The Cincinnati Reds are now within a week of their first Spring Training game, and everyone is in camp preparing for the festivities. While it’s early yet to know how the team will shape up in 2015, there are at least baseball-related activities to report just about every day. Here a few notes from yesterday.
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Joey Votto on the Field!
First baseman Joey Votto, attempting to return to full strength after a quad injury derailed his 2014 season, was a full participant in the Reds’ first full-squad practice of the Spring. According to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer, Votto fielded grounders and took his cuts at-bat. While the word all winter was that Votto was expected to be back in full swing for Spring Training, it’s still reassuring to see the Reds’ most potent offensive force going through the motions.
Arroyo on Latos
According to C. Trent Rosencrans, also with The Enquirer, Bronson Arroyo is not surprised that Mat Latos spoke out about rehabbing from injury while with the Reds. As Arroyo told Nick Piecoro of Arizona Republic:
"Mat speaks his mind. Mat’s also a guy who, depending on the day you catch him, you can get completely different answers, because if he’s agitated by something, he’s going to let you know how he feels at the time and it doesn’t always encompass how he feels every single day. Sometimes we say things — he can be a very impulsive guy and that’s part of what makes him who he is. He’s explosive."
Interesting to note that Arroyo did not directly refute Latos’ claims that the Reds tend to hurry players back from injury.
Great American Ball Park Technology Upgrades
The Reds are working to install wifi and green signage throughout Great American Ball Park, reports Steve Watkins of the Cincinnati Business Courier. A ubiquitous wireless Internet connection would help eliminate problems with cell signal that many fans experience when crammed into GABP, and the Reds hope to have the WiFi available in time for July’s All-Star week.
Meanwhile new signage trumpeting Great American Insurance will replace old versions, with the dual goals of better visibility and better energy efficiency.
No earth-shattering news from Redsland at this point, as you can see, but it sure is nice to know that the team is back on the field.