My time at Reds spring training is coming to an end. Today was my last full day at the Reds spring training complex. A chunk of the morning was spent interviewing Reds general manager Dick Williams. The Cincy GM was sympathetic to the players who’s names are swirling in trade rumors, but insisted he keeps them in on the loop and maintains an open door policy.
Williams said he does like the roster he has heading into the regular season, but concedes it would be a surprise to compete in a division with the loaded Chicago Cubs, Saint Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds are in a rebuilding mode, but that’s not to say they wont try to win every game.
I also spent some time with the new Dayton Dragons manager. Dick Schoefield talked about what he’s doing at spring training while he waits for his team to be assigned. He spends most of his days helping in any way he can, from hitting infield practice to picking Reds manager Bryan Price’s brain.
I ended the day with a drive over to Goodyear Ball Park. This is the first time I ever covered Reds spring training when no cactus league games were played. It’s a beautiful park and I’m glad I got a chance to see it before I go.
The Reds will play the Indians in the first cactus league game of the spring this Tuesday, the games start to count for real April 4th, when Cincinnati host the Philadelphia Phillies on opening day.
I leave spring training with the best coverage I’ve ever had! I interviewed every single projected starter, the manager, the GM and even sweet Lou Piniella. Thanks for the memories, see you next year!