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Reds roster and staff

Here is the 40-Man Roster for the Cincinnati Reds as of today. This of course is not counting Ryan Ludwick who is still not official yet.

        Cincinnati Reds 40-Man Roster
 #     Pitchers         B/T  Ht    Wt     DOB 
33 Jose Arredondo       R-R 6'0"  175  Mar 12, 1984 
61 Bronson Arroyo       R-R 6'4"  195  Feb 24, 1977 
34 Homer Bailey         R-R 6'3"  200  May 3, 1986 
   Andrew Brackman      R-R 6'10" 230  Dec 4, 1985 
45 Bill Bray            L-L 6'3"  225  Jun 5, 1983 
54 Aroldis Chapman      L-L 6'4"  195  Feb 28, 1988 
47 Johnny Cueto         R-R 5'10" 220  Feb 15, 1986 
46 Carlos Fisher        R-R 6'4"  225  Feb 22, 1983 
   Josh Judy            R-R 6'4"  200  Feb 9, 1986 
   Mat Latos            R-R 6'6"  225  Dec 9, 1987 
44 Mike Leake           R-R 6'1"  185  Nov 12, 1987 
63 Sam LeCure           R-R 6'1"  205  May 4, 1984 
   Kyle Lotzkar         L-R 6'4"  200  Oct 24, 1989 
   Ryan Madson          L-R 6'6"  200  Aug 28, 1980 
   Sean Marshall        L-L 6'7"  220  Aug 30, 1982 
40 Nick Masset          R-R 6'4"  240  May 17, 1982 
66 Logan Ondrusek       R-R 6'8"  230  Feb 13, 1985 
62 Jordan Smith         R-R 6'4"  220  Feb 4, 1986 
   Pedro Villarreal     R-R 6'1"  215  Dec 9, 1987 

 #     Catchers         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
29 Ryan Hanigan         R-R 6'0"  200  Aug 16, 1980 
39 Devin Mesoraco       R-R 6'1"  220  Jun 19, 1988 

 #   Infielders         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
43 Miguel Cairo         R-R 6'1"  220  May 4, 1974 
2  Zack Cozart          R-R 6'0"  195  Aug 12, 1985 
25 Juan Francisco       L-R 6'2"  240  Jun 24, 1987 
21 Todd Frazier         R-R 6'3"  220  Feb 12, 1986 
   Didi Gregorius       L-R 6'1"  175  Feb 18, 1990 
7  Paul Janish          R-R 6'2"  200  Oct 12, 1982 
   Donald Lutz          L-R 6'3"  235  Feb 6, 1989 
71 Kristopher Negron    R-R 6'0"  180  Feb 1, 1986 
4  Brandon Phillips     R-R 6'0"  205  Jun 28, 1981 
   Henry Rodriguez      S-R 5'10" 150  Feb 9, 1990 
27 Scott Rolen          R-R 6'4"  245  Apr 4, 1975 
   Neftali Soto         R-R 6'2"  180  Feb 28, 1989 
3  Chris Valaika        R-R 6'0"  210  Aug 14, 1985 
19 Joey Votto           L-R 6'3"  220  Sep 10, 1983 

 #   Outfielders        B/T Ht     Wt      DOB 
32 Jay Bruce            L-L 6'3"  225  Apr 3, 1987 
28 Chris Heisey         R-R 6'0"  225  Dec 14, 1984 
   Denis Phipps         R-R 6'3"  210  Jul 22, 1985 
6  Drew Stubbs          R-R 6'4"  200  Oct 4, 1984 


        Cincinnati Reds Coaching Staff 
Manager & Coaches 
 #     Name            Position 
12 Dusty Baker         Manager 
49 Brook Jacoby        Batting Coach 
38 Bryan Price         Pitching Coach 
   Mack Jenkins        Assistant Pitching Coach 
22 Billy Hatcher       First Base Coach 
41 Mark Berry          Third Base Coach 
35 Chris Speier        Bench Coach 
59 Juan Lopez          Bullpen Coach 
72 Mike Stefanski      Bullpen Catcher 

      Name             Position 
 Terry Reynolds        Director of Pro Scouting 
 J Harrison            Scout 
 Marty Maier           Scout 
 Jeff Morris           Scout 
 John Morris           Scout 
 Shawn Pender          Scout 
 Steve Roadcap         Scout 
 Mike Squires          Scout 
 Jeff Taylor           Scout 
 Dominic Viola         Scout 
 Jerry Walker          Scout 
 Joe Morgan            Baseball Operations Assistant 
 Paul Lessard          Athletic Trainer 
 Mark Riggins          Minor League Pitching Coordinator 
 Rick Sweet            Coordinator, Catching 


     Cincinnati Reds Broadcasters 

Marty Brennaman
Thom Brennaman
Chris Welsh 
Jeff Brantley
Jim Kelch
George Grande
Sean Casey
Kent Mercker



It is always nice to have options

Out Of Options: “The following players on the Reds’ 40-man roster do not have options: RHP Jose Arredondo, RHP Bronson Arroyo, RHP Homer Bailey, LHP Bill Bray, IF Miguel Cairo, RHP Carlos Fisher, IF Juan Francisco, RHP Nick Masset and 2B Brandon Phillips.” [Source]

That makes 9 players out of 38 on the 40-man roster. Jose Arredondo, Homer Bailey, Carlos Fisher and Juan Francisco are the ones that concern me the most. Will they be able to step up their game and play to their potential the whole season? And stay healthy at the same time. I am looking forward to watching Juan Francisco play in 2012 and I really hope these three pitchers can stay off the DL and play great for the Reds.

Another question that comes to mind right now is; will these three pitchers be included in another trade before spring training? The Reds are still looking for an outfielder and a SS/INF and most people think they will look at free agents for that help. I still think Walt Jocketty will make another trade and these three pitchers might be a part of it. There have been some rumors about Homer Bailey being traded already but only by fans, I am not sure if reporters have asked Walt Jocketty if he would trade away these three pitchers this offseason.

Carlos Zambrano vs. Cincinnati Reds

There are rumors going around that Chicago Cubs are trading Carlos Zambrano to Miami Marlins. I thought I would add my two cents. I am glad he is leaving the National League Central, this is another move not done by the Reds that really helps the team.

Carlos Zambrano has a 17-11 record and a 3.28 career ERA vs. the Reds and a 9-3, 3.31 ERA at Great American Ball Park.

Carlos Zambrano career vs. Cincinnati Reds

                    AB  H SO    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS
Brandon Phillips    47 11 11  .234  .345  .426  .771
Scott Rolen         48  9  8  .188  .235  .396  .631
Edgar Renteria      39 14  9  .359  .468  .436  .904
Joey Votto          26  9  2  .346  .433  .500  .933
Jay Bruce           18  4  2  .222  .364  .389  .753
Ramon Hernandez     15  3  2  .200  .200  .200  .400
Miguel Cairo        12  3  5  .250  .357  .333  .690
Drew Stubbs         11  3  5  .273  .333  .273  .606
Dontrelle Willis     7  1  1  .143  .143  .143  .286
Ryan Hanigan         6  2  1  .333  .333  .500  .833
Johnny Cueto         3  0  1  .000  .000  .000  .000
Yonder Alonso        2  2  0 1.000 1.000 2.500 3.500
Juan Francisco       3  0  3  .000  .000  .000  .000
Bronson Arroyo       2  1  0  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Nick Masset          1  0  1  .000  .000  .000  .000
Homer Bailey         1  1  0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Todd Frazier         1  0  0  .000  .000  .000  .000
Total              242 63 51  .260  .344  .401  .745

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Generated 1/4/2012.

Happy New Year

I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I hope 2012 brings everyone nothing but great health and happiness and of course another World Series Championship to the Cincinnati Reds.

Cincinnati Reds roster as of the end of 2011:
Jose Arredondo, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Bill Bray, Aroldis Chapman, Johnny Cueto, Carlos Fisher, Josh Judy, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, Kyle Lotzkar, Sean Marshall, Nick Masset, Logan Ondrusek, Jordan Smith, Pedro Villarreal, Ryan Hanigan, Devin Mesoraco, Miguel Cairo, Zack Cozart, Juan Francisco, Todd Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Paul Janish, Donald Lutz, Kristopher Negron, Brandon Phillips, Henry Rodriguez, Scott Rolen, Neftali Soto, Chris Valaika, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Chris Heisey, Denis Phipps, Drew Stubbs.

Louisville Bats:
Scott Carroll, Nick Christiani, Tom Cochran, Jerry Gil, Brandon Hynick, Joseph Krebs, Chad Reineke, Clayton Tanner, Daryl Thompson, Travis Webb, Corky Miller, James Skelton, Jose Castro, Mike Costanzo, Daniel Dorn, Quintin Berry, David Cook, Michael Griffin, Felix Perez.

Bakersfield Blaze:
Tim Crabbe, Matt Fairel, Scott Gaffney, Tyree Hayes, Daniel Jensen, Christopher Manno, Ruben Medina, Daniel Renken, Doug Salinas, Mark Serrano, Clayton Shunick, J.C. Sulbaran, Mace Thurman, Jamie Walczak, Chase Ware, Julio Morillo, Jordan Wideman, Phillip Bauer, Alex Buchholz, Jorge Jimenez, Devin Lohman, Carlos Mendez, Chris Richburg, Stephen Hunt, Andrew Means, Welinton Ramirez, Dayne Read.

Dayton Dragons:
Mitch Clarke, Daniel Corcino, Pat Doyle, Stalin Gerson, Drew Hayes, Blaine Howell, Jacob Johnson, Luca Panerati, Brian Pearl, Tanner Robles, Chad Rogers, Josh Smith, Daniel Wolford, Tucker Barnhart, Chris Berset, Dominic D’Anna, Brandon Dailey, Billy Hamilton, Frank Pfister, David Vidal, Theo Bowe, Juan Duran, Josh Garton, Jaren Matthews, Brennan May, Kurtis Muller, Drew Poulk, Yorman Rodriguez, Jefry Sierra.

Billings Mustangs:
James Allen, Jason Braun, Tony Cingrani, Carlos Contreras, Nick Fleece, Aguido Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez, Cole Green, Ismael Guillon, Christopher Joyce, Ryan Kemp, Matt Leonard, Porfirio Martinez, Kyle McMyne, Erik Miller, James Moran, Wes Mugarian, El’Hajj Muhammad, Brooks Pinckard, Radhames Quezada, Patrick Quinn, Yovan Gonzalez, Danny Vicioso, Junior Arias, Sean Buckley, Sammy Diaz, Robert Maddox, Nick O’Shea, Juan Perez, Cristobal Rodriguez, Ryan Wright, Spencer Dickinson, Jon Matthews, Steven Selsky, Juan Silva, Bryson Smith, Kyle Waldrop,

(These rosters were taken off of the Reds affiliates web page and might be wrong now. Some of the links might not go to the right players. Please let me know if you find any that do not go to the right players and I will fix it.)

“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”

I was thinking about doing a Best of 2011 post but then saw that everyone beat me to it. Instead of looking at the past I think it is best to forget about 2011 and think about what the Reds will do in 2012.

So instead of looking back and listening to “Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are” we will turn up “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” and get ready for one heck of a 2012 season.

Joey Votto should have another great season both at the plate and with the glove. Brandon Phillips will play the best he has ever played in order to prove he is worth an extension and Zack Cozart will show everyone he deserves to be on the roster. Scott Rolen will be injury free and helping the team become champions. Chris Heisey, Todd Frazier, Miguel Cairo, Paul Janish and Juan Francisco will get in some good playing time in 2012. Drew Stubbs will hit the ball on the ground and leg out some base hits then steal his way into scoring position. Jay Bruce will keep hitting well and getting a lot more RBIs. Ryan Hanigan will go on to become a great on base percentage threat in 2012 along with sharing some time with Devin Mesoraco who might have a rough start but should go on to become a great catcher for many years to come.

As for pitching I am very excited to see how well the starting rotation will take shape after spring training. Will Mat Latos become the next pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a Reds jersey? Will Johnny Cueto lock in the #1 spot after spring training and show everyone he is ready for the job? Can Bronson Arroyo bounce back and become the solid inning eating pitcher we all remember so well? Homer Bailey, Aroldis Chapman and Sam LeCure will have fun fighting for the last rotation spot during spring training. Mike Leake will become even more deadly in 2012 proving his is capable of becoming a solid top of the rotation starter also.

There are still a lot of question marks when it comes to the Reds roster as we head closer and closer to spring training but Walt Jocketty is getting the job done and I am very happy with the progress so far. Sean Marshall and Mat Latos are great players to have on the team and should help out a lot in 2012. I seriously did not ever expect Walt to get deals like this done this offseason. It was a gutsy call and I am looking forward to watching it pay off.

Sean Marshall vs. Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds fans are still waiting to find out who the minor league players are in the Sean Marshall trade today. While we wait I thought I would look into something I read from a fan’s comments earlier today. The fan said that this trade will help the Reds out more then they think because the Reds players had a very tough time against Sean Marshall when he was playing for Chicago Cubs. After looking at the stats I have to agree. Marshall has been said to be one of the best relief pitchers in Major League Baseball right now. Having a setup man like this on the team will really help out with signing or trading for a new closer.

Sean Marshall vs. Cincinnati Reds

                    AB  H HR RBI BB SO    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS
Joey Votto          13  3  1   2  4  4  .231  .412  .538  .950
Edgar Renteria      12  3  0   0  3  4  .250  .400  .250  .650
Brandon Phillips    12  1  1   2  2  2  .083  .214  .333  .548
Jay Bruce           11  2  0   0  1  6  .182  .308  .182  .490
Scott Rolen          8  3  1   2  1  1  .375  .444  .750 1.194
Drew Stubbs          5  0  0   1  1  3  .000  .167  .000  .167
Ramon Hernandez      5  3  0   0  0  1  .600  .600  .600 1.200
Paul Janish          3  1  0   0  0  0  .333  .333  .333  .667
Ryan Hanigan         2  1  0   1  2  0  .500  .750  .500 1.250
Miguel Cairo         2  1  0   1  1  1  .500  .667  .500 1.167
Chris Heisey         2  1  0   0  1  1  .500  .667  .500 1.167
Todd Frazier         2  2  0   1  0  0 1.000 1.000 1.500 2.500
Dontrelle Willis     2  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  .000
Yonder Alonso        1  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  .000
Juan Francisco       1  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  .000
Devin Mesoraco       1  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  .000
Edinson Volquez      1  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  .000
Dave Sappelt         0  0  0   0  0                          0
Total               83 21  3  10 16 26  .253  .380  .386  .766

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Generated 12/21/2011.

Sean Marshall career vs. National League Central teams.

                  Split W L  ERA  G   IP  H HR SO  WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
        Cincinnati Reds 1 3 2.61 23 31.0 26  2 30 1.387  8.7  1.76
         Houston Astros 2 5 2.70 27 46.2 44  5 36 1.307  6.9  2.12
      Milwaukee Brewers 2 2 4.13 27 32.2 35  2 29 1.531  8.0  1.93
     Pittsburgh Pirates 5 2 3.27 26 41.1 31  2 33 1.113  7.2  2.20
    St. Louis Cardinals 3 3 2.71 31 63.0 63  7 45 1.302  6.4  2.37

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Generated 12/21/2011.

What if

What if we all woke up tomorrow and found out that Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty went off his meds and started cutting the payroll. Players like Scott Rolen, Bronson Arroyo, Brandon Phillips, and maybe even Joey Votto traded for cheap young prospects or worse, cheap older players looking for one last good season. Of course the “We have no money” excuse would not be used anymore but what kind of team would they have? Jay Bruce and Johnny Cueto would be the stars and players like Juan Francisco, Yonder Alonso, Dave Sappelt, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart and Aroldis Chapman would get a lot more playing time. And with one season of not paying big money to players would they then have enough to go shopping next offseason or would they have to? Is there a strange possibility that these young players would get it done? With many years as a fan I have noticed that teams with the right blend of older and younger players usually do the best so could the Reds find cheaper veterans than Bronson Arroyo and Scott Rolen? Would any of the younger players produce like Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips?

We all know this will never happen but what would the team look like if it did? And would Walt Jocketty still have a job the next day? I for one would like to see something happen this offseason but dumping salaries will not help the team win the World Series in 2012. I really believe a healthy Scott Rolen and Bronson Arroyo is a must this season in order for this team to succeed along with the younger players getting the playing time they deserve.

The team will also need Dusty Baker to be at the top of his game, which means don’t let players like Drew Stubbs bat 1st if he is striking out like crazy. I hope this season with Sappelt on the roster Dusty will be able to help Stubbs get playing the way he should but I also think trading Stubbs would be good for both sides. Being in Great American Ball Park has given Stubbs the notion he is a home run hitter so he is swinging for the fences every time. I know for a fact that if he is traded he will most likely turn into another Ryan Freel if he is not careful. These guys get paid good money to play ball and even in the offseason they should be working hard to get into shape for next season. Drew Stubbs doesn’t look like he has that drive to be better. I blame guys like Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. for this. They poisoned some of these younger guys with the idea that you don’t have to try hard to keep your job. I thought that when the Reds got rid of those two players that attitude would go away but I can still see it in some players and it really gets me upset. What these young guys don’t understand is, Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. were not always like that. They had to work their butts off to get the salary they were getting. If Drew Stubbs wants a big pay-day ever in his career he is going to have to do something big next season.

Another thing Dusty Baker will have to work on is not pushing the young guys till they break. The Reds really don’t need any injuries in 2012. Pushing starters that extra inning just to give the bullpen a rest is ok but do they really want guys like Johnny Cueto or Aroldis Chapman out with injury for two months or more. And hopefully he does not push the young catchers too much either. They really don’t need to be shopping for catchers midseason because two or three of them are out with injuries. Giving guys like Scott Rolen, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce rest is very important too. Can you imagine if those three players went out at the same time with injuries? The Reds would be in big trouble.

Dusty Baker needs to stop chewing so hard on those toothpicks and start paying more attention to the game and his players. Any other managers would have picked up on Stubbs a long time ago and did something to correct it and just maybe the Reds would have done better in the standings. Of course we can’t blame last year just on Dusty Baker there are others who need to be pointed at too. Walt Jocketty could have made some deals to help the team push forward at the trade deadline and of course some of the players could have done a little more to get better. I can even point that finger at myself, I as a fan could have tried harder to cheer louder and maybe they would have won the whole thing. But, what is done is done. Now we must move on and hopefully Walt Jocketty keeps taking his medication and doesn’t trade too much away for the players they need. The Reds also need Santa Claus to give Dusty Baker a bad batch of toothpicks this Christmas so then he will pay more attention in 2012 and some players need to call up Yonder Alonso and ask if they can train with him this offseason.

*** Have fun at Redsfest this year guys. ***