HOT STOVE NOTEBOOK 11/3/10

From the Reds Media Relations department…

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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THE MAIN SPARK: The family of Sparky Anderson today announced that the Hall of Fame manager of the Big Red Machine has been placed in the care of hospice at his home in Thousand Oaks, CA…Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said in a statement, “We are very sad to hear the news of Sparky’s failing health. Every day here we are reminded of his contribution to the success of this proud franchise. The Reds’ family offers its prayers and support to Sparky and his family during this difficult time.”

TODAY’S NEWS: Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today was named Sporting News’ Executive of the Year for the third time after building a team that won the National League Central Division title by 5.0 games with a 91-71 record…was the Reds’ fi rst Postseason appearance since 1995…Jocketty also was recognized by Sporting News in 2000 and 2004…the 2010 Reds was the eighth club led to the playoffs by Jocketty and his seventh to win the NL Central outright…he is the Reds’ fi fth winner of the prestigious award, joining Warren Giles (1938), Gabe Paul (1956), Bob Howsam (1973) and Bob Quinn (1990)…Reds President and Chief Executive Offi cer Bob Castellini said, “We applaud Sporting News for recognizing the contributions of Walt and his staff to our 2010 championship team. He continues to improve our organization both on the fi eld and in the front offi ce. We are proud that his work here is noticed throughout baseball.”

TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS: Today the Reds exercised the 2011 contract options for RHP Bronson Arroyo (33gs, 17-10, 3.99) and OF Jonny Gomes (148g, .266, 18hr, 86rbi)…the club did not exercise contract options for next season for SS Orlando Cabrera (123g, .263, 4hr, 42rbi, 11sb) or RHP Aaron Harang (22g, 20gs, 6-7, 5.32), who became free agents.

HEART & HUSTLE: Reds OF Jonny Gomes currently leads the fan vote for the 2010 Heart and Hustle Award…throughtomorrow, fans can vote at baseballalumni.com for any of the 30 finalists…the award is presented annually by the MajorLeague Baseball Players Association to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies its values, spirit and traditions…the winner will be announced Friday in New York at the 11th annual Legends for Youth dinner, the primary fundraiser for MLBPA’s series of free Legends for Youth baseball clinics. 

FREE AGENTS: SS Orlando Cabrera and RHP Aaron Harang became free agents after the Reds declined to exercise their 2011 contract options…Reds players who became free agents immediately following the conclusion of the World Series were OF Willie Bloomquist, IF/OF Miguel Cairo, OF Jim Edmonds, C Ramon Hernandez, RHP Mike Lincoln, LHP Arthur Rhodes and RHP Russ Springer.

ARBITRATION: Players eligible for arbitration include LHP Bill Bray, OF Jay Bruce, RHP Jared Burton, RHP Johnny Cueto, C Corky Miller, OF Laynce Nix, RHP Edinson Volquez and 1B Joey Votto.

STARS OF STARS: Peoria Saguaros LHP Philippe Valiquette (54g, 4-1-5, 4.15 at Carolina/Louisville) and C Devin Mesoraco (113g, .302, 26hr, 75rbi, 3sb at Lynchburg/Carolina/Louisville) have been selected to play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET Saturday at Surprise Stadium…the showcase will be broadcast nationally by MLB Network and online via mlb.tv.

HALL OF FAMER: Next Wednesday (11/10) in Clearwater Beach Reds Senior Director of Player Development and Global Scouting Terry Reynolds will be inducted into the Florida State League Hall of Fame, along with players Sid Fernandez,Stanley Karpinski, Carlos Delgado and Dan Keith, managers Jim Leyland and Felipe Alou, executive Charlie Blaney and owners Frank Decker and Marvin Goldklang…as general manager of the Class A Vero Beach Dodgers, Reynolds was named the Florida State League Executive of the Year (1980, ’83, ’85), The Sporting News’ Minor League Executive of the Year (’83) and the Florida Diamond Executive of the Year (’86).

HANK AARON AWARD: Prior to Game 4 of the World Series, 1B Joey Votto received the Hank Aaron Award as the National League’s best hitter…Votto, 27, led the Reds to the National League Central Division championship while ranking among the NL’s Top 3 in 11 statistical categories, in the Top 5 in 15 categories and among the Top 8 in 18 categories…the MVP candidate led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage (.424) and led the NL in slugging percentage (.600), hitting on the road (.349), hitting vs RHP (.347), RBI ratio (4.8ab) and OPS (1.024)…in the prestigious Triple Crown categories Votto ranked second in hitting (.324) and third in both homers (37) and RBI (113)…Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (.260, 54hr,124rbi) was the AL winner…the National League’s Most Valuable Player will be announced by the BBWAA at 2:00 p.m. ET on Monday, November 22.

AWARDS SEASON: Following is a list of 2010 awards announcement dates: AL Rawlings Gold Glove (Tue, 11/9 on ESPNEWS), NL Rawlings Gold Glove (Wed, 11/10 on ESPNEWS), Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards (TBA, MLB Network), AL & NL Jackie Robinson Rookies of the Year (Mon, 11/15), NL Cy Young (Tue, 11/16), AL & NL Managers of the Year (Wed, 11/17), AL Cy Young (Thu, 11/18), NL Most Valuable Player (Mon, 11/22) and AL Most Valuable Player (Tue, 11/23)…the BBWAA awards will be announced at 2:00 p.m. ET, followed by conference calls with the winners at 3:00p.m. ET and, when there are 2 awards announced on the same day, 3:30 p.m. ET.

HOT STOVE TUESDAYS: The fi rst Hot Stove League radio show of the 2010 off-season is scheduled for next Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., then will move to Tuesdays through March 29…the popular show can be heard on 700 WLW Radio, via the internet at reds.com/hotstove and on the Reds On Radio Network…some of the shows will be broadcast live from the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum’s Palace of the Fans Theater…those TBA shows will be open to the public, with free admission to the Hall of Fame after 5:00 p.m..

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: OF Dave Sappelt, 23, was named the Southern League’s Most Valuable Player and Topps’ Southern League Player of the Year…in 133 apps overall at Class A Lynchburg, Class AA Carolina and Class AAA Louisville he led all Reds minor leaguers in hitting (.342) while ranking fi fth in both RBI (74) and stolen bases (25).

WINTER LEAGUE STATS: Statistics for all Reds players participating in the winter leagues can be found at mlb.com under the heading Stats by selecting Winter Leagues and then then club’s logo.

BETTER OFF RED: For insights into the Reds’ off-season, log on to Jamie Ramsey’s Better Off Red blog at ramsey.mlblogs.com.

SEASON IN REVIEW: The Reds’ 2010 Season In Review & Player Bios, 2010 Final Stats Pack, Louisville’s Final Gamenotes and Reds Final Farm Report all are available on the home page at redspressbox.com.

MOST RECENT TRANSACTIONS: 11/3, exercised the 2011 contract options on RHP Bronson Arroyo and OF Jonny Gomes; did not exercise the 2011 contract options on SS Orlando Cabrera or RHP Aaron Harang, who became free agents…11/2, OF Willie Bloomquist, IF/OF Miguel Cairo, OF Jim Edmonds, C Ramon Hernandez, RHP Mike Lincoln, LHP Arthur Rhodes and RHP Russ Springer became free agents.

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