Yesterday afternoon I joined James Rapien on 1530 here in Cincinnati for Cincy 360, a daily show he co-hosts from 12-1pm. My section of the show was put onto The Locked on Reds podcast, also hosted by James Rapien. You can give it a listen here. The plan is for me to come on once a week (perhaps more if something pops up that warrants discussion) for The Locked on Reds podcast. Aside from James talking to people who for some reason thought Jesse Winker could play center field (I really should have asked him who these people were), there’s a lot of good stuff from my appearance.
We talked about Amir Garrett’s newfound velocity and what it could mean to start things off. But we dove into a whole lot of topics. Go give it a listen and hopefully I don’t sound like a blabbering idiot throughout the year.
Speaking of that, has anyone caught any of the Reds pre-game pieces that I’ve done yet? I don’t turn the games on the radio on until the first pitch because I don’t want to hear myself, so I don’t know if any of them have aired yet – but I am curious. These are radio only appearances, so if you haven’t been listening and only watching when they are on tv, then you would have also missed out.
Minor Leaguers get going in Goodyear
Yesterday was report day for Minor League pitchers and catchers. Today will kick off the first day of workouts. Connor Bennett just tweeted out a photo of his locker in Goodyear and while they don’t look any different from the big league uniforms, seeing one from the Minor Leaguers just has me excited to start hearing reports and ready to just get in my car and drive out to Arizona a few weeks early.
— Connor Bennett (@bennett_con) March 1, 2018
Update on Nick Travieso
Over the weekend I did a live version of Reds Minor League Talk and one of the questions someone submitted in the Youtube Live Chat was wondering about Nick Travieso and how things were coming along. At the time I didn’t have an answer, but said I’d find out.
He missed the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury and he’s still coming back from that. Things have been going well in his rehab and he is scheduled to start his next throwing program next week. He won’t be ready to begin the season when it begins, but assuming there are no set backs along the way, should pitch during the 2018 season.
The Baseballs ARE Juiced, but you already knew that
Despite what Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball wants you to believe, the baseballs are juiced. We already knew this based on a plethora of studies done over the last year. 538 has a new one and it just provides more evidence that the baseballs make up is different than it was just a few seasons ago, and it’s leading to the ball going further.