The Reds have released veteran IF/OF Ryan Raburn (Mark Sheldon). Welcome news to those who favor younger players with position flexibility for the bench. Raburn offered a big bat for pinch hitting against LHP. But his defense at 1B and the OF was poor during spring training. Steve MancusoSteve grew up in Cincinnati as a […]

The Reds split their squad this weekend. Half the team traveled to Las Vegas to play the Cubs. Half the team remained in Arizona and traveled to Mesa to play the Oakland A’s this afternoon. Mesa is east of downtown Phoenix, about 40 minutes from Goodyear. That’s where I went this afternoon. Another spectacular weather […]

The Reds B-team made the trip this afternoon to Camelback Ranch to play the Chicago White Sox. The Camelback Ranch facility is gorgeous and shared by the White Sox and Dodgers and about 20 minutes north of Goodyear Ballpark. In a welcome development, last night’s storm that shortened the game with the Cubs brought much […]

The Reds played the LA Angels at Goodyear Ballpark today. The weather was beautiful, if maybe still a few degrees too warm for my taste. The ballpark here is one of the newest in the Cactus League, which might explain why it is less developed than other ones. It’s still much nicer than pre-renovation Ed […]

Yesterday, the Reds played a night game and the minor league games were at 1 p.m. so I was able to catch both. Usually, both the major and minor league games are at 1 pm. It was hot, hot, hot in Goodyear yesterday, a climate shock compared to Ohio. It was especially sweltering in the […]

The Reds finally won a game yesterday, beating the world champs 6-2. The Reds are now 1-6 this spring. Wins and losses are meaningless in the spring (the Cubs went 11-19 last year), and players stats don’t mean much more. That being said, here are some of the early numbers that stand out through the […]