiefs in the teepee.

"Walt and I work well together," Williams said.  "It is not just Walt and I.  It's a team of us."

With that Williams believes the team is ready to emerge from the rebuilding stage, encouraged by an improved second half of the 2016 season.  They were 32-57 before the All-Star break and 36-37 after.

"That was a testament to the coaching staff," Williams said.  "We didn't make any (roster) moves."

"We have a young group of guys," Williams said. "We're deep in pitching but it's young pitching. We have a young group of athletic guys.  We will be exciting to watch. I don't want to talk about rebuilding anymore. I want to talk about winning."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Price Expects Young Pitchers To Be Aggressive

For Cody Reed, Robert Stephenson and Amir Garrett, the ability to throw a baseball was never in question.

The radar gun and the pop in the catcher's mitt can tell you that but the hitters can tell you a different story about pitchers.

"The hitter will tell you something is wrong when they start to hit pitches on the barrel of the bat, or are comfortable with their swing," Bryan Price said.

Reed and Stephenson showed their talent in Louisville but the big leagues is a giant step, or more accurate a leap.

"They could not have been throwing the ball in the Major League the way they did in Triple A," Price said.  "Reed's numbers showed he was better than the league in Louisville but when he got to the Major League, he was getting the ball in the middle of the plate.  It was command and aggression that caused them to struggle."

The struggle was necessary," Price said.  "The winter allowed them to ease the intensity and come to spring training to make a fresh start."

Along with Garrett, two of the four could win one of the two starting positions left after Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan and Scott Feldman.  DeSclafain and Finnegan are young pitchers too but have shown a fierce competitiveness.  Feldman has a lot of experience to fall back on.

"I mentioned Johnny Cueto," Price said.  "He entered the league with confidence.  He pitched shutout baseball and struck out 10 in his first start. I was there.  I was the Diamondback's pitching coach that day. I mentioned Dwight Gooden and his success at a young age."

Although Price didn't see a lot of Garrett last spring and not at all after spring training, he likes his demeanor.

"His stuff is obvious but more importantly, everyone raves about his competitiveness and will.  He'll be given a great opportunity this spring," Price said.

Liisavelto Bonilla and Nefi Ogando, both picked off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates and both with some Major League experience are also in the mix along with Tim Adleman, who pitched well last season.

'They are in the mix," Price said.  "We're stockpiling strong arms."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Reds Manager Keeps Workouts Fresh, WBC Effect, Scott Feldman

The challenge for Bryan Price is to keep his team's concentration.

Price is doing more situational drills, question and answer competitions and rules meetings to break up the routine. "We have a coach pull a question out of a hat and players get points for how they answer," Price said. "It puts them on the spot but it's something we've already gone over, like what's our number one bunt play, things of that nature."

The Reds bring in Rich Marrazi, who is a rules "guru".

"He will break down certain rules and why they are interpreted a certain way," Price said.  "He will have some dialogue with our players and coaches, the go to the minor league side and do the same thing.  It is more then entertaining; it is informative."

With spring training longer, Price will pitch the younger pitchers more early then bring in the pitchers who are most likely to make the team.  "We don't want to overload them," Price said. "We are starting to appreciate the importance of rest.with all the medical science that's out there.  Some oldtimers would say we're making them softer.  That's not the goal. We're paying more attention to the body needs time to recover."

The World Baseball Classic will effect the plan.

"The WBC is a great opporunity," Price said.  "It's a better opportunity for guys that already have a spot on the team. We know that has a spot on the team, like Scott Feldman.  It's not such a good thing for the younger player. Like Dilson Herrera."

The Reds saw Herrera when he played for the Mets and briefly with the Louisville Bats after coming to the Reds in the Jay Bruce trade. Herrera had a problem with his shoulder late in the season at Louisville.

"If Dilson does well for his WBC team that's great but it is going to be hard to evaluate him from TV," Price said. "It is harder to get a feel for how he would fit on this team.  We are losing valuable time with him/"

Scott Feldman will have a spot on the team and more than likely will take Dan Strailey's spot in the rotation. Feldman pitched in relief for Houston and Toronto for the last season.  Feldman was a starter for Texas since 2008 for Texas, the Cubs, Baltimore and Houston.

"We know that Scott is healthy and his experience can help and improve our young pitchers," Price said.  "He is doing exactly what he wants to do."

Feldman has decided not to pitch in the WBC for Israel.

"I was asked but I think it is more important for me to be here with a new team," Feldman said."I just need to go out there and be myself. Staring is something I'd like to do.  You have to go somewhere where they want you.  The Reds called early and it seemed like a good place to play.  I'm excited about it. It is unfortunate when guys like Homer (Bailey) get hurt.  In the meantime someone has to step up a little bit."

