Meetings may provide setting for Reds moves

Williams could help fill Cincy's bullpen, veteran starter needs as all 30 clubs convene

Meetings may provide setting for Reds moves

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Reds have been making efforts to upgrade their bullpen and keeping lines open for trade talks. As their baseball operations department convenes for the 2016 Winter Meetings, the odds that moves can be made improve.

That's because Cincinnati will be among the 30 clubs that will all be under one roof starting Monday. The Meetings conclude Thursday morning with the Rule 5 Draft.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamilton healed, hitting and ready for 2017

Center fielder unfazed by trade rumors, feels his offense will continue to improve

Hamilton healed, hitting and ready for 2017

CINCINNATI -- The strained left oblique that wiped out most of the final month of Billy Hamilton's 2016 season is fully healed after he fully rested through October. But the Reds' center fielder didn't feel that the injury and the time off has stunted the progress he made as a hitter during the second half.

Hamilton, 26, has spent much of the offseason working out in Cincinnati, either at Great American Ball Park or the MLB Urban Youth Academy. His hitting has been right where he wants it to be.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Alyson Footer

Revitalized Rose enjoys new chapter

All-time hits leader to receive statue in Cincinnati, part of popular broadcast team

Revitalized Rose enjoys new chapter

CINCINNATI -- In addition to signing autographs, conducting question-and-answer sessions with Reds broadcasters and mingling with fans, Pete Rose had another duty at Redsfest over the weekend: having his measurements taken.

No, Rose is not being fitted for a new suit. Rather, the sculptor who is designing of statue of the Reds great, which will be unveiled on Crosley Terrace next season, is meticulous. The goal is for Rose's statue to be as proportionally correct as Rose himself, which means the littlest of details, like the size of Rose's wrists, and the distance between his wrists and shoulders, must match the statue's dimensions.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cozart, no stranger to speculation, touts health

Shortstop: 'Officially, for the first time since my [knee] injury, I'm full-go'

Cozart, no stranger to speculation, touts health

CINCINNATI -- Already a veteran of in-season trade rumors, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is now learning what's like to be part of frequent offseason trade speculation.

"It's actually easier in the offseason," Cozart said as he enjoyed participating with his teammates at Redsfest. "You don't have to go somewhere right away if you're traded. I'm home with family and my son and I'm working out, so my mind is occupied where I'm not worried about baseball or anything. That's the easier part. I've voiced my opinion plenty of times about how much I love being with the Reds. That's all I know. It's a business. This next week should be interesting to see what comes to fruition."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Votto says he won't waive no-trade clause

Reds first baseman determined to make improvements in game

Votto says he won't waive no-trade clause

CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto certainly gets it. As long as the Reds first baseman keeps producing while signed to a monster contract for a small-market club, his name will come up in trade rumors and trade suggestions each offseason.

But Votto's feelings, and the club's, don't follow the narrative. He has no interest in waiving the full no-trade clause in his contract and going to another team.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds offer deals to all 4 arb-eligible players

Cabrera, Sampson, Guerrero not tendered contracts as deadline passes

Reds offer deals to all 4 arb-eligible players

CINCINNATI -- The Reds tendered contracts to all four of their arbitration-eligible players before Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline and did not tender a 2017 contract to three others.

Catcher Ramon Cabrera, reliever Keyvius Sampson and outfielder Gabriel Guerrero were non-tendered. The Reds' 40-man roster stands at 39 players, which gives them space to pick a player in next Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. The Reds have the second pick in that Draft.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds roll out red carpet for fun-filled Redsfest

Reds roll out red carpet for fun-filled Redsfest

CINCINNATI -- Throughout the 300,000-square foot space of the Duke Energy Convention Center on Thursday, workers were making the final touches on the facility that has been given its annual transformation into a Reds-themed extravaganza -- from the red carpet and booths to a Reds main stage and the larger-than-ever social media heavy "Reds Connect Zone" area.

Redsfest runs on Friday from 3-10:30 p.m. ET and continues Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Activities will include autograph and photo booths with current and former players, interactive games, game-used and authentic memorabilia and more.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Votto honored by Reds writers as team MVP

Votto honored by Reds writers as team MVP

CINCINNATI -- Based on his stunning final four months of the season, it's no surprise which Reds player earned team Most Valuable Player honors.

On Friday, it was announced during Redsfest that first baseman Joey Votto was unanimously voted as the Ernie Lombardi Award winner as the Reds' MVP.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds eye 'pen help, veteran starter at Meetings

Reds eye 'pen help, veteran starter at Meetings

CINCINNATI -- The Reds don't get into bidding wars and they rarely spend big in the free-agent market. They are also often wont to seek bargains on the open market later in the offseason. But they aren't afraid to make trades to get what they need.

And that's why Cincinnati could be a team to watch at next week's Winter Meetings.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Are the Reds open to trading Hamilton?

No deals imminent, but club not ruling out making moves

Are the Reds open to trading Hamilton?

CINCINNATI -- During the past two seasons of rebuilding, the Reds have not been coy about their willingness to listen to trade offers for their players. Several of them have been moved in that span.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported on Tuesday that the Reds have listened to inquiries about center fielder and dynamic leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton, among other players, during this Hot Stove season. No deals appeared imminent, however.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

The Next Big Leaguers: Reds' Vincej

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Reds' Vincej

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds look to lay groundwork for deals at Meetings

Williams: Impact moves often come to fruition after annual front office gathering

Reds look to lay groundwork for deals at Meetings

CINCINNATI -- Following a flurry of trades and other subtractions the past two years, the demolition portion of the Reds' rebuilding phase appears nearly complete. With Cincinnati hoping to take a step forward in 2017, general manager Dick Williams is looking to bolster areas of weakness and create playing time for young players that need to develop.

A prime opportunity to accomplish those goals will come next week during the 2016 Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md. Whether that actually happens there, Williams couldn't tell just yet.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Piniella to learn Hall of Fame fate on Sunday

16-member committee to decide on Selig, Steinbrenner among 10 hopefuls

Piniella to learn Hall of Fame fate on Sunday

The Today's Game Era ballot for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be voted upon this Sunday at the Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md. Five former Major League players, three executives and two managers will be considered, and the results of the voting will be announced on MLB Network's "MLB Tonight" and streamed live on MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET.

The players named on the ballot are Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser and Mark McGwire. The three executives are John Schuerholz, Allan H. "Bud" Selig and George M. Steinbrenner. The two former managers are Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds claim Graterol, Guerrero; 2 DFA'd

Reds claim Graterol, Guerrero; 2 DFA'd

CINCINNATI -- The Reds made two waiver claims on Monday when they took catcher Juan Graterol from the Angels and outfielder Gabriel Guerrero from the D-backs.

To make room for the additions, catcher Ramon Cabrera and right-handed reliever Keyvius Sampson were designated for assignment.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Do Reds need veterans in lineup?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers questions from Cincinnati fans

Inbox: Do Reds need veterans in lineup?

I understand the Reds' rebuild, but all they seem to be acquiring is pitchers. Shouldn't they go out and get a few veterans, a proven position player or two?
-- Jan B., Lexington, Ky.

Trading away pricey veterans for different pricey veterans is not the definition of a rebuild. The Reds actually have acquired several non-veteran position players in their streak of trades the past couple of years -- including Adam Duvall, Eugenio Suarez, Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler. Since those players are under club control, the team can hope to get max production from them without busting the payroll wide open. The time will come when Cincinnati should add a proven veteran, kind of like it did with Scott Rolen in 2009. That time will be when the organization feels it's ready to contend for the postseason and needs to use some prospects as trading chips to fill in the blanks.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds value time connecting with community

Reds value time connecting with community

CINCINNATI -- When a kid meets a Major League player, that player is no longer just a statistic on a website or a picture on a baseball card. And that kid is no longer another face in a crowd of thousands to the player. It becomes more personal.

The Reds Community Fund has raised and utilized millions of dollars for Cincinnati area baseball and softball programs, youth ballfield renovations and community center upgrades. But just as valuable, and perhaps just as long lasting, is the experience for fans -- especially kids -- to have personal contact with the players, coaching staff and ownership.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

How will Cecil deal impact Reds' relief quest?

Depth a priority, but Cincinnati seeking smaller contracts for bullpen help

How will Cecil deal impact Reds' relief quest?

CINCINNATI -- News broke over the weekend that the Cardinals had agreed to sign free-agent relief pitcher Brett Cecil to a four-year, $30.5 million contract. As the deal became official on Monday, it was easy to wonder how Cecil's signing might affect the rest of the reliever market.

For a budget-conscious club like the Reds, this might not seem like a good omen. One of Cincinnati's top priorities this offseason is to add quality relievers, while hoping the market for such help didn't get too hot. Reds general manager Dick Williams said on Monday that his team was not pursuing Cecil, and he wasn't sure if that move would have a ripple effect on his efforts.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds' Vincej on MLB Pipeline's All-AFL team

Reds' Vincej on MLB Pipeline's All-AFL team

The Arizona Fall League's six-week season concluded with Saturday's championship game. And while it can be difficult to evaluate players in such a limited amount of time, especially with frequent roster fluctuations, some performances in the Fall League simply stand out more than others.

Here is a lineup of prospects who impressed in this year's Fall League as MLBPipeline.com's All-AFL Team:

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2016's fastest baserunning feats in MLB

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2016's fastest baserunning feats in MLB

Some of the most exciting plays in baseball are the results of a fast runner using his speed to apply pressure to the defense. In celebration of the joy that comes from watching speedsters race around the basepaths, let's take a look at a few of the fastest baserunning plays of 2016.

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Winker among 7 players protected from Rule 5 Draft

Reds have full 40-man roster after moves

Winker among 7 players protected from Rule 5 Draft

CINCINNATI -- A long-awaited moment for many up-and-coming prospects is the day they are added to the 40-man Major League roster. That day came on Friday for seven Reds Minor Leaguers, including outfielder Jesse Winker.

Along with Winker, right-handers Barrett Astin, Keury Mella, Jackson Stephens and Nick Travieso and outfielders Aristides Aquino and Phillip Ervin were also protected from the Rule 5 Draft.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Vincej among breakout prospects from Arizona Fall League

Vincej among breakout prospects from Arizona Fall League

The 25th season of the Arizona Fall League is now complete, and the silver anniversary edition of the league was one of the best in terms of top prospects and outstanding performances.

It wasn't just the elite-level prospects and the more known names who stood out, though it was certainly exciting to see the Gleyber Torreses of the world live up to, and exceed, expectations. But every year, the AFL helps the more under-the-radar types put themselves more firmly on the prospect map.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds' Spring Training schedule revealed

Reds' Spring Training schedule revealed

CINCINNATