Reds Hall of Fame announces Johnny Bench Jersey Legacy Brick Campaign

CINCINNATI (Dec. 12, 2012) – The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is offering fans the opportunity to build their own legacy at Great American Ball Park and support the museum’s statue projects by sponsoring a new personalized brick paver at the entrance to the museum.

The Legacy Brick Campaign includes a limited number bricks outside Great American Ball Park. Upon ordering, you can choose from the following locations:

  • At the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum entrance
  • Surrounding the Johnny Bench Jersey statue near the Hall’s entrance
  • Surrounding the forthcoming Joe Morgan statue (to be dedicated in Sept. 2013 and location to be determined)


Proceeds from the Legacy Brick Campaign will support the Hall of Fame’s efforts to preserve and promote Reds history and the creation of statues of Reds legends around the ballpark, beginning with Joe Morgan’s which is scheduled for unveiling during the 2013 baseball season.

“For everyone, attending a game at the ballpark has a special meaning and is a place where memories are made and families and friends connect,” said Rick Walls, Reds Hall of Fame and Museum executive director. “Participating in the brick campaign will allow fans to celebrate an important day or moment, recognize a special person in their life, or record a memory, while at the same time support a worthy cause.”

Personalized bricks are available in two sizes, 4″x8″ and 8″x8″, with prices beginning at $150.

A brick sponsorship includes an installed legacy brick, a complimentary replica brick with affixed commemorative plaque and an individually numbered keepsake certificate suitable for framing. Shipping is included to the 48 contiguous United States (excludes HI and AK).

Bricks can be ordered online at or by calling 1-855-FAN-BRIX.

The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization and therefore a portion of your contribution may be tax-deductible as allowable by law.

Installation of bricks at the Hall entrance and Johnny Bench statue are currently scheduled for July. The bricks around the Morgan statue will be installed in September.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:

Johnny Bench Jersey, Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 81 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction. The museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.

Yadi cuts down Joey Votto Jersey Rollins to halt USA’s running game

The way Puerto Rico right-hander Nelson Figueroa was throwing on Friday night, he didn’t need much help from his defense. But he picked up a big assist from his catcher to end the sixth inning.

Yadier Molina showed why he is one of the toughest in the game to steal a base off.

With Team USA trailing by four runs, Jimmy Rollins — who had singled with one out — was looking to make something happen and tried to swipe second with two outs.

It didn’t work out, as Molina unleashed a laser throw. Second baseman Irving Falu was there to apply the tag for the third out, leaving Ryan Braun at the plate.

Molina is a big part of Puerto Rico’s club. But on Saturday, manager Edwin Rodriguez is giving the All-Star a rest.

“We are still in Spring Training,” the manager said. “As soon as the game starts, we’ll try to win.”

Figueroa was in complete control in his six innings, limiting Team USA to no runs on two hits.

Figueroa credited Molina for his game management.

“I had faith in the plan with Yadier Molina,” the right-hander said. “To attack the strike zone.”

In his last two World Baseball Classics, Figueroa has allowed Joey Votto Jersey two runs in 17 1/3 innings.

Team USA got on the board in the seventh inning. Joe Mauer tripled off Giovanni Soto and scored on Giancarlo Stanton’s single.

Figueroa Joey Votto Jersey silences doubters with Cincinnati Reds superb start

Hearing what he couldn’t do helped inspire Joey Votto Nelson Figueroa to show what he actually still can do.

At 38, and out of Major League Baseball since 2011, Figueroa entered Friday night feeling he had plenty to prove Joey Votto Bio.

The right-hander indeed stepped up, dissecting Team USA over six scoreless innings in Puerto Rico’s 4-3 upset victory in Round 2 of the Joey Votto World Baseball Classic Jersey.

To the surprise of many, Puerto Rico has stamped its ticket to the semifinals in San Francisco, while the United States has been eliminated.

Just three nights earlier, Team USA beat Puerto Rico, 7-1. The win put the USA in what was an enviable position of having to win one of two games. But it lost both, including a 3-1 contest to the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

Now, behind Figueroa’s crafty pitching and Andy Gonzalez’s two-run double in the Joey sixth innin Votto MLB , Puerto Rico is joining the Dominican squad in San Francisco.

Even though the formality of who is advancing out west has been decided, Round 2 at Marlins Park has one game to go. At 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, Puerto Rico and the Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Baseball Jersey Dominican Republic will square off to determine seeding in the semifinals.

To Figueroa, who appeared in 145 big league games over nine seasons, Friday’s performance is one of the most gratifying of his career.

“The fact of the matter is we were the supreme underdogs against that USA lineup,” Figueroa said. “I sat up watching MLB Network, and I heard all the things that I couldn’t do and I could do. So it was motivation to show what kind of pitcher I was.”

A journeyman in the big leagues, Figueroa broke in with the D-backs in 2000. He also played for the Phillies, Mets, Pirates, Brewers and Astros. Now he has the distinction of leading Puerto Rico to the semifinals.

“He kept us off-balance,” USA’s Brandon Phillips said. “He was hitting his spots.”

There was nothing fancy about how the right-hander held the United States hitless through three innings. He threw strikes, mixed speeds and completely had the United States searching for answers.

Phillips had USA’s first hit, a single to open the fourth. And in the sixth, Jimmy Rollins added a single. That was it off Figueroa.

Team USA struggled to make solid contact on the right-hander, who kept them off-stride with a fastball that rarely reached 88 mph.

“I go against the book sometimes,” Figueroa said. “I don’t throw very hard, but I’ll pitch inside. A lot of times they’ll sit outside, waiting for that breaking ball, and they won’t get it.”

Working with All-Star catcher Yadier Molina made it easy for Figueroa to execute his game plan.

“It was a great exhibition of what can be done without having a plus fastball,” Figueroa said. “Yadier had a great plan. I didn’t really have to shake him off, if at all. It was an Joey Votto Jersey Cheap opportunity to show that good pitching beats good hitting.”

The United States roster featured all current big leaguers, while Puerto Rico certainly had stars like Molina, Carlos Beltran and Angel Pagan. But it also had players who were ex-big leaguers, and some former Minor Leaguers.

Gonzalez, a 31-year-old third baseman, played in 91 big league games in parts of three seasons. His last big league chance came in 2009 with the Marlins.

Yet, in the sixth inning, with the bases full, it was Gonzalez who swatted a two-run double to left field, making it 4-0.

“I’m a guy who hasn’t had much time in the big leagues,” Gonzalez said. “I can say it was the biggest at-bat for me. It was great. This is what every baseball player dreams about, having a big AB like this. I’m grateful we came out on Joey Votto Jersey top.”

In the late innings, Team USA rallied, but J.C. Romero, a 14-year MLB lefty reliever, slammed the door with a four-out save.

“We’ve been against the wall,” Romero said. “Nobody gave us a chance. But you know what? That room in there, they believe in themselves. They believe that on paper, you don’t win the World Series, and you don’t win the WBC. You’ve got to execute. You’ve got to play the game between those lines. That’s what we did tonight.

“For me, that was very special. I know for my teammates, it’s been very special as well. I’ve been through a lot the last few years. This save was very rewarding for me. I hope I can build Joey Votto Jersey something very positive from this.”

Lotzkar Joey Votto Jersey throws inning against Reds MLB Baseball Canadian countrymen

Truth be told, Joey Votto Reds Jersey pitching prospect Kyle Lotzkar wasn’t entirely comfortable about facing his opponent in a relief appearance Wednesday.

The foes were Canada’s World Baseball Classic team. Lotzkar, 23, hails from outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.

“I’d rather not,” Lotzkar responded when asked about facing his Joey Votto countrymen. “I played with a lot of the guys and went to high school with some of the guys. I won a gold medal with a lot of those guys. It’s the team I have a lot of history with. Playing for Team Canada is a different experience than what I’ve had in pro ball. Pro ball, even though you’re on a team, you’re also looking out for yourself as much as anything. On Team Canada, it’s such a group mentality and team mentality.”

The Reds didn’t set up the Joey Votto Jersey pitching schedule so Lotzkar could face Canada — it just worked out that way.

“It’s not [planned to be special] but I hope he makes it like that,” manager Dusty Baker said before the Reds defeated Canada by a 12-2 score. “Added motivation — you want to be good against your homeboys.”

