HOT STOVE NOTEBOOK 12/14/12

In light of today’s tragedy in Connecticut, we’re going to postpone The Umpteen Days of Christmas until tomorrow (Saturday).  Go home and hug the ones you love.

In the meantime, here’s some news from the Reds…

TODAY’S NEWS: Today the Reds named Ronnie Ortegon Major League assistant hitting coach, Ryan Jackson minor league hitting coordinator, Jim Riggleman manager at Louisville, Delino DeShields manager at Pensacola, Ken Griffey Sr. manager at Bakersfield, Jose Nieves manager at Dayton, Pat Kelly manager at Billings and Eli Marrero manager at AZL Reds; promoted Nick Krall to Director of Baseball Operations, Jeff Graupe to Director of Player Development, Sam Grossman to Director of Baseball Research and Analysis, Jeff Taylor to Special Assistant to the GM and John Morris to Special Assistant to the GM; named Reed MacPhail Baseball Operations Assistant and Will Harford professional scout…in 2012, Riggleman managed at Pensacola, DeShields at Dayton and Nieves at AZL Reds…Marrero was the hitting coach at Bakersfield…Jackson had been the hitting coach at Louisville…Griffey will manage his third season at Bakersfield and Kelly his third at Billings.

GOODYEAR TIX ON SALE TOMORROW: Single-game tickets for Reds spring training games in Arizona at Goodyear Ballpark will go on sale tomorrow at noon ET…prices range from $8 berm seats to $30 right field pavilion seats…season ticket deposits also are being accepted for the full-season plan, which includes all home games for both the Reds and Indians, or each team’s season package…3 game mini-plans are also available…in addition to saving between $36 and $180 per seat, season ticket holder benefits include exclusive presale opportunities, discount coupons and a season ticket holder appreciation party…full-season plan holders also receive a complimentary season parking pass…fans can purchase single-game tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000…for more information about season tickets, Goodyear Ballpark or the Reds’ state-of-the-art spring training facility, call (623) 882-3130 or log on to http://www.reds.com/spring.

HOT STOVE AT THE HOLY GRAIL: The popular Hot Stove League radio show can be heard every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. on 700 WLW Radio, via the internet at reds.com/hotstove and on the Reds On Radio Network…through 1/15, every show except those on Christmas and New Year’s Day will be broadcast live from Holy Grail Banks, across the street from Great American Ball Park…RHP Sam LeCure is scheduled to attend Tuesday night’s show at Holy Grail.

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