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Posts Tagged ‘Walt Jocketty.’

Reds’ Votto has surgery on left knee; out of action 3 to 4 weeks

 

Joey Votto (photo by BubbaFan via wikipedia commons)

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, and will be lost to the National League Central Division leaders for three to four weeks.

A medical exam on Monday showed the tear and Votto had the arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday.

The Reds’ best hitter suffered the injury while sliding into third base on June 29 in San Francisco, but had continued to play without any problems.

Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty said that Votto did not have an MRI since that time because there was no need for one. The injury started to become reality in the last couple of days.

Votto decided to have the surgery, which only takes 20 to 30 minutes in July, so he can be ready for the “Dog Days” of August and September.

Votto said in a statement, “It is in my best interest and in the best interest of the team to do it now so that I can be healthy during the last two months of the pennant race.”

The 28-year-old Canadian is batting .342 with 14 homers and 49 RBI’s. He is the National League leader in doubles, extra-base hits, on-base percentage and walks.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, MLBpressbox.com, Radio & TV news

Reds prospect Hamilton chasing Minor League steals record in a season

 

Billy Hamilton (courtesy of Bakersfield Blaze)

The media who follow the Cincinnati Reds and the Bakersfield Blaze know that shortstop Billy Hamilton is a very important player in the future of the major league team.

Hamilton is a speedy, leadoff  hitter that the Reds have needed and wanted for years.

General manager Walt Jocketty continues to ignore and downplay the idea from fans and media that Hamilton should be called up during September as a situational late-inning baserunner to steal bases. Jocketty is looking at the big picture, the future.

There is no doubt the Reds need a leadoff hitter better than Zack Cozart or Chris Heisey, but Hamilton has to improve in other areas, like fielding. He made 39 errors last year for the Low-A Dayton Dragons. This year for the Advanced-A Bakersfield Blaze, the speed merchant has committed 24.

Hamilton has been the talk of Minor League Baseball this season.

He has a chance to break the all-time minor league record for steals of 145 by Vince Coleman in 1983. Everybody said that record would never be broken. But that was before Hamilton came on the scene.

In 2011 for Dayton, Hamilton lead the minor leagues with 103 stolen bases. This year, as of today, Friday, July 6, the Mississippi native has 103.

The 21-year-old Hamilton says he is just “letting the game come to him and not trying to get caught up in the 145 steals record.”

He has been caught 21 times, so it’s 103-124, a success rate of 82.4%. An excellent rating!

A switch-hitter, the 6’1, 160-pounder, who probably will end up in the Reds outfield in left-field, has drawn 49 walks and has a .326 batting average with 78 runs scored, 108 base hits, 18 doubles, 9 triples and 30 RBI’s.

The big question for the Reds management is, when will Hamilton be moved to Double-A? He has proven that Single-A is no match for him!

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Bakersfield Blaze, Radio & TV news

Reds’ 9-4 win over Cubs on Friday, puts franchise in 10,000 club

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Homer Bailey, the winning pitcher, Dusty Baker the manager and Walt Jocketty the general manager have all go down in Cincinnati Reds history with the team’s 9-4 win at Wrigley Field in Chicago against the Cubs.

The historical note will be the team’s 10,000th victory of all-time.

There are 30 Major League Baseball franchises and the Reds are one of only six who have won that many baseball games in history.

Cincinnati joins the Giants, Cubs, Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers as the teams with 10,000 or more wins. The Reds being the oldest MLB team, have 9,451 wins in the National League and 549 in the American Association.

A look at the 10,000 MLB win club

Team               Wins-Losses

Giants               10,529-9,040

Cubs                   10,314-9,790

Dodgers           10,228-9,281

Cardinals        10,205-9,494

Braves              10,042-10,032

Reds                   10,000-9,710

 

Info compiled from MLB, Radio & TV news

Reds, Marshall negotiating contract extension

 

Sean Marshall as a Cub last year (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

When the Cincinnati Reds acquired left-handed reliever Sean Marshall from the Chicago Cubs on December 23, fans and media felt they gave up too much talent just to rent a player for one year.

After all, the Reds gave up left-handed starter Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and infielder Ronald Torreyes.

In the midst of Spring Training, the Reds and Marshall are trying to reach an agreement on a contract extension.

Both Marshall and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty have confirmed the two sides are trying to come up with agreeable terms.

The 29-year-old Marshall, one of the game’s best situational leftys, is signed through 2012 for $3.1 million and can become a free agent in the off-season.

In 2011, against NL Central Division rivals Milwaukee and St. Louis, Marshall recorded an ERA of 0.00 in 15 appearances covering 16.1 innings while with the Cubs.

The 6’7 reliever has a career ERA at Great American Ball Park of 2.42 in 26 innings pitched covering 26 innings.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Cincinnati Reds & Chicago Cubs news

Reds hire Jim Riggleman as minor league manager

 

Jim Riggleman as Nationals manager on Bloggers Day (photo by MissChatter via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have announced that they’ve hired former major league manager Jim Riggleman to lead their new Double-A affiliate in Pensacola.

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos will play in the Southern League.

The new job will be Riggleman’s first in the dugout since his stunning decision to abruptly resign last June as the manager of the Washington Nationals over his contract situation when the team was in a hot streak, winning 11 of 12 games.

After leaving Washington, Riggleman worked as a scout for the San Francisco Giants.

Riggleman and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty have worked together before. Riggleman was the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League field coordinator while Jocketty was the team’s GM.

Riggleman, who is 59, has also managed the Padres, Cubs and Mariners.

 

Info compiled from the Cincinnati Reds

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