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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Reds announce spring schedule

The Reds announced the spring schedule today, as well as new way to get more money out of people who want to see the top games.

Here's the release from the Reds:


Two-game ticket packages for Cincinnati Reds 2008 spring training games will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19 at their spring training complex, on-line at reds.com and by phone at (877) 647-7337. Tickets for all individual games will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, January 26. The Reds' spring training site will be in Sarasota, Florida for the 11th season.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to the City of Sarasota Sports Complex on February 16, and position players are due in on February 19. An intra-squad scrimmage tentatively is scheduled for February 26 at Ed Smith Stadium.

This spring there will be seven Premium games at Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium, including afternoon exhibitions against the Cleveland Indians (March 4), New York Yankees (March 6, March 14), Atlanta Braves (March 8) and Detroit Tigers (March 17) in addition to the Reds’ home night games against the Philadelphia Phillies (March 13) and Toronto Blue Jays (March 24).

From Saturday, January 19 through Friday, January 25 fans only can purchase any or all of four two-game ticket packages that include the Yankees (March 6) & Pittsburgh Pirates (March 7), Braves (March 8) & Houston Astros (March 11), Yankees (March 14) & Phillies (March 16) and Tigers (March 17) & Pirates (March 18). All single-game tickets will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, January 26.

On January 19, tickets will be sold at the third base ticket booth on the east side of the ballpark, located at 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Beginning January 21, the ticket booth will be open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. The ticket booth is closed Sundays, except on gameday. Tickets also can be purchased any time online at reds.com or by phone at (877) 647-7337. For information regarding spring training tickets or Ed Smith Stadium, call (941) 954-4464 or log on to reds.com.

Ticket prices for Reds 2008 spring training games are the same as in 2007, including $14 for box seats, $12 for reserved seats and $7 for general admission. There is an additional $2 charge per ticket for each of the seven Premium games. The Reds’ 34-game Major League exhibition schedule opens February 27 and includes 17 games at Ed Smith Stadium.

(Schedule & Times Always Subject To Change)
Day Date Opponent Site Gametime
Wednesday February 27 Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater 1:05 PM
Thursday February 28 MINNESOTA TWINS SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Friday February 29 TAMPA BAY RAYS SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Saturday March 1 PITTSBURGH PIRATES SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Sunday March 2 Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin 1:05 PM
Monday March 3 Minnesota Twins Ft. Myers 1:05 PM
Tuesday March 4 CLEVELAND INDIANS SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Wednesday March 5 Boston Red Sox Ft. Myers 1:05 PM
Thursday March 6 NEW YORK YANKEES SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Friday March 7 PITTSBURGH PIRATES (SS) SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Pittsburgh Pirates (SS) Bradenton 7:05 PM
Saturday March 8 ATLANTA BRAVES SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Sunday March 9 Tampa Bay Rays St. Petersburg 1:05 PM
Monday March 10 New York Yankees Tampa 7:15 PM
Tuesday March 11 HOUSTON ASTROS (SS) SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Detroit Tigers (SS) Lakeland 1:05 PM
Wednesday March 12 Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater 7:05 PM
Thursday March 13 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES SARASOTA 7:05 PM
Friday March 14 Pittsburgh Pirates (SS) Bradenton 1:05 PM
NEW YORK YANKEES (SS) SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Saturday March 15 Boston Red Sox Ft. Myers 1:05 PM
Sunday March 16 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Monday March 17 DETROIT TIGERS SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Tuesday March 18 PITTSBURGH PIRATES SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Wednesday March 19 OFF DAY
Thursday March 20 Minnesota Twins Ft. Myers 7:05 PM
Friday March 21 Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton 1:05 PM
Saturday March 22 Houston Astros Kissimmee 1:05 PM
Sunday March 23 TAMPA BAY RAYS SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Monday March 24 TORONTO BLUE JAYS SARASOTA 7:05 PM
Tuesday March 25 Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater 1:05 PM
Wednesday March 26 Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin 7:05 PM
Thursday March 27 MINNESOTA TWINS SARASOTA 1:05 PM
Friday March 28 Tampa Bay Rays St. Petersburg 1:05 PM
Saturday March 29 TAMPA BAY RAYS SARASOTA 1:05 PM


12 Comments:

at 11:51 AM Anonymous RedsfanfromNYC said...