'A lot of this game is being in the right place at the right time," Feldman said.  "When I was younger, Texas didn't have a good pitching staff. It was a lot easier for me to be called to the big leagues."

Monday, February 13, 2017

Reds Open Camp With Higher Goals And Jose Peraza At Secondbase

Bryan Price Wants To Set Higher Goals

The Reds won 68 games last season, a four-game improvement from 2015.  Price wants more improvement than that.
“It’s time to go out there and figure out what we can do,” Price said.  “We have a nice group of regulars. We can’t just settle for 72 wins, we have to set much higher goals.  To do that we need a lot of step up from a group of young guys.”

Peraza Inherits Phillips Position
The Reds and Brandon Phillips parted ways after 11-years and manager Bryan Price feels both the personal and business effects.
“It’s tough,” Price said of losing Phillps, the other BP.  “The emotional component because he’s been here so long, is difficult.  But going into the offseason, we knew we were going to incorporate Jose Peraza. I hope it works out for Brandon. I have my fingers crossed that he gets playing time in Atlanta.”
Peraza is the new secondbaseman. It is his job unless he plays poorly or someone like Dilson Herrera takes it away from him.
“From Peraza’s body of work, he is a regular.  He’d have to play his way off the position,” Price said. “It’s an opportunity for Herrera to play in front of coaches.”
Herrera will get playing time in the World Baseball Classic as a member of the Colombian team.
Peraza will play shortstop and outfield in spring games just to “keep him fresh”
“It’s established in my mind that he is a middle infielder,” Price said. “We will learn a lot more about him as a secondbaseman. It’s the same with Adam Duvall.  He is our regular leftfielder but he will play some thirdbase and firstbase.”
Trading Phillips gives Price the opportunity to do that.
“We’d have had to take starts away from Brandon and Zack (Cozart).  It’s not right to take a start a week from established players like that.”
LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuando, who were obtained for Phillips are not in the Reds’ Major League camp.

Filling Other Roles
The Reds other position battles will be fourth and fifth starters, three or four bullpen positions and the bench.
Homer Bailey won’t throw for 4-6 weeks.

Nick Travieso will be brought along slowly with shoulder issues. Vladimir Gutierrez, who signed out of Cuba, is getting acclimated to pitching regularly again.
“You will see Gutierrez but not a lot,” Price said.
Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan and Tim Adleman are the incumbents.  Cody Reed, Robert Stephenson and Amir Garrett lead the candidates for the other two spots.  

Rookie Davis, Sal Romano, and Jackson Stevens will get a chance to impress coaches this spring to elevate their status.
Mesoraco Will Start Slowly

Devin Mesoraco is recovering two surgeries.  He had a torn labrum in his right shoulder repaired on May 10 and a torn labrum in his right hip repaired on June 18.  He resumed hitting right after Christmas and catching activity a week after New Year.
“We will be building his endurance,” Price said. “We are going to use a tempered level with him.  He will get more playing time at the back end of spring training.  We don’t want to feed him too much, too soon.”

Bronson Arroyo Signs Minor League Deal With Reds

Bronson Arroyo signed a minor league contract  with the Reds today with an invitation to the Major League camo

Arroyo hasn’t pitched in two years, since leaving the Reds after 2013 season, He appeared
in 14 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014. He had a 7-4 record with a
4.08 ERA.

“He looked good in the bullpen I watched,” Price said. “He is a candidate for anything. He have to
see tha he’s healthy. He will write his own story.”

Arroyo passed his physical last week and agreed to terms.  Today, he completed the process by signing the document.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Gone To Goodyear Reds And Indians Report For Duty

By this time tomorrow, I will be on my way to Goodyear, Arizona.

For the next six weeks I will chronicle on this page the construction of the 2017 Cincinnati Reds and the reigning American League champion Cleveland Indians.

Follow my progress on Facebook Live from my Impala Cam on the daashboard.  Maybe I can avoid being pulled over on I-17 for the first time in three years.

There are advertising opportunities like the Weidemann ad on this page.  Invite fans to your sports bar with ballgame specials during Reds and Tribe games.

Take advantage of the Amazon links on the right side to order books from your favorite authors like Hal McCoy, Mark Schmetzer, Joe Jacobs and Bill Koch.  Get many a laugh from Jerry Dowling's latest collection of cartoons. Get a Danny Frazier Band or Dan Varner Band CD.

If you have any questions for me or the players, send me an email at Colgar53@gmail.com.

To my Cincinnati friends, I will see you come April.