PRE-GAME POST…BAD NEWS FOR BURT
Here’s the press release from today’s press conference announcing that Joe Morgan has joined the team as a special advisor…
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JOE MORGAN JOINS REDS AS SPECIAL ADVISOR
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty this afternoon named Hall of Famer Joe Morgan Special Advisor.
Morgan, 66, will support and assist in the development of the club’s community outreach and diversity initiatives while participating in the efforts of the Reds Community Fund and Reds Hall of Fame, including appearances at Rookie Success League and Match Program events, Hall of Fame inductions and other promotional activities. He will support the team’s rightsholders with visits on 700 WLW Radio and FOX Sports Ohio broadcasts.
Morgan also will assist in the development and cultivation of the Reds’ baseball operations organizational philosophy and in player development strategy.
10-time All-Star and 5-time Gold Glove second baseman, Morgan was elected to the Reds Hall of Fame in 1987 and to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. The 2-time National League MVP played for the Reds from 1972-79, during the glory days of the Big Red Machine.
Morgan won his first MVP award in 1975, when he guided the Reds to a World Series victory over the Boston Red Sox, and he was MVP again in 1976 as the Reds swept the Yankees for their second straight World Series championship. Morgan remains the Redsâ all-time stolen base leader (406), and his 266 home runs as a second baseman rank third in baseball history behind Jeff Kent and Ryne Sandberg. He finished his 22-year professional career with 268 homers, 1,133 RBI and 689 stolen bases for the Astros, Reds, Giants, Phillies and Athletics.
He retired as a player following the 1984 season and the next year began his broadcasting career covering the Reds for WLWT-TV, the local NBC affiliate. Morgan is a 2-time Sports Emmy Award winner and the lead analyst for ESPN’s game coverage.
I’d like to thank Derek Shultz, host of The Zone on XL 950 AM in Indianapolis for bringing his show to Great American Ball Park today. As a guest on his show every Wednesday at 4:05pm EST (shameless plug), I was pleased to finally meet Derek face-to-face for the first time this afternoon. He finally got to stare into the eyes of the man who his pals at the station like to call “the ratings killer.”
There’s Derek behind me secretly wondering why he continues to have me on his show.
I’m happy to report that Delaware has responded to the Better Off Red Reds State Challenge. Unfortunately, I’m still waiting on the photographic proof. Until then, there’s still a “zero” on the dry-erase board next to the Blue Hen State.
If you’re one of the elusive Reds fans from Delaware, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) a photo proving your Reds allegiance.
All-Star balloting got under way yesterday at Major League ballparks across the country and on MLB.com. The 81st All-Star Game will be held on 7/13 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim of Los Angeles from California. In-stadium balloting concludes on 6/23 while MLB online balloting continues until 7/2.
Reds starter Mike Leake is featured in the newest issue of Sports Illustrated.
To take a peek, open the PDF file below
The Leake issue hits newstands today.
Speaking of Leake, here are some pre-game photos of him and his teammates…
Check out this note from Elias Sports Bureau…
The Reds rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Dodgers, 11-9. Cincinnati has six wins this season, and all have come in their last at-bat, tying a modern major-league record. Since 1900, only one other team posted each of its first six wins in its final turn at the plate: the 1970 Giants.
And I will save the bad news for last…I think the photos explain it all……
Sad but true. I was trying to remove some loose pieces from Burt’s neck today when his head came off. Luckily he was medicated enough not to feel it, and as you can see from the photos, he’s still smiling. He’ll be out of action for a while as I try to find a professional to fix him (at a reasonable price). In the meantime, keep Burt in your thoughts.
That’s all for now!
I’ll be Tweeting from the Great American Ball Park pressbox tonight (and every home game)…follow my Tweets at Twitter.com/Jamiereds
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I’ll be back later with action from the game….