Bench talks new home plate rule

Reds

 

Best sign of Wednesday?
Billy Hamilton started the game with a 10 pitch at-bat that resulted in a walk.
He promptly stole second and went to third on the throwing error. Hamilton was 0 for 2 on the day, grounding out to 3rd and bunted a hard grounder to first.

C. Trent has notes on the Reds 8-3 win.
Mark Sheldon has extra notes from spring training Game 1.
FanGraphs has the Reds on their list of Least-Improved teams.
Skip Schumaker brings veteran, versatile presence to Reds.

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Scott Rolen shows up at Phillies camps: "I'll tell you what I miss," he said. "I miss the accountability. I miss having a job. I miss having a drive, a direction and being tired. I miss being miserable. That's one of the biggest adjustments.

Love this idea
The San Diego Padres are hosting Swing For Your Seats. Fan can sign up to try and hit a home run at Petco Park to win season tickets. There is no cost for the event. Fans, age 16 and older, gets one swing at a pitch from a machine.
I'd love to see the Reds do something like this, tying it in with the Reds Community Fund. Would you pay $5 a swing to try and hit a homer at GABP? I would.

Bengals
Congrats to Paul Dehner Jr, who replaces Joe Reedy on the Bengals beat for the Enquirer. Joe will be my in-studio guest, 8-9pm, Friday night.

Xavier announces sell out for Saturday
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University Athletics announced tonight that Saturday’s game against No. 9 Creighton is a sellout but fans without tickets still have options for seeing the game in person at Cintas Center. Tickets are sold out, but premium seats are still available from Vivid Seats, the preferred ticket reseller of Xavier Athletics.
In addition to the Vivid Seats option, Xavier will begin selling Standing Room Only seats for this game through the Xavier Athletic Ticket Office at Noon on Thursday. This is the first time Xavier has ever sold Standing Room Only tickets to an event at Cintas Center, which opened in the Fall of 2000. A small number of tickets have been made available for lower level standing room on the north balcony above the student section, or for upper level standing room on the upper level concourse. These tickets are ONLY available through the Xavier Athletics Ticket Office in person, or online at GoXavier.com.
There are still plenty of good seats available for Xavier’s final home game on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. against No. 8 Villanova. As a special thank you to Xavier fans, there are a limited number of specially-priced $10 tickets in select locations now available for the March 6 game. In addition, the first 3,000 fans at the Villanova game take home a BIG EAST Inaugural Season hat. 

UC athletics

Koch: Despite 24-4 record, UC attendance down for the season.

Miami football: Harbaugh Statue Dedication Set For April 19
OXFORD, Ohio - Super Bowl champion coach John Harbaugh, a 1984 graduate of Miami University, will be inducted into the Cradle of Coaches Association and immortalized with a statue at Yager Stadium's Cradle of Coaches Plaza on Saturday, April 19. Harbaugh's bronze, full-body image will depict him on the sidelines as coach of the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens.