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Redleg Nation Radio #67: The Spring Training Extravaganza

Finally, pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training, which means the baseball season is just around the corner. In the latest episode of Redleg Nation Radio, Bill and I discuss all the questions surrounding the Reds and all the reasons for enthusiasm as they begin preparing for 2012. Enjoy!

Many thanks to Friend of the Nation — and huge Reds fan — Freekbass for the new bumper music on this episode. The music is from this album; he’s a talented guy, and highly recommended.

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2 thoughts on “Redleg Nation Radio #67: The Spring Training Extravaganza

  1. Great Job Guys … I agree with most all of your comments for this season and beyond except :

    Chad .. Where’s the love for Jaun Francisco ? He may never get a full shot because of chronic calf issues. But the man can hit(vs RHP anyway) and he has really improved defensively.

    Chad .. Where’s the love for U of L Basketball ? … What’s the problem? As a proud graduate I am truely offended .

    and finally for Bill

    Your response to Chad’s comment on the Lind/ Ryan Hanaigan comparison and the NBA is so true .. my feelings exactly

    Keep the podcasts coming we all really enjoy them

  2. Another great podcast guy!

    I do have a few comments to add:

    –“All-in”. I’ve seen this term used a lot by Reds fans and even the media, but I’m not sure that is the appropriate term. The Reds made two (significant) trades this offseason and Ryan Madson fell into their lap. One of those trades, the Reds actually decreased 2012 payroll while gaining a #1/2 starter under team control for 4 more seasons. I can’t get on board with saying that the Reds are going “all-in” just because they overpaid for Sean Marshall.

    Certainly, the future after certain free agents roll off the books is uncertain, but I think the Reds are finally in a position of farm depth where they had to move prospects for major league talent.

    –Rotation depth: you struggled to name pitchers after Chapman and LeCure if any of the starting 5 got hurt this year. I think that’s exactly why they Reds brought in Francis and Tomko. I think both are insurance for Arroyo & insurance for any sitaution like last spring when both Cueto and Bailey started the year on the DL. They just don’t have anyone else in the organization that is ready to step into the rotation at the beginning of April.

    –I liked Travis Wood, too, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to expect he might match Marshall this season in total value to a ball club.

    –Zack Cozart’s defense: you seemed to downplay it a bit, but I thought he was almost as good as Janish defensively. I haven’t seen him a ton, but my understanding was that he was a pretty good glove at SS.

    –LF: they really missed the boat signing Ludwick instead of Fukudome. By all accounts, Fukudome’s agent reached out to Jocketty & the Reds weren’t interested. He ended up signing for $500k with the White Sox. That wouldn’t have been a bad add IN ADDITION to Ludwick, but certainly if they could only have 1, Fukudome at $500k would be a better value add than Ludwick for $2.5M. Fukudome bats LH. He can backup CF. His offensive numbers (park adjusted) have been better the last 3 years.

    –Francisco: I believe the news of his naggin injury came out after the podcast was recorded, but if he can’t go again this year, are there any LH bats on the bench?

    –Frazier could make the roster if they go with 11 pitchers instead of 12. They have gone with 11 pitchers at times in the past to accomodate Francisco’s spot on the roster. After Frazier, who is the next callup from AAA when one of the 13-14 position players get hurt? I think the depth there is very thin if Valaika and Phipps are the next guys in line.

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