Hi folks – Happy Reds Cap Day!  To join the Reds Cap Club, simply email a photo of you modeling your Reds headgear to jramsey@reds.com and you’ll be recognized on the blog as the club’s newest member.  And by the way, the Reds Cap Club has a big announcement coming soon, so stay tuned…


Griffey002.jpgTwo of the Reds’ minor league affiliates, Dayton-A and Carolina-AA, have announced their coaching staffs for the coming season.  No major changes for either team except Ken Griffey Sr.
will join the Dragons as hitting coach and Tom Brown, who had been Class-A Sarasota’s pitching coach the previous 3 seasons will serve in that same role with Carolina beginning in 2010.  As for Griffey, he’s also been named special assistant to Reds player development.


After a slow start to the Arizona Fall League season, 1B Yonder Alonso is beginning to heat up for the Peoria Saguaros.  Yesterday he went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored.  He’s now lifted his batting average to .290.  MLB.com contributor Robert Emrich has a nice write-up on Alonso here.   

Adam Rosales, who’s probably right now smiling and/or running as fast as he can, is batting an even .300 in 28 games for Mexicali in the Mexican Winter League.  Last night he played left field and went 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and a walk.  His 24 runs rank 4th in the league.

Other notable winter league stats:

SS Zack Cozart is batting .340 in 13 games with the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League.  Cozart has 2 homers, 10 RBI and a .560 slugging percentage.

OF Chris Heisey is batting .308 in 21 games with the Saguaros.  He’s mashed 5 homers, driven in 14 runs and owns a hearty .641 slugging percentage.  His 13 extra-base hits rank T3rd in the league while his 50 total bases are good for 4th.

RHP Enerio Del Rosario is 2-1 with a 2.31 ERA in 9 games (11.2ip, 3er) for Cibao of the Dominican Winter League.

LHP Ben Jukich has allowed just 5 earned runs over 15.2 innings (12k) in 4 starts with Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League.

Reds 2009 first-round pick Mike Leake is 0-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 4 games (3 starts) with the Peoria Saguaros (11.2ip, 8r/3er, 2bb, 9k).


On this date 69 years ago, Frank McCormick was named National League Most Valuable Player for the 1940 Reds World Championship season, becoming the third consecutive Red to win the MVP award (Ernie Lombardi 1938, Bucky Walters 1939).  McCormick batted .309 with 19 homers and 127 RBI.  He led the league with 191 hits, 618 at-bats and 44 doubles.  In 1958, he was enshrined into the Reds Hall of Fame.




That’s all for now…keep those photos coming! Also, I’m still taking your suggestions on where the best places are in town that support the Reds.

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