John, Do you think the Reds would consider signing Dallas Mcpherson. The kid hit 40hr's between AA and AAA just a couple years ago. Why not sign him to a minor league contract?

 
at 2:58 PM Anonymous RedsfanfromNYC said...

John, After seeing this Nick Swisher trade for Gio Gonzalez and the White Sox's second best prospect. I can't help but feel like we could have gotten more for Hamilton who has much more upside than Swisher. I'll take either one of those pitchers over Volquez, not to mention both of them and an offensive prospect.

 
at 3:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Nick Swisher being traded to the White Sox and Haren shipped to Arizona, the A's are officially in rebuilding mode - think that Krivsky can pry Joe Blanton away now?

 
at 5:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Swisher now indicates that Kriv way overpaid !!How many bluders can this guy make before he is run out of town??? Please check his record of failure!! WAKE UP CINCY FIRE KRIVSKK

 
at 5:49 PM Blogger Jake said...

anon 5:06,

Krivsky has brought life back to the Reds when they were close to going on life support.He works for Castellini.At least we are not selling off our assets like the Marlins,and A's.The Minor league system is no longer at the bottom of the pack.We have an actual scouting department.He is in the process of expanding the Reds international reach.Remember a couple years ago when he was hired?The Reds were in chaos.It takes time to rebuild a disaster.

 
at 1:12 AM Anonymous Noggy said...

....so White Sox overpaying for Swisher translates as Krivsky not getting enough for Hamilton....*sigh*
Hamilton is an unproven OF with great potential and Voloquez is an unproven SP with great potential plus we got a reliever.

Krivsky keeps doing what we fans keep complaining about and you guys are still unhappy.
1. Got an experience winning manager.
2. Got a proven stud closer.
3. Got another young starter with great potential.(Not Krivsky's fault the market was bare this year)
Rebuilding takes time and it is now showing. We've even been in contention for the past two years while rebuilding. You guys will never be happy, WAKE UP CINCY KRIVSKY IS BRINGING BACK COMPETITIVE BASEBALL!

 
at 9:32 AM Anonymous PresidentJohnAllenJr. said...

Wow, Swisher would have look good in a Reds uniform and playing first base.
John, any word on Lieber or Hernandez? Any rumors on Blanton or Street? Adding Street to the bullpen would help with the shaky starting rotation. Blanton would cost the Reds Bailey, Votto and another minor leaguer. Too much but if the Reds knew that Swisher was available, it could have been a package deal. Any comments?

 
at 11:51 AM Anonymous rickNmd said...

Yeah, the comments about Krivsky being clueless and Krivsky being a dope and Krivsky being fired are as old as the excuses for the Bengals' lethargy.

I'm also tired of them all.

I'm also tired of the same obvious posters who make blind observations without looking up facts before they spout off. With a simple Google search you'd know that Swisher has three solid years in the majors with one of the game's highest OBP's and a history of 30-homer power and he's a switch hitter.

Hamilton has 90 games and only 70 starts. Both players are the same age.

It's not even a comparison.

 
at 12:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first thought on the Swisher trade was, what could Adam Dunn bring if he were under contract for a reasonable price? Dunn's numbers are far better imo, but he's only got one year left. Maybe a 4 year deal would have been smart instead of a 2 year deal.

Parallel to that is Bedard's worth with 2 years vs his worth with 1 1/2 years, 1 year, etc. Looks like if we are to land him, waiting can only pay off.

Jon Bachmeyer

 
at 12:27 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

We Overpaid for Phillips!
We Overpaid for Keppinger!
We Overpaid for Hamilton!
We Overpaid for Burton!
We Overpaid for Ross!
We Overpaid for Arroyo!
We Overpaid for Hatte!
We Overpaid for Lohse!

Unbelieveable what he has been able to do, with more to pan out. We will add Bray to that list this year

 
at 12:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah Krivsky is bringing back competitive Baseball to Cincy? Really? Man that bullpen he put together last year really helped us at least stay outta last place. Fans when you see posts like that. Just know these are Reds employees on here. Yea thanks for raising ticket prices again, just in time to see another losing season of REDS BASEBALL in 08!

 
at 10:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any speculation on where the Reds might move to for Spring Training next year?

 
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