Over the past few days, media reports have surfaced calling into question Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman’s offseason routine and professional desire. Sadly, these reports have also produced a few personal allegations that unfairly portray Chapman as someone that he’s not.
Today, Better Off Red obtained photos and video from Chapman’s cell phone that give a more realistic glimpse into his offseason. This material includes photos of Chapman working out with amateur boxers, throwing with friends and spending time at the gym with his father. The video below shows Chapman performing an intense training exercise in a pool with dumbbells; an exercise that he performs regularly. Chapman prefers to work out with boxers because he likes the way they push him, their intensity and the increase in heart-rate he experiences from their exercises.
Aroldis sent us this material in an effort to show that he’s dedicated to his profession, his fans and the Cincinnati Reds.
The photos and video below were filmed/photographed last week and are a realistic representation of how Chapman spends his time in the offseason…
Homer Bailey, Jonathan Broxton, Sean Marshall and David Holmberg have arrived and took some throws this morning at the Reds Spring Training Complex in Goodyear.
Here are some photos…
Diamondbacks broadcaster Steve Berthiaume tweeted the following this morning…
— Steve Berthiaume (@BertDbacks) February 12, 2014
CINCINNATI (Feb. 11, 2014) — The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum showcases 145 years of Reds baseball history in the new exhibition Kings of the Queen City, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
Kings of the Queen City features a dynamic graphic timeline that emphasizes the greatest moments and biggest names in Reds history and a wide range of artifacts that represent Reds history from the early days of the team in the late 19th century to present day.
An interactive touch-screen monitor includes audio clips from many notable Reds personalities featured in the exhibit, and the exhibit’s companion film features rare images, audio and video from many of the unforgettable moments in the history of baseball’s oldest professional team.
Exhibit highlights include:
• Final-out baseballs from the Reds first and most recent World Series championships
• The first public display of Chris Sabo’s 1988 Rookie of the Year plaque
• Joey Votto’s 2010 National League Most Valuable Player Award plaque
• Game used equipment from the 1930s to the present day
A media preview and invitation-only ribbon cutting is Thursday, Feb 13, at 5 p.m.
The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m.
About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 81 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.
The Museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.
Located next to Great American Ball Park, The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is open during the offseason Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and seven days a week Opening Day through October with extended hours on game days.
Plan your visit at www.redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.
It’s still fairly quiet at the Reds Player Development complex in Goodyear. However, several of the pitchers are already here getting in early work. They include Sam LeCure, Logan Ondrusek, JJ Hoover, Pedro Villarreal, Jeff Francis, Mat Latos, Chad Rogers, Lee Hyde and Michael Lorenzen.
Better Off Red favorite, Tucker Barnhart has been busy catching a lot of bullpen sessions.
If you’re not familiar with Rogers, he’s a rising star in the Reds system who had to delay his professional debut in 2010 after he was bitten by a shark while surfing off the Gulf Coast. The injury required 60 stitches.
Lorenzen was the Reds Competitive Lottery Round A Pick (38th overall) in 2013. An incredible athlete, Lorenzen pitched and played outfield for Cal State-Fullerton. He appeared at 4 different minor league levels last year, his first professional season.
Hyde, a lefty, posted a 1.98 ERA in 53 relief appearances last year at Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville. He didn’t allow a run over 39 consecutive appearances (38.2ip) last year. It was the longest scoreless streak by any minor league reliever in 2013.
Here are some photos from this morning (click on the photos for player identification)…
An absolute gorgeous morning at the Reds Spring Training complex in Goodyear, Arizona. The forecast for today calls for lots of sun and temperatures reaching near 80 degrees; mid 80′s by the end of the week.
Several Reds pitchers and catchers are already here getting their work in, including Sam LeCure, who arrived at the complex this morning closely resembling the “Dude” on his t-shirt.
Below are photos to whet your baseball appetite…
If you’re on Twitter this weekend, don’t forget to add the hashtags #JoeyVotto and #FaceOfMLB in all of your tweets. Joey is looking to defend his “Face of Major League Baseball” title and he can’t do it without your tweets!
Here are a few fun photos of Joey to keep you motivated…
The next time you’ll hear from me, I’ll be under the warm sunny skies of Goodyear, AZ. I’m due to arrive Sunday. I’ll have tons of photos and any news that breaks from Reds camp.
Until then, expect good news!
Say “I Do” on the Diamond at Great American Ball Park – Aug. 22
Book by Valentine’s Day to receive a special gift from the Reds
CINCINNATI (Feb. 4, 2014) — Whether you’re saying “I Do” for the first time or renewing your vows, join the Reds for the second annual I Do’s On The Diamond group wedding on Friday, Aug. 22 at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds are offering the opportunity for couples to exchange vows during a ceremony on the field (officiated by a licensed minister) in front of thousands of fans prior to the first pitch between the Reds and Atlanta Braves at 7:10 p.m.
After the ceremony, couples can join 12 of their closest family and friends for an exclusive reception as they watch the Reds take on the Braves.
The wedding parties will enjoy an upscale buffet and open bar while partying the night away like a Reds VIP. The package also includes a congratulatory scoreboard message, Reds favors and décor, special photo opportunities with mascots along with unparalleled views of the postgame fireworks show.
Book your package by Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) and receive a special gift from the Reds for you and your valentine.
For complete details and pricing, please contact the Reds Special Events Department at (513) 765-7065 or email@example.com. On the web at reds.com/events.
Courtesy of my colleague Michael “Mando” Anderson…
Earlier today, Reds Groundskeeper Doug Gallant and his staff installed a grow blanket over the infield and outfield grass at Great American Ball Park. The purpose of the grow blanket is to insulate the grass for about a month and raise the temperature of the soil and roots to promote growth. The blanket will be removed in March and the grounds crew will begin to prepare the field for Opening Day.
Attached are a few photos…
I have no idea how I acquired it, but it’s been in my possession for several years. There’s no label of authenticity but it was obviously a game-used Reds helmet from many years back (size 7). It’s in pretty ratty shape.
If you want it, say so in the comments section. I’ll choose one random “winner.”
(remember, your comments don’t show up until I filter them. I’ll approve only the “winner’s” comment tomorrow)