Lotzkar didn’t have to pitch in a high-leverage situation when he entered in the top of the eighth inning. The Reds already had a commanding eight-run lead and benefitted from a six-run second inning that featured Ryan Ludwick’s three-run home run. In the third inning, Miguel Olivo also slugged a three-run homer for the 10-2 lead. The offense was compiled without Joey Votto, who, unlike Lotzkar, opted not to play because he is a member of both team’s rosters.

Canada’s first two batters were retired quickly by Lotzkar, who got a foul popout behind first base and a groundout to the shortstop. He issued a walk to Jonathan Malo before Tim Smith reached on an error by right fielder Denis Phipps. Lotzkar escaped on Jimmy Van Ostrand’s groundout to third base.

In his first spring appearance Sunday vs. the Royals, Lotzkar was charged with four runs, two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Lotzkar hopes to one day be pitching for Canada in the Classic and has already represented his country internationally. In 2011, he was part of a gold medal-winning national team in the Pan American Games and claimed a bronze in the Baseball World Cup. He was on the provisional roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic but did not make the team, and he wound up missing that season with a stress fracture in his right elbow.

Ranked as the Reds’ No. 6 prospect for 2013 by, Lotzkar was a combined 7-6 with a 4.55 ERA in 22 starts and one relief appearance with Class A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola. In 112 2/3 innings, he walked a lot of batters — 63 — while striking out 123.

An injury in 2012 also prevented Lotzkar from being considered for this year’s edition of the World Baseball Classic. He spent the last month of the season with right shoulder irritation, and an offseason MRI exam revealed a SLAP tear of the labrum in his shoulder, also known as a tear to the top part of the labrum, from the front to the back. It did not require surgery, however.

“Going into a playoff-like atmosphere after a pretty significant injury is probably not the best idea,” Lotzkar said.

A former left wing in his youth hockey days, Lotzkar chose baseball to be his profession during his time at South Delta High School. The Reds made him a supplemental first-round pick (53rd overall) in the 2007 Joey Votto Authentic MLB Baseball Jersey Draft.

A Blue Jays and Mariners fan as a kid, Lotzkar grew up liking Roy Halladay and Roger Clemens, but also followed fellow British Columbian Jeff Francis of the Rockies.

Lotzkar hopes to be part of the continuing wave of Canadian talent that has crossed south of its border — including Votto, the Twins’ Justin Morneau and former high school teammate Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays.

There are fewer pitchers that are currently in the Majors, but the Joey Votto Jersey list includes Brewers closer John Axford and the Tigers’ Shawn Hill.

“We’re getting a lot more recognition now because of names like Votto, especially recently,” Lotzkar said. “It’s one of those things, especially on the west coast of Canada Joey Votto Los Rojos Alternate Red Jersey, the weather is not too bad and the playing season is longer. Pitchers have a little disadvantage, especially coming out of Canada, compared to warmer states — we throw two days a week and our season is half of theirs. But you’re seeing a lot of really good hitters starting to come from there.”

Still catching up after his shoulder issues, Lotzkar was late working off a mound. But he has been developing his changeup since last season. Because it still bothers his shoulder when hitting Cheap Joey Votto Jersey, he will be transitioned from a starter to a reliever this season.

“Whatever gets me there,” Lotzkar said. “I attribute the walks a lot Joey Votto Jersey to health but cutting those will be a byproduct of being completely healthy.”

Reds romp against Joey Votto Los Rojos Jersey less Team Canada

Not wanting to betray any allegiances to either side, Joey Votto Reds and Canadian superstar Joey Votto not only chose to sit out Wednesday’s exhibition game between his team and his country, he wasn’t even in the building.

No Votto, no problem for the Joey Votto Reds Jerseys during a 12-2 victory at Goodyear Ballpark. Cincinnati sent nine men to the plate during a six-run bottom of the second inning that featured Ryan Ludwick’s three-run home run.

In the top of the second inning, Canada appeared to be in good shape without Votto as well. After Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos issued a two-out walk to 2013 Los Rojos Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders, Blue Jays Triple-A left fielder Adam Loewen attacked a 2-0 pitch for a two-run homer and a 2-1 lead.

