Yesterday afternoon I joined James Rapien on 1530 here in Cincinnati for Cincy 360, a daily show he co-hosts from 12-1pm. My section of the show was put onto The Locked on Reds podcast, also hosted by James Rapien. You can give it a listen here. The plan is for me to come on once a week (perhaps more if something pops up that warrants discussion) for The Locked on Reds podcast. Aside from James talking to people who for some reason thought Jesse Winker could play center field (I really should have asked him who these people were), there’s a lot of good stuff from my appearance.

We talked about Amir Garrett’s newfound velocity and what it could mean to start things off. But we dove into a whole lot of topics. Go give it a listen and hopefully I don’t sound like a blabbering idiot throughout the year.

Speaking of that, has anyone caught any of the Reds pre-game pieces that I’ve done yet? I don’t turn the games on the radio on until the first pitch because I don’t want to hear myself, so I don’t know if any of them have aired yet – but I am curious. These are radio only appearances, so if you haven’t been listening and only watching when they are on tv, then you would have also missed out.

Minor Leaguers get going in Goodyear

Yesterday was report day for Minor League pitchers and catchers. Today will kick off the first day of workouts. Connor Bennett just tweeted out a photo of his locker in Goodyear and while they don’t look any different from the big league uniforms, seeing one from the Minor Leaguers just has me excited to start hearing reports and ready to just get in my car and drive out to Arizona a few weeks early.

Update on Nick Travieso

Over the weekend I did a live version of Reds Minor League Talk and one of the questions someone submitted in the Youtube Live Chat was wondering about Nick Travieso and how things were coming along. At the time I didn’t have an answer, but said I’d find out.

He missed the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury and he’s still coming back from that. Things have been going well in his rehab and he is scheduled to start his next throwing program next week. He won’t be ready to begin the season when it begins, but assuming there are no set backs along the way, should pitch during the 2018 season.

The Baseballs ARE Juiced, but you already knew that

Despite what Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball wants you to believe, the baseballs are juiced. We already knew this based on a plethora of studies done over the last year. 538 has a new one and it just provides more evidence that the baseballs make up is different than it was just a few seasons ago, and it’s leading to the ball going further.

11 Responses

  1. The Duke

    The question now is, are the baseballs composition different because the manufacturer made a change, or was the change at the directive of MLB? I wouldn’t think they’d risk a contract like that and make a change on their own.

    I guess i’ll give Locked on Reds a shot, but my podcast listening time is full as it is.

  2. wes

    Last couple prospect reports that came out where pretty high Nick Gordon vs early reports where less enthusiastic. He was linked quietly to Ilgalsis in trade rumors that probably were ended with DW not being overly interested in return. Looking at his stats last season and recent write ups- I think he can be a legit SS at MLB level. Guy to consider who may be available due to lack of lack of a place for him.

    If MN comes out winning, they’ll need to add a reliever eventually. If Reds have their next reliever coming up (Garrett) and can get Gordan with a couple other quality prospects- I think I’d be more of a fan of that move than earlier in the off season

  3. A.B.

    Woof. Lorenzen got shelled today. Bummer…hope he can straighten it out next time around but you’ve got to think he’s already on the outside looking in as far as starting rotation.

  4. Hoyce

    This is my take on the baseballs- the stitching is different, not necessarily that the baseball innards are different. Which would affect the movement of the baseball. Less heights of the stitching would theoretically flatten the pitch out. Leading to it being easier to hit. Therefore more HRs.
    Also causing more blisters among pitchers I think.

  5. MK

    Good to get an update on Nick.

    Got a lot of potential starters coming back from arm problems. Hopefully it is a season of good health.

  6. B-town Fan

    Doug what radio are you talking about. “Speaking of that, has anyone caught any of the Reds pre-game pieces that I’ve done yet? I don’t turn the games on the radio on until the first pitch because I don’t want to hear myself, so I don’t know if any of them have aired yet – but I am curious. These are radio only appearances, so if you haven’t been listening and only watching when they are on tv, then you would have also missed out.”

    • Doug Gray

      Each of the last three years I’ve had a 1-2 minute segment every few days during spring training talking about a prospect on the Reds pre-game shows.

  7. Tyler

    I heard you on 700 wlw either yesterday or the day before talking about shed long. Couldn’t have been happier for you and the website.

    • Doug Gray

      Awesome. Thanks Tyler.

      The format we are using this year (and last year) is something that I like a lot more than the first year we did it. It just flows much better.