Daily Archives: February 17, 2006

February 17, 2006

Real Quick, Before I Pass Out

I'm going to keep this short because I've already started drinking tonight. I've got only two things.

1. Javy had a boy. Congratulations to the family from RHM.

2. Opening day tickets go on sale tomorrow (along with all the other single-game tickets). I'll be clicking my mouse and dialing my phone like mad, but I'm not optimistic. Good luck to everyone tomorrow, and if you do get through, don't forget your favorite blogger.

February 17, 2006

Reds Hire First Base Coach Veteran

CINCINNATI, OH -- Reds' Manager Jerry Narron re-hired Randy Whisler to be first base coach today when John Moses unexpectedly retired yesterday.

Moses was almost on the plane to report for duty at spring training when he realized that he just couldn't tear himself away from the people he loves most.

“It caught me completely off guard,” Reds manager Jerry Narron said. “He's been in baseball a long time. He told me he was on his way to the airport and just had a change of heart with what he was doing. He felt like he had to do what's best for his family.”

Narron wasted no time tracking down the man who had held the position immediately prior to Moses.

“Whisler brings a lot of base-coaching experience,” said Narron. “He's a real veteran.”

Ken Griffey, father of the Reds' center fielder by the same name, had been thought to be a front-runner for the position. Griffey seemed to fit well with Castellini's stated desire to include more former Reds in the day-to-day activities of the team and could lend his experience with a winning Reds team. Plus, junior Griffey tends to hit better when his father is around; he's hit four home runs on his father's birthdays and four more on Father's Days throughout his career.

“Having Whisler as the first base coach gives us more flexibility,” explained Narron. “He allows us to use [Griffey Sr] in more of a utility role.

February 17, 2006

Hudson and Bong are Lucky Pennies

It's lucky pennies that always turn back up, right?

When Luke Hudson was designated for assigment to make room for Michael Gosling, and Jung Keun Bong for Scott Hatteberg, it seemed like I was reading a lot of “I never liked him anyway” or “I really thought he could work out” kinds of comments. People seemed to think they were gone forever.

In both cases, though, there's still time to not like or hope for the best for the guys. Both cleared waivers and are again signed with the organization. For Bong, it seemed easy:

Jung Keun Bong has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Louisville along with an invitation to big-league camp.

For Hudson, it was a touch more complicated:

“Waivers were secured (once) to allow us to outright Hudson to Louisville. Because he was a potential minor league free agent, under MLB rules he must sign a major league contract prior to being outrighted. This rule applies to any potential minor league free agent who is outrighted during the off-season after October 15 of the previous year (Bong, Hancock and Kozlowski are in the same category).”

Actually, that makes it sound like Bong was in the same situation, but we were spared the gory details. Really, I'm grateful.