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Rick Mahler dead at 51

Sad news: Rick Mahler, who won nearly 100 games during a 13-year career spent mostly with the Atlanta Braves, died Wednesday. He was 51. Mahler died of a heart attack in Jupiter, Fla., while preparing for his... Read More...
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Juan Castro and the Twinkies

Via Aaron Gleeman, a Twins fan and one of my favorite bloggers, I note this nugget about our old friend Juan Castro: On a slightly less important note, it sounds as if there is a little more chance of not havi... Read More...
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Bill James interview, part 3

The Baseball Analysts have part three of Rich Lederer's interview with Bill James up on their site. Very interesting. Rich asked Bill to comment on several players. Take a look at this excerpt: RL: Mike Sch... Read More...
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Today’s intrasquad game

Looks like Marc Lancaster is blogging today's game once again. Highlights so far: Luis Lopez homer, and Wily Mo Pena infield single. No, I didn't get that mixed up. UPDATE: By the way, via Marc, here are t... Read More...
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Classic spring training story

Here's a classic spring training story from today's Enquirer. It's by Paul Daugherty, and the subject is Ryan Freel, but it's a perfect example of what writers are forced to write during the spring. There are... Read More...
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First intrasquad a hit

I'm just glad that the Reds won: Austin Kearns hit a sixth-inning solo homer against Ben Weber to lead the Slammers to a 3-2 win over the Boilermakers in the Reds' intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday at Ed Smith S... Read More...
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Crowded outfield

Take a look at this article by Lonnie Wheeler in the Post. Wheeler takes a look at the Reds crowded outfield situation, and concludes that Wily Mo Pena is the odd man out. I agree, but it didn't have to be th... Read More...
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Interview with Bill James

Over at The Baseball Analysts, Rich Lederer has an interview he conducted with Bill James. Here's Part One and today we have Part Two: Last summer, I decided to review all twelve of Bill James' Baseball Abstr... Read More...
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Ricky Stone trying to win a job

In today's Enquirer, there is this otherwise unremarkable story about Ricky Stone, who is fighting for a spot on the Reds staff. More entertaining is this take from Doc at Reds (and Blues): There’s no ... Read More...
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Tony Blanco

JD at Red Reporter (a superb Reds blogger, by the way) has this interesting take on Tony Blanco, the former Reds farmhand who was taken by our old friend Jimmy Bowden in the Rule V draft. I agree with JD: I h... Read More...
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Bench’s speech inspires chills

From the Enquirer: At 9:30 a.m. today, from a spot inside the Reds' spring training clubhouse, Johnny Bench stood in full uniform and tingled many a spine. The Hall of Fame catcher gave a rare and rousing mot... Read More...