Today the following letter from Mr. Castellini and attached bio (see above) on Barry Larkin was sent to voting members of the BBWAA, who have until December 31 to return the ballot. The announcement will be made January 6.
Dear Hall of Fame Voter:
As you prepare to vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010, please accept this letter in support of Barry Larkin.
The Cincinnati Reds organization is extremely proud of Barry’s accomplishments during an extraordinary 19-year Major League career, spent entirely with his hometown team.
On and off the field, Barry represented himself and the Queen City with the class and professionalism consistent with the ideals of Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Even today, he continues to be one of our game’s greatest ambassadors.
On the following two pages, please review Barry’s remarkable accomplishments produced over what the Reds family feels is a Hall of Fame career. On behalf of our organization and Barry individually, I thank you for your consideration.
Robert H. Castellini
President and Chief Executive Officer
Yesterday the Reds added to the 40-man roster RHP Enerio Del Rosario, OF Chris Heisey, RHP Logan Ondrusek, RHP Jordan Smith, IF Chris Valaika, LHP Philippe Valiquette and LHP Travis Wood…the Reds also outrighted off the roster RHP Daryl Thompson, while OF Laynce Nix refused an outright assignment and elected free agency…C Craig Tatum was claimed off waivers by Baltimore…the Reds current 40-man roster (attached) includes 40 players.
SWEET LOU: Lou Piniella, manager of the Reds’ 1990 World Series championship team, will attend Redsfest on Friday, December 4. Piniella, along with members of that 1990 club and current and former Reds players, will be introduced on the main stage at 6:30 p.m..
REDSFEST: FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest, presented by Kahn’s, benefiting the Reds Community Fund will be held at Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, December 4 from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m….1-day tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for fans 12 and under…2-day tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids…tickets are on sale now via the internet at reds.com, by phone at (513) 381-REDS, at all area Meijer stores and at Great American Ball Park administration offices.
TODAY’S AFFILIATE NEWS: Today the Reds announced that Class AAA Louisville’s coaching staff will include manager Rick Sweet, hitting coach Adrian Garrett, pitching coach Ted Power and athletic trainer Tomas Vera; Class A Lynchburg’s coaching staff will include manager Pat Kelly, hitting coach Tony Jaramillo, pitching coach Rigo Beltran and athletic trainer Dale Nitzel; rookie league Billings’ coaching staff will include manager Delino DeShields, hitting coach Alex Pelaez, pitching coach Bob Forsch and athletic trainer Charles Leddon; rookie Arizona League Goodyear’s coaching staff will include manager Julio Garcia, pitching coach Tom Browning, hitting coach Jorge Orta, head athletic trainer Clete Sigwart, assistant athletic trainer Charlie Rodriguez and strength and conditioning coach Zach Gjestvang.
President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced that the Cincinnati Reds and C Ramon Hernandez have agreed to terms on a 1-year contract through the 2010 season with an option for 2011. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
In 81 games last season Hernandez hit .258 with 13 doubles, 5 HR and 37 RBI. With Joey Votto on the disabled list in June, Hernandez started at first base in 18 of the Reds’ 21 games. From July 20-September 18 he missed 57 games while on the disabled list with a left knee injury that required surgery.
Today the Reds corporate sales department presented their “Inside Look” luncheon to current and prospective corporate partners. The event took place in the recently renovated FS Ohio Champions Club at Great American Ball Park. The group listened to various members of the Reds organization speak about partnership possibilities, on-the-field matters and anecdotal stories from a certain Hall of Famer.
Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini welcomed and addressed the crowd.
Reds Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman impressed the crowd with one of his many, many stories.
Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty explained what the organization is doing to improve the team for next season. He also will be sharing some breaking news, stay tuned for a future post.
Here is Hal and a fan, along with Hal’s wife Nadine (far left).
TODAY’S NEWS: The starting time for the Friday, 3/19 spring training game vs the Mariners at Goodyear Ballpark has been changed to 7:05 p.m. MST (10 p.m. ET)…the game originally was scheduled to be played that afternoon…attached is the updated 2010 spring training schedule…the schedule is subject to change.
CAROLINA STAFF: Today the Reds announced the Class AA Carolina Mudcats coaching staff to include manager David Bell, hitting coach Ryan Jackson, pitching coach Tom Brown and athletic trainer Jimmy Mattocks…see previous post.
Today, the Cincinnati Reds announced the Class AA Carolina coaching staff to include manager David Bell, hitting coach Ryan Jackson, pitching coach Tom Brown and athletic trainer Jimmy Mattocks. See attached release for more information.
TODAY’S NEWS: Class A Dayton today announced that Todd Benzinger will return as manager, Tony Fossas will return as pitching coach, and Tyler Steele will return as athletic trainer…Ken Griffey Sr., who had been a special assistant to player development, will serve as the Dragons’ hitting coach.
REDSLAND FOREVER: Redlands Forever, an illustration by artist C.F. Payne that features Reds legends spanning 140 years, will be unveiled tonight at the Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Drive)…the cocktail reception is free and open to the public…Payne will lecture at 7:00 p.m….Chris Sabo, the newest member of the Reds Hall of Fame, will meet and greet fans…all proceeds from sales of the print will benefit the Reds Community Fund.