On the mound, Mark Hardy gave up a first-inning run on Neftali Soto’s two-out lined single to right field and caught a break when Soto rounded too far around first base before getting tagged in a rundown. Hardy, a Double-A lefty for the Padres, wasn’t so fortunate in the second.

After a leadoff single by Todd Frazier, Chris Heisey hit a double to left field. Miguel Olivo’s sacrifice fly brought home Frazier, and 2013 Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto Los Rojos Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey Emmanuel Burriss followed with an RBI double to left field. Following singles by Shin-Soo Choo and Zack Cozart, Hardy’s final pitch yielded a lineout by Jay Bruce.

Reliever Trystan Magnuson, a Double-A pitcher from the Blue Jays, surrendered a two-out, three-run homer over the left-field wall to his first batter — Ludwick. In the third inning with no outs, Olivo hit a Magnuson first pitch for another three-run homer that made it a 10-2 game.

“Today, it seemed like everybody was getting that first strike and doing something with it,” said Frazier, who exited after going 2-for-2 with two runs scored. “For me, that’s basically what I was trying to do — find a groove. It’s Spring Training. You want to get Joey Votto MLB Baseball Jersey your hits but at the same time feel comfortable at the plate. Like [manager] Dusty [Baker] says, when you get that first-pitch fastball, let’s go and do some damage. That’s what we did. We swung a lot and hit the ball real hard, which was pretty exciting to see.”

Latos pitched three innings and gave up two runs and two hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Hardy was charged with six runs on seven hits over 1 2/3 innings.

From the Reds bullpen, Jonathan Broxton worked a scoreless inning with one hit. Sam LeCure was pretty sharp with four strikeouts over two scoreless innings.

“Not a good night,” Canada manager Ernie Whitt said. “Hopefully we got it all out of the Joey Votto Los Rojos Jersey way tonight and will be ready to go on Friday. We made some mistakes defensively. We didn’t swing the bats real well. We had four hits. Mind you, they had some pretty good arms throwing out there against us. But it was not a pretty game.

Canada opens first-round play in the World Baseball Classic vs. Italy at Scottsdale’s Salt River Fields.

Third baseman Brett Lawrie, also a member of the Blue Jays, exited the game with a potential injury.

“He felt a little twinge in his Joey Votto Los Rojos Jersey side and we took him out as a precaution,” Whitt said. “He was only going to play four innings tonight anyway. He’s seeing the trainers and we’ll see what goes on.”

Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds Jersey sharp as Reds split-squad falls to Rox

Pitching and defense ruled the day as the Reds and Rockies staged a rare spring pitching duel Thursday, with Rockies hurlers perfect through three innings and Aroldis Chapman Reds pitchers retiring the first eight hitters they faced in a 4-3 Colorado win over split-squad Cincinnati.

The Rockies’ Juan Nicasio bounced back after a rough first outing to record four groundouts and two strikeouts in his two innings on the hill. He was followed by Jeff Francis, who pitched a perfect third, watching the first ball from either team leave the Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds Jersey infield with one out, only to drop into the glove of center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Aroldis Chapman proved their equal for Cincinnati, throwing two perfect innings with four groundouts, a dropped-third-strike strikeout, and a popup to second. It was his first outing of the Cactus League, and his perfect performance bodes well for his Aroldis Chapman Authentic Jersey bid to crack the Reds’ rotation this spring.

“I feel really happy about it,” Chapman said via interpreter Tomas Vera. “I could locate the pitches where I wanted. The results were good.”

Of Chapman’s 23 pitches over two innings, 19 were strikes.

The Rockies’s Matt McBride broke through with the game’s first hit in the bottom of the third, launching a triple off the left-field wall, but he was then stranded. In the next frame, Jordan Pacheco drilled a double to center, then scored on Nolan Arenado’s double to Aroldis Chapman Jerseys center, with Arenado advancing to third on an error from center fielder Denis Phipps.

Arenado kicked off a highlight play in the top of the fifth as Jeff Francis allowed base hits to the first two Reds he faced then coaxed a grounder to third out of Zack Cozart. Arenado grabbed the ball on the bounce, stepped on third base, fired to Eric Young Jr. at second, and watched Young turn beautifully to catch Cozart with a throw to Henry Wrigley at first.

“I knew it was a triple play as soon as he caught it,” Francis said. “Just because it was a one-hopper to his right. I know Cozart runs pretty well, but I just said, ‘No way, this is Aroldis Chapman Jersey happening.’ I called it. I said to myself, ‘Well, this will be nice.'”

The Reds tied the score in the sixth when Xavier Paul knocked a two out single and Brandon Phillips doubled home pinch-runner Billy Hamilton, both coming off Matt Belisle.

Cincinnati took its first lead off Rockies reliever Logan Kensing, as the journeyman right-hander gave up a single and double to Neftali Soto and Seth Mejias-Brean, then, after striking out two, gave up a two-run single to left off the bat of Devin Mesoraco.

Colorado reclaimed the lead with a three-run rally in the seventh when DJ LeMahieu doubled in Aroldis Chapman Jersey Gustavo Molina and Mejias-Brean made two errors, yielding two runs on one play.

Reds’ bats are hot in Joey Votto Jersey spring opener against Tribe

It is usually said that the pitchers are ahead of the hitters at the onset of Spring Training. That theory flew out the window on Friday, when the Indians and Reds renewed their rivalry in a Cactus League contest at a breezy Goodyear Ballpark.

Both teams showed off their revamped lineups, but Cleveland came out on top with an 11-10 walk-off victory over Cincinnati. Mike McDade hit a bases-clearing double off Reds pitcher Drew Hayes in the ninth to win it. The always-energized Nick Swisher was ecstatic about the Joey Votto Jersey early showing from his new Indians squad.

“You add little pieces here or there, man,” Swisher said, “And the team gets excited, and we pop out seven runs in the first three innings in the first game. Guys are really excited just to get out in those game-type situations where you can compete, not only against our own guys.”

Swisher, who signed a four-year contract worth $56 million with the Tribe over the winter, roped an RBI single in the first inning — his first act as a member of the Indians in a game. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall chipped in a two-run homer, left fielder Michael Brantley contributed a pair of doubles and catcher Joey Votto MLB Baseball Jersey Carlos Santana had two run-scoring singles.

That combined effort helped Cleveland take a 7-5 lead in the third inning after trailing 5-0 in the first.

Indians lefty Giovanni Soto, who got the start in the Cactus League opener as he gets ready for a stint wth Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, allowed five runs on three hits in just two-thirds of an inning. Joey Votto got Cincinnati’s five-run first rolling with an RBI single and catcher Ryan Hanigan wrapped up the rally with a two-run double.

Miguel Olivo and Devin Mesoraco each homered for the Reds in the contest. Both blasts came off Indians right-hander Joe Martinez, who was charged with five cheap Joey Votto Jersey runs on five hits in two innings of relief for the Tribe.

According to Reds manager Dusty Baker, “The offense was moving pretty good. We had a lot of young guys out there — a lot of walks, untimely walks, especially at the end of the game. You want to rescue them but they have to get their work in.

“We saw some positive things, but you hate to lose like that late. Those untimely walks. We did everything well except a lot of young guys might have been a little nervous the first time out.”

Left-hander Tony Cingrani — one of Cincinnati’s top pitching prospects — started for the Reds and allowed three runs on three hits in one inning. Cingrani had one strikeout and issued one walk in the effort.

Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, who signed a four-year deal worth $48 million shortly before Spring Training began, said it was great to see Cleveland’s starting nine on the field for the first time this year.

“It felt cool,” Bourn said. “You always want to see how it looks when you go out there together and match up and play against another team. I felt like we looked OK today. We scored some runs, got some walks, made some good plays on defense also. It was a good day for the starter

The Indians and Reds will square off again on Saturday in a 3:05 p.m. ET affair at Goodyear Ballpark on Gameday Audio. Cincinnati will give the ball to right-hander Alfredo Simon, who is preparing for a stint with the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Second baseman Brandon Phillips — a former Indian and a member of the Classic’s Team USA squad — will likely be in the lineup again for the Reds Joey Votto Jersey. Righty Brett Myers, who signed a one-year contract with Cleveland over the offseason, is slated to start and log two innings for the Tribe.

