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Kerns is out, Griffey's out, freels out for a few games, Casey's out, Larkin is in one day out four more.

 

Now this is the Reds team I'm used to seeing. ...... :mad3:

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Reds up for sale

Three partners put 51.5% on market; Major League Baseball will have say on any deal

By Cliff Peale  Enquirer staff writer

 

The Cincinnati Reds may soon have a new majority owner, but chief executive officer Carl Lindner is expected to remain in control of the club.  Three minority owners who together control a combined 51.5 percent of the Reds shares have put them up for sale, starting a process that could last more than a year. The shares will be grouped and offered for sale as a block, the owners said Tuesday. The stock is expected to fetch at least $100 million, perhaps more.

 

In the short term, a sale of the majority interest in the team isn't expected to have great effect on the club on the field or in the front office. But over the next decade, it could dramatically restructure the ownership of the country's oldest professional baseball club.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060117/NEWS01/601170343/1056/

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Reds' price not impeding interest

But team control issue is likely to complicate sale negotiations

By Cliff Peale  Enquirer staff writer

 

Owners selling a 51.5-percent stake in the Cincinnati Reds are asking a price that values the entire club at between $250 million and $275 million. Now they're waiting to see whether potential buyers agree.

 

The stake from owners Louise Nippert, George Strike and Gannett Co., owner of The Enquirer, went on the block in March. It has attracted five potential buyers to get permission from Major League Baseball to look at the team's financial records. Three of those have traveled to Cincinnati for a more detailed look and are in price negotiations with the sellers.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050909/SPT04/509090485/-1/

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Deal could be near on Reds sale

By Greg Paeth and Marc Lancaster Post staff reporters

 

The Major League baseball season ended three days ago with the Chicago White Sox sweep of the World Series in Houston.  But for Cincinnati baseball fans, an off-season announcement might prove to be far more significant than anything that happened on the field this year.

 

A decision is expected soon - maybe as early as next week - about new ownership and new top-to-bottom control of the oldest franchise in professional baseball.  "We're getting very close. By December 1st the deal should be closed and approved and the new owners should be in place," said Stephen D. Greenberg, managing partner of Allen & Co., the New York firm that is handling the sale of 51.5 percent of the Reds' ownership.

 

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http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051029/SPT05/510290371

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One owner is a developer and owns North American Properties.  I wonder if that means the new ownership will get involved in the Banks, etc. They have a website http://www.naproperties.com/Default.aspx. Man, I hope the Reds can be interesting to watch again.

 

Group buys Reds majority

By Cliff Peale, John Erardi and John Fay  Enquirer staff writers

 

An ownership group led by local businessman Robert Castellini will assume operating control of the team, the Reds announced today.  Under terms of the agreement, Castellini will replace Carl Lindner as the Reds chief executive officer.

 

“Carl has meant so much to the Reds and the City of Cincinnati. As such, we are thrilled that he has agreed to continue his association with the Club as a significant partner in our ownership group,” Castellini said in a press release.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051102/SPT04/51102012

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“Carl has meant so much to the Reds and the City of Cincinnati."

 

You gotta be fucking kidding me? Carl Linder is the last thing that has contributed anything good to the Red's!

 

I freakin love the Reds, I've watched almost every game they have played in the last three years...

 

Do you know how hard it is to be a Red's fan these days?!

 

There is no team in the MLB that has a history or is significant like the Red's are... I once heard an ESPN announcer referring to the Red's that moving the team to another city is like trying to move the Yank's out of New York. This is so true and I hope this cat can throw down some cash and make this club a national icon that it once was.

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At first glance, this is good news.  Castellini has strong local ties, as his family owned the produce businesses on the riverfront before the stadiums were built.  And hopefully he brings some of the leadership that has led the Cardinals to be a force in Major League Baseball.  In addition, the Williams family owned the team during the Big Red Machine days.

 

As for the Banks, Castellini proposed a development project during the mid-1990s when he owned the land.  Today, it looks as if the Corporex-led development team will maintain control over the riverfront project.

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What the Reds sale means

Enquirer file/Michael E. Keating

 

Whether a change in ownership results in a higher payroll - and more happy wins like this - remains to be seen.

 

Though the sale is not finalized, the Reds are about to have a new CEO, replacing Carl Lindner. Produce magnate Robert Castellini leads a group that will purchase controlling interest of Cincinnati's major-league baseball team. Brothers Thomas and W. Joseph Williams Jr. are also in the group.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051103/SPT04/511030422

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Discuss any related Cincinnati Reds stuff here.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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I think there are reasons to be excited. New ownership sounds like they may get aggressive with the day to day goings on. Say goodbye to the glorified accountant John Allen.

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Reds trade Casey

 

DALLAS – The Reds might not confirm until Wednesday morning, but the club has reached an agreement to trade Sean Casey to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed pitcher Dave Williams.  Williams, 26, was 10-10 with a 4.41 ERA last season.  The move opens up first base for Adam Dunn.

