Alden Gonzalez and Marly Rivera of ESPN wrote this morning about how some Major League Baseball teams are helping out players that are stranded in the United States of America – most of them being Venezuelan. One of the teams that is the focus of the story is the Cincinnati Reds.

According to the article the Reds have 15 players from Venezuela remain in Goodyear, along with 17 other players that are from “high-risk” countries. Two players had decided to travel back to Venezuela, but during their layover in New York, Venezuela shut down their borders and the players returned for Arizona.

Teams are providing three meals a day and in some cases shuttling players to the grocery store. They’re supplied with bottles of water and baseball equipment. English classes are provided online, and workouts are conducted outside. Cincinnati Reds staff members provided their minor leaguers with their per diem up front, taught them how to use food-delivery apps such as Uber Eats and DoorDash, and populated their WhatsApp feeds with necessary information.

The Reds, along with other teams around Major League Baseball have committed to paying players through the end of May. That announcement came two weeks ago, but it feels like it was a decade ago in the times that we are living in.

Other Reds news and notes

Without much going on, I’m always trying to kick around ideas of what to write about. One thing that I’m working on is a historical lookback on the great seasons in Cincinnati Reds minor league history. That’s taken a lot of time to get the database in place to be able to look back at, but it should start up tomorrow.

Joey Votto was on The Poscast, along with C. Trent Rosecrans, to discuss many things – including the Top 100 Greatest Players of All Time list. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should really go do that.

Speaking of Joey Votto, if you missed Sridhar Pappu’s article at The Atlantic you should give it a read. The article centers around the idea that he will try to outsmart Father Time, at least as long as he can.

3 Responses

  1. James K

    A couple years ago you started a series of evaluations of Reds’ draft classes, and what happened to players they drafted. That was interesting.

  2. Jon Graham

    Doug,

    Do you know if those Venezuelan players might have access to baseball equipment (ie, hitting cage, tees, even a ballfield) here that they might not in their home country? Obviously, the food (and requisite healthy options from team chefs) should help them. So too may health equipment– dumbbells, plyometrics, access to a coaching staff, perhaps– if they can do that. (Even resistance bands could help flexibility.)

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t really know – but as far as I know, parks are still open (as in public parks, not the team facilities) – so they can still do *some* things while stuck here. What I do know is that they get workout plans from the staff – but it’s probably a lot more body weight kind of stuff than *gym* type stuff as far as lifting goes, because not everyone is going to have access to that kind of stuff.