Casey Talks to Simmons

For all of the Sean Casey fans still out there, The Mayor speaks with  ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons on his podcast this week.

It can be streamed or downloaded directly from ESPN.com or iTunes.

On The Radio…or Off

As readers of this blog you may know my undying quest to see that the Reds on Radio broadcast is loud and clear from the beginning of the game to the end, without interruption.  That, however, is proving to be elusive.

Last year I contacted Joe Zerhusen and met him in person at RedsFest.  He told me that they were trying everything to get a reliable signal to Louisville for all of the games.  Someone at the Reds Winter Caravan stop here in Louisville also asked the same question but got the brush off by George Grande who was mceeing the event.

If I thought another letter would help the situation, I would definintely write one.  I know Joe Zerhusen is working hard.  The problem is that there aren’t any stations with strong signals willing to give up their nightly programming so a small but dedicated audience can listen to a baseball game.

If you are so inclined and still feel that this situation needs to be changed, please feel free to contact Joe via letter or e-mail yourself (send it c/o The Reds using the Great American Ballpark address) and tell him that you are still unsatisified with the way things are going.

Disturbing Trends

From CBS Sportsline.com

Chris Dickerson might well be the team’s best athlete, which makes his most recent injury — a lump the size of a sugarcube over his right eye, caused when he walked into a hotel’s revolving door — all the more worrying. … Alex Gonzalez’s last hit came on Sept. 21, 2007. That is not, sadly, an exaggeration for comic effect. … Arthur Rhodes and David Weathers, being all trusty and whatnot, are on pace to appear in something like 154 games each.

I guess this isn’t as bad as the Astros:

For purposes of the 2009 Power Rankings, all games played against the Astros will be stricken from the record. Beating the Astros is like beating a bunch of gloveless nuns and should be weighted as such. … They should start the inevitable rebuilding process yesterday. Jose Valverde could fetch a few mid-level prospects from a contender lacking bullpen depth and Roy Oswalt, who will be in decline by the time the ‘Stros have restocked the pantry, would be coveted by at least 10 teams.

R.I.P. Harry Kalas

The long-time Phillies announcer and voice of NFL Films has passed.

The 73 year-old native of Napersville, Illinois died today shortly before the Phillies game against the Washington Nationals in D.C. after collapsing in the broadcast booth.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and will be sorely missed by the entire baseball community.  Especially those, like me, who love the legandary voices of the game like Kalas and Vin Scully.  I’ve listened to multiple Phillies games over the years just to hear him say, “OUTTTAAA HERRRRE” on his famous home run call.

Dunn “had offer from Nats”

From John Heyman of SI.com

The market has been mostly quiet for free agent slugger Adam Dunn, but a baseball source said Dunn did receive a contract offer from the Nationals, who badly want a power hitter. The Nats targeted Dunn after making a spirited free-agent run at Mark Teixeira, who signed with the Yankees. But so far, Dunn hasn’t seemed eager to sign with Washington.

Dunn could still wind up in Washington, but the Nationals’ offer has sat there so long he’s sent a clear message he’d prefer to go elsewhere. One other possibility for Dunn could be the Dodgers if they aren’t able to work out a contract with Manny Ramirez, who is by far their first choice to enhance their offense.

One quibble I have with Heyman as he writes later…

Dunn was hoping to hit the jackpot in the free-agent market, and one baseball executive said he believes former Dunn teammate Brandon Phillips‘ contention that Dunn was hoping for a $100 million contract.

I thought Bronson Arroyo made the comment after Dunn was traded and not Brandon? Am I wrong?

SHOCKING!

This post deserves a Drudge siren.

Need I say more?

According to Chico Harlan of the Washington Post, the Nationals have signed catcher Javier Valentin to a minor league contract.

Valentin, 33, hit .256/.326/.411 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 129 at-bats for the Reds last season.  He’ll be given a shot to win the backup catching job over Wil Nieves this spring.  Nieves, 31, batted .261/.309/.341 with one dinger and 20 RBI in 176 at-bats during the ’08 season.

Griardi Speaks at Louisville Dinner

The manager of the New York Yankees, Joe Girardi addressed the University of Louisville Baseball Lead-off Dinner on last Friday night as the keynote speaker to start the collegiate baseball season.

Girardi, along with his son Dante, addressed about 400 guests during Friday night’s dinner talking about several important aspects of baseball and life.  He addressed the importance of relationships in the clubhouse and taking charge when something goes wrong.  Forceful in nature and very intense, Girardi mentioned several times, as did  second-year head coach of Louisville baseball Dan McDonnell, that several of the players were missing due to “poor choices” made prior to the dinner.  Those players were barred from being a part of the dinner for an undisclosed reason.

Prior to Girardi making his address, Louisville baseball head coach Dan McDonnell told the players pointedly, “We are already behind”.  Stressing the need to “get out of the gate” fast, McDonell told his players and the fans that pre-season rankings mean nothing.  Citing multiple polls (Louisville is anywhere from 8 to 25 in various national polls) he told the players that they must come together quickly and work harder at their various drills during the short trainging period starting today before heading down to Florida for thier first games of the season.

After Girardi’s address, emcee Sean Moth interviewed Girardi about his playing days, people who he worked with, and what it was like being the Yankee manager.

Louisville finished the season as Big East Conference champions for the first time ever, but failed to advance in the NCAA tournement.  In 2007, Louisville reached its first ever College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.