For games played on June 9, 2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 27 year old, Bat RHP, Greg Reynolds, ran his record to 7-0 with an outstanding 8 inning performance. He gave up 1 run on 6 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 3. Reynolds came over from the Texas organization, where he […]

Games Played on 05/27/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville RF Josh Fellhauer: He went 3 for 5 with a HR, a 2B, and 2 BB. AAA Columbus 13 – Louisville 11 (12 Innings) Josh Fellhauer went 3 for 5 with a HR, a 2B, and 2 BB. Neftali Soto went 3 for 7 […]

Games Played on 5/23/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: There were a lot of hits (mostly singles) and a couple of good starter pitcher performances last night, but I’m going to go with the frequently unsung bullpen heroes for today’s MLPotD. Pat Doyle pitched 3 shutout innings over the 8th, 9th, and 10th innings […]

Games Played on 5/22/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Jesse Winker (.313/.416/.537) hit a go-ahead 2-run homerun in the bottom of the 8th inning for the Dayton Dragons. Winker was named the Midwest League Player of the Week for the week ending May 19th. AAA Louisville had the day off. Manny Parra tweeted yesterday […]

Games Played on 5/1/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Junior Arias stole bases and hit for power in the Dragons win over Clinton. Arias was 3-for-5 with a triple and a homerun, scoring twice and knocking in three runs. He also stole his 10th and 11th bases of the season. AAA Louisville had the […]

For Games played on 4/14: Minor League Player of the Day: Former Royals farmhand and Blue Wahoo starter, LHP Ryan Dennick, wins today’s award on pretty weak day. He threw 6 innings, allowing only 1 earned run (2 overall) on 5 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4. The Reds are trying to make a […]

A longtime reader of the Nation, Rich Thompson, recently traveled to Arizona. He has kindly written up his report of the trip. Take it away, Rich:


Rich sporting his Reds 1940’s replica jersey.

Rich sporting his Reds 1940’s replica jersey.

Being a baseball and a Cincinnati Reds fan, one of my bucket lists to do’s was to go to Spring Training and this year, I made it happen.

Probably as with many fans, the challenges to make such a trip happen often relate to scheduling (personal & professional) and finances. This year, with a little planning, I made such a pilgrimage to Arizona to take in three games over a four day period.

To share the experience, I was able to persuade my good friend Mike Rankin from Chicago, IL (who is a big White Sox fan) to meet me in Arizona to take in some of the games. Naturally, we both had to see the Reds take on the White Sox in Glendale and see his Sox take on the Tribe in Goodyear.

Ok, enough of the preliminaries and pleasantries; now let’s get into the reviews of the parks and players.

The Parks
Overall Thoughts & Reflections on Goodyear



All in all, Goodyear is a very nice and intimate facility. Sight lines are very good throughout the park but if you’re expecting a place to sit in the shade, there are only two locations; one is off of the 3rd base line and the other is in right field, which acts as a club dining area too! In both locations, be prepared to pay a bit extra. However, spring ticket prices are extremely reasonable; most tickets are $30.00 and under. Another thing which was great about the Goodyear experience is that the ushers will pretty much let you sit anywhere except the club area once you are admitted into the park and if other seats are available. This is nice, for this also allows you to sit in various locations to get a different perspective of the park and the game.

If you wish to go and see the players warm up and work out, you will have to walk, bike (Yes, fans actually bike to the games! I found this to be very cool since I am a cyclist myself), or drive to the practice fields, which are about a mile away from the park. It should also be noted before the games start they have buses bring the players over from the practice facilities to the main field. Parking is $5.00 dollars per car to park next to the stadium and it is free if you park in one of the auxiliary lots which is a nice walk and not too far away in my opinion.

Overall Thoughts & Reflections Glendale/Camel Back Ranch, Spring Training home of Chicago (AL) and Los Angeles (NL)

Glendale/Camel Back Ranch

Glendale/Camel Back Ranch

Unlike Goodyear, which had an intimate feel to it, taking in a game at Glendale/Camel Back Ranch felt much more like attending a regular season MLB facility. In my estimation it is almost twice as big and Goodyear and it offered many more amenities. Even with that said, ticket prices were still incredibly reasonable, I believe my buddy, the White Sox fan, paid less than $20.00 dollars per ticket and we were on the 3rd base line/2nd row back from the Reds dugout. It also worth mentioning parking is free at Glendale/Camelback Ranch.

Visually, Glendale/Camel Back Ranch is a stunning facility and the practice fields are literally connected to the main park, which you can access once you enter it. To make the practice fields even more inviting, the planners literally create a town park atmosphere with shade trees, lush grass, and running water features to sit around as you enjoy the practices of the players and coaches. Yes, I think that this facility is just another example of two bigger market organizations (White Sox & Dodgers) with deeper pockets showing off what they can do. However, I still applaud the Dodgers, White Sox, and the town of Glendale for building such an outstanding fan friendly venue.

Impressions of the Players

Please keep in mind that my sample size was small since I only took in three games, but I did notice some things that Reds fans might find interesting. I will start with the pitchers and then cover/highlight the position players, and then the prospects that I saw.

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I guess we should note, for posterity, that the Reds made some roster cuts yesterday. Twelve guys were sent away from major league camp, their heads presumedly down in a dejected pose. Left-hander Tony Cingrani and right-hander Daniel Corcino were optioned to Triple-A Louisville, right-handers Kyle Lotzkar and Josh Ravin were optioned to Double-A Pensacola, […]

The Reds Top 20 Prospects Some interesting names, some relatively unknown names…. 1: Billy Hamilton 2: Tony Cingrani 3: Robert Stephenson (not sure about the criteria, but in the earlier list, Stephenson was above Cingrani in the top 100) 4: Daniel Corcino 5: Nick Travieso 6: Kyle Lotzkar (IMO, this is a BIG year for […]

According to Reds beat writer John Fay, the Reds will disclose their September callup roster decisions on Friday. The Reds will announce the September call-ups Friday. Three of them will join the club Saturday in Houston; three will join the club Tuesday. Devin Mesoraco will be back on Sunday – the first day he’s eligible […]

Games Played on 08/17/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield OF Steve Selsky: He went 4 for 4 with a HR, a 2B, a BB, and a SB.


Charlotte 2 – Louisville 0

Neftali Soto went 3 for 4 with a 2B.

Kanekoa Texeira, 2.67 ERA, got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 0 R on 1 H and 2 BB with 3 K. Will Ohman took the loss allowing 1 R over 0.2 IP of relief. J. J. Hoover added 1 IP of scoreless relief.


Mobile 4 – Pensacola 1 (DH Game 1, 7 Innings)

David Vidal went 2 for 3. Donald Lutz went 2 for 4. Mark Fleury walked twice. Andrew Means doubled. Billy Hamilton stole his 142 base.

Kyle Lotzkar, 5.21 ERA, got the loss as he went 4 IP and allowed 3 R on 2 H and 2 BB with 2 K. Chris Manno added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

Pensacola 10 – Mobile 2 (DH Game 2, 7 Innings)

David Vidal went 3 for 4 with 2 HR. Beau Mills went 3 for 4 with a HR. Donald Lutz went 3 for 4. Brodie Greene went 2 for 4 with 2B. Bryson Smith doubled.

Mark Serrano, 3.66 ERA, got the win as he went 5.2 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 0 BB with 7 K.

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Games Played on 8/10/2012 Minor League Players of the Day: Billings LF Jesse Winker was 2-4 with a double and a homer, driving in 2 runs. In 42 games, Winker has a slash line of .358/.473/.497 with a couple of homers and 32 walks (31 strikeouts) in 151 AB’s. AAA Louisville 3 – Gwinett 2 […]