GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds chose newcomer Scott Feldman to start on opening day against the Philadelphia Phillies.
It’ll be the third opening day start for the 33-year-old Feldman. The right-hander also opened seasons for Texas in 2010 and Houston in 2014.
Injuries have depleted the Reds’ rotation for the second straight spring training. Homer Bailey had surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow and is expected to miss the first two months of the season. Anthony DeSclafani, who was in line to start the opener, will go on the disabled list with a sore pitching elbow.
Feldman signed a one-year deal with the Reds on Jan. 26 that guarantees him $2.3 million. He has a chance to make an additional $2.2 million based upon starts.
He was chosen over Brandon Finnegan to start the game on April 3 at Great American Ball Park, where he’s pitched only one other time in his career.
“It’s pretty cool,” Feldman said. “I know the about the history of Cincinnati, being like the capital of opening day.”
The city has a downtown parade before the opening game. Popular former Reds star Sean Casey is this year’s parade grand marshal.
Feldman’s only appearance at Great American Ball Park was a start for the Cubs on May 24, 2013. He took the loss after going 5 1/3 innings and allowing five runs, including a homer by Joey Votto. He also hit a homer off Bronson Arroyo, who is trying to win a spot on the Reds’ roster.
The Reds signed Feldman because they wanted a veteran who could fit into the middle of the rotation. The injuries opened the way for him to start the first game.
“He has a savvy that will serve us well,” manager Bryan Price said. “Part of the decision is the fact that we don’t have Homer or DeSclafani ready to go.”
Feldman will be the Reds’ third different opening day starter in three years. Johnny Cueto started in 2015, when he was traded to Kansas City. Raisel Iglesias started last season in place of DeSclafani, who injured an oblique during spring training. Iglesias was moved into the bullpen later in the season.
Field 1 –
Dugouts lengthened, heightened and enclosed with protective roofing and sides.
Backstop overhang expanded to minimize lost foul popups. Scorer’s booth added. New separate access gates to field added.
Field 2 –
Dugouts lengthened, heightened and enclosed with protective roofing and sides.
3rd base storage area heightened and enclosed with protective roofing and sides; larger access gate added. Additional concrete 3rd baseline viewing area added.
The project was made possible through the generosity of the BYBA families via the registration ‘dugout drive’, the Burlingame Parks & Recreation Foundation, and the Colson Family.
The dugout improvement project team of Pat Doherty, Eric Nuss and Matt Potter are pictured here with Randy Schwartz of the Burlingame Parks & Recreation Foundation, which raises funds to make improvements to Burlingame’s Parks facilities, create new recreation programs and provide recreation scholarships for Burlingame youth.
Scott Feldman is guaranteed $2.3 million in his contract with the Reds and can make $2.2 million in performance bonuses based on starts and $1.5 million for relief appearances.
The deal announced Thursday calls for $100,000 bonuses for starts 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 and 21-26,
and $200,000 apiece for starts 10, 12, 14, 17 and 20. Feldman gets $100,000 for 25 relief appearances, $200,000 apiece for 30 and 35, and $250,000 each for 40, 45, 50 and 55.
The 33-year-old right-hander made five starts and 35 relief appearances for Houston and Toronto, which acquired him at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. He went 7-4 with a 3.97 ERA, with 56 strikeouts and 19 walks.
Feldman has been in the major leagues since 2005, also pitching for Texas, the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore.
Phil Caufield named first team All-WCC after hitting .379 with 17 runs scored, two doubles, two triples, 14 RBI and four stolen bases in WCC play… hit safely in 11 of his last 12 WCC contests… strung together 11-game hit streak from 3/19 – 4/8… batted .309 with two doubles, two triples and 16 RBI for the year while appearing in 47 games (40 starts) to finish second on the team in average… scored 27 runs, drew nine walks and six hit-by-pitches, and stole eight bases… finished the year with 13 multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games… closed the year having reached base safely in 19 straight games… reached 43% of the time when leading off an inning (25-for-54)… notched eight two-out RBI… hit .500 (7×14) with five runs scored, a double and three RBI in three-game series at Pacific… 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI at Pacific on 4/23… 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI vs. USF on 4/8… 3-for-4 at #23 BYU on 3/26 after going 2-for-3 with two RBI on 3/25… 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base in LMU debut on 2/19 at #11 TCU… 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI vs. Pepperdine on 4/16…
Dear BYBA Coaches and Volunteers:
Please join us for our Preseason Schedule Meeting and Equipment Pick Up, tomorrow evening, 2/15, at 7:00 PM. Location is the Burlingame Rec Center. The meeting will begin promptly at 7 PM. Since you’ll be selecting your preseason practice times, it’s important that you are on time.
Every team should send at least one representative to select your preseason practice dates and times. As usual, during the preseason, we will practice twice per week. Preseason will run from Saturday, 2/25, through Opening Day, on Saturday 3/18. After games begin, we’ll shift to one practice, and one game, per week.
*** Please mark your calendars for Wednesday 3/15, when we’ll have another mandatory meeting in the evening, to select a Date and Time for your regular season practice.***
Tomorrow night, after you’ve selected your practice dates and times for Preseason, you’ll head over to the Bayside Equipment Shed to pick up your equipment bag and bucket of balls.
Please note that this meeting and equipment pick up session is mandatory for all volunteers coaching in the Sandlot, Mudville, Reyna, and Sauer leagues.
If you are coaching in the Rookie league, please follow the instructions you’ve already received from your commissioner Jeremy Gordon.
Cooperstown 12U team (Burlingame Panthers) volunteered their time and energy at the SF Food Bank to help organize, box, and store thousands of pounds of food for hungry Bay Area families.
Note: new and returning BYBA umpires should make plans to attend the following training classes. All boys and girls 10 years old or older are invited to attend the classes to become eligible to umpire in BYBA for the upcoming 2017 season.
To register for the training classes, umpires are required to complete the registration form below:
Please direct all questions regarding the umpire program to firstname.lastname@example.org*protected email*
Wednesday, February 8 – 5:30 to 7:00 – Recreation Center Lounge 2
Thursday, February 16 – 5:30 to 7:00 – Recreation Center Lounge 2
Wednesday, February 22 – 5:30 to 7:00 – Recreation Center Lounge 2
Wednesday, March 8 – 5:30 to 7:00 – Recreation Center Lounge 2
Note: You can now register a new player online and email proof of age (JPG, PDF, scanned copy, etc) to email@example.com*protected email* – or if you prefer, you may stop by the Burlingame Rec Center during one of the upcoming in-person registration sessions listed. During the in-person sessions you can get any questions you have answered by a member of the BYBA Board. You can use a computer to register your player/s if you do not have access to one at home. And you can drop off a hard copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport (please bring a photocopy, not an original).
Burlingame Parks & Recreation
850 Burlingame Avenue,
Burlingame, CA 94010
Session 1 – Wednesday October 12 – 5:30 – 8:30 PM in the CONFERENCE ROOM
Session 2 – Thursday October 27 – 5:30 – 8:30 PM in the CONFERENCE ROOM
Session 3 – Monday November 7 – 5:30 – 8:30 PM in the CONFERENCE ROOM
Session 4 – Monday November 28 – 5:30 – 8:30 PM in the CONFERENCE ROOM
Note: Little League has changed the date for determining baseball age for younger players. For more detail on this change as it pertains to BYBA, please view this document.
To use Little League’s official Age Calculator, please click here