 

“My head is spinning. I haven’t heard anything from the Pirates,” Casey, a Pittsburgh-area native, said when reached at home by a Pittsburgh reporter. “I’ll talk more later.”

 

Full story at http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051206/SPT04/312060023

 

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Oh, that's really disappointing.  I don't know enough about personnel to know if this is good or bad, but I know I really liked him...nice that he'll get to play at home, though...best to him.

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<sniff>

 

Casey gets the boot b/c the Red's pitching in their farm system sucks and has sucked for a long time

 

Cincy has never been known for great pitching.....ever (other than Tom Seaver stopping by).

Since 1980, the Reds minor leagues have produced....

Hume

Liebrandt(?) (later pitched for KC & Atlanta in WS)

Soto

Jeff Russell (star reliever for the Rangers, traded for Buddy Bell)

Browning

Charlton

Dibble

Williamson

and......?

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The Reds will be fine without Casey.  He'll be missed as a person in the community and in the clubhouse, but he's replaceable on the field.  Dunn will move to first.

 

Also, the Reds traded a minor leaguer to the Yankees for Tony Womack.  The Yankees will eat some of his contract and Womack will have the chance to compete for a roster spot.

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Will the Reds new ownership pull off a winning team?

 

If so, imagine a decent baseball/football city. We'll be the next Boston of the sports world!

 

I'm daydreaming right now... don't wake me please. :roll:

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Another move that will pay off... Hammond is pretty damn good.

 

 

Reds Sign Veteran Relief Pitcher Chris Hammond

 

Reported by: 9News

First posted: 12/20/2005 3:47:42 PM

 

The Reds announced Tuesday afternoon they've made a move to improve the team's bullpen with a reliever who started his career in Cincinnati.  Free agent reliever Chris Hammond has signed a one-year contract with the Reds through the 2006 season with a mutual option for 2007.  Hammond, a lefty, began his Major League career in Cincinnati in 1990. Most recently, he pitched for San Diego.

 

Hammond has also pitched for Florida, Boston, Atlanta, New York and Oakland.  The 39-year-old has posted a 2.47 ERA in 221 relief appearances over the last four seasons.  Last season, he went 5-1 with a 3.84 ERA in 55 appearances for the Padres, holding left-handed batters to a .164 batting average.

 

Full story at http://www.wcpo.com/news/2005/local/12/20/hammond.html

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Jeebus...a bullpen with Weathers, Mercker and Hammond!  Total age: 191.

 

Nasty Boys they are not.

 

I heard that Brett Tomko signed a two-year, $9 million contract with some team the other day.  He gets $4.5 million a year after going an astounding 8-15 last year?  This sport is f*cked!

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New Reds owners to get 75%

Lindner, other current holders to retain small stake

By Cliff Peale  Enquirer staff writer

 

The new owners of the Cincinnati Reds will likely take control Jan. 20 after buying a stake of about 75 percent, worth about $120 million, in baseball's oldest professional team.  A group headed by Bob Castellini, Tom Williams and Joe Williams has received all the Major League Baseball approvals for the sale, except a final vote by team owners. They originally hoped to schedule that vote before Christmas, but it now appears that owners will approve the sale at their regularly scheduled meetings Jan. 19 in Phoenix.

 

Current owners Carl Lindner and Bill Reik will retain minority units worth about 8 percent each, and George Strike and Louise Nippert will retain about half that amount each, multiple sources close to the talks said.  Castellini will succeed Lindner as the chief executive officer.  Castellini and the Williams brothers will be the managing members, holding operating control of Cincinnati Reds LLC.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060106/BIZ01/601060430/1002/BIZ

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County signs off on Reds sale

By Kimball Perry and Cliff Peale  Enquirer staff writers

 

The sale of the Cincinnati Reds took another step toward reality today when the Hamilton County commissioners approved it, as they are required to do under the lease the team has with the county-owned Great American Ball Park.

 

The lease was signed between the county, which used sales tax revenue to build the $280 million baseball stadium, and Cincinnati Reds LLC.  The lease remains with that corporation, but the controlling owners of the corporation are changing, Tom Gabelman, a private attorney hired by Hamilton County on the issue, told commissioners today.

 

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http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060111/BIZ01/301110009/-1/

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So here's the Reds blogs I've been following, in pretty much this order:

 

Marc Lancaster, reporter for the Cincinnati Post:

http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/spring/

 

Redleg Nation, a group blog:

http://www.redlegnation.com/

(the current post is a fantastic first in a series on Reds ownership/management history, reaching back to the 30's)

 

JD Arney's blog:

http://www.redreporter.com/

 

Shawn Weaver's blog:

http://shawns.blogspot.com/

 

At least now, with about a post per day (maybe two or three tops), it's easy to follow, along with the Post's coverage:

http://www.cincypost.com/reds/

 

 

Anyone else have a favorite Reds site?  Anyone here write one?  What indispensable Reds sites am I missing?

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