Daily Archives: March 25, 2009

March 25, 2009

Live Chat with a Reds Guy

When I tried to get in on one of these a few years ago, it was total crap, but I’m sure the technology has improved since then. So if you’ve got any questions for a Reds front office guy you wouldn’t recognize if you were filling up at the adjacent pump to his H2, sign in early. There will probably be a line in the virtual waiting room.

Reds VP and Asst. GM Bob Miller Will Answer Your Questions on Thursday, March 26, at 11 AM ET

Bob Miller is in his fourth season in the organization and in his 27th season in professional baseball. On February 10, 2006, he was hired as director of baseball administration by new Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky. He was promoted to assistant general manager on June 13, 2006, and in December 2006 was named vice president and assistant general manager. Miller assists the general manager in all phases of baseball operations, including arbitration cases, contract negotiations, waiver rules and interpretation and departmental budgeting.

Extra, extra, read all about it.

March 25, 2009

The One Year We Don’t Go To Spring Training

Jose Tabata, not kidnapping childrenFor the first time in years, the RHM family is unable to attend Spring Training, and this happens.

The Pirates acquired Jose Tabata, a top Yankees prospect, last year in the Xavier Nady trade. Apparently, during the off-season, Jose married Amaila. And Amaila has been arrested for kidnapping a 2 month-old baby. WTF?

Jose hasn’t been implicated and seems to be as surprised as everyone. Hopefully that remains the case.

My favorite part of the article is this, though.

Amaila Tabata Pereira was found with 10-pound Sandra Cruz-Francisco standing at a street corner in Bradenton, Florida.

Now, I haven’t cracked open my Kidnapper’s Bible in a few years–heck, there’s probably even a revised version by now–but that doesn’t seem like the best way to get away with a kidnapping. Maybe she was waiting for the kidnapper’s getaway bus.

March 25, 2009

Reds Roster Taking Shape

In somewhat of a surprise, the Reds included power bat Daryle Ward in their latest round of cuts. This is actually a good thing, as Ward had been absolutely terrible with the Cubs the last couple of years, and the Reds already have plenty of terrible Cubs screwing up their team.

The cut of Ward and 5 others gets the roster down to 36 players. Just 9 more to go before Opening Day. John Fay runs down who he thinks is in and where the decisions lie.

Shockingly, Fay thinks only 2 catchers will make the team. Surely the apocalypse isn’t far behind.