Joey Votto’s health ringing no alarm bells in Reds Jersey camp

Since the full squad reported and began working out on Friday, it’s seemingly been business as usual for Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds Authentic Jersey. The Reds first baseman has shown no signs of being bothered by his surgically repaired left knee.

Reds manager Dusty Baker was asked Monday if he had seen anything not right about Votto.

“He looks like Joey to me,” Baker said. “I’m not really worried about cheap Joey Votto Jersey. Joey works. A guy that works is a guy that heals. Unless I see something contrary to what I think, no sense worrying about something that isn’t there or causing him to worry. They didn’t sign Joey to a 10-year contract because he’ll hit only one year. Joey is going to hit. He’s one of the best around. Once you’ve won the MVP and once you’re an Joey Votto All-Star Jersey, you expect that.”

As the execution behind Aroldis Chapman’s move from closer to Reds starting pitcher remains shrouded in secrecy, so too is the exact role of reliever Jonathan Broxton.

A free agent this winter, Broxton was re-signed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the notion he would replace Chapman. His compensation is certainly closer’s money, but it doesn’t guarantee he will be the new closer in 2013 if the Reds ultimately decide to keep Chapman in the bullpen.

“I don’t know where I’m at yet. Dusty [Baker] hasn’t really said,” Broxton said. “They don’t really know yet what’s going on. They’re going to try and start Chappy, but you never know.”

Broxton, 28, had a 2.48 ERA and 27 saves in 60 appearances for the Reds and Royals last season. He has 111 saves over his eight-year career. Currently having his role written in pencil, rather than pen, during camp will not affect how the big right-hander prepares for the season.

“You just have to get your work in and have a feel for all of your pitches,” Broxton said. “I’ve never seen anybody get paid for spring or the ERA on the back of a baseball card for spring.”

Broxton has been looking forward to attending his first Spring Training with the Reds. He was a Trade Deadline acquisition from the Royals on July 31.

“I had a lot of fun last year when I got traded over here,” Broxton said. “We had 2 1/2 months together. Now I will hopefully get the whole year. I think a lot of guys are ready to go. They’re ready to work hard. We didn’t like what happened at the end last year. Everybody has that little edge to them. We’re getting after it this spring.”

The battles in Cincinnati Reds Authentic Joey Votto Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey camp are few as open spots are far between. No area will likely be more competitive than the bullpen — assuming the club carries 12 pitchers, that leaves seven spots for relievers.

“That’s the toughest thing of every camp. It’s the toughest job I have,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Monday. “They know there’s only a few jobs here. Bench players, that’s another tough area. Catching? Another tough area. Most good teams have tough areas. Bad teams are searching for quality. Something always works out and takes care of itself.”

The list of pitchers on Baker’s dry-erase board is lengthy. Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall have big contracts and are locks, while Nick Masset, Jose Arredondo and Alfredo Simon are out of options. Sam LeCure has established himself the past couple of seasons. Manny Parra was signed as a free agent to a one-year, $1 million contract to be a second left-hander. Logan Ondrusek, recently signed to a two-year deal that avoided arbitration, is highly regarded. The issue could really compound if Aroldis Chapman doesn’t wind up starting and returns to the bullpen.

Also look for a big push from power right-hander J.J. Hoover, who had a strong rookie debut in the middle of 2012. Hoover was 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 28 games, including 13 walks and 31 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings.

“He was very impressive,” Baker said of Hoover. “You can pitch your Joey Votto Jersey way on to the [bullpen]. That’s what he did last year. That’s what it’s all about anyway. All I can do is give you the opportunity to pitch or play. This is a performance-based job. Sometimes, you’re a little more patient because of the Joey Votto Replica Baseball Jersey potential and ceiling you see in a player.”

Starting pitcher Mat Latos hurt his right ankle while running on Saturday. Although Latos took part in Sunday’s workout with the club, he did not participate in drills with the other pitchers on Monday.

“It’s better to get hurt early than in the last week of spring,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Another starting pitcher, Bronson Arroyo, returned to participating in Joey Votto Replica Baseball Shirts drills on Monday after missing several days with flu-like symptoms.

Reliever Manny Parra also returned to pitching after being bothered by a Joey Votto Jersey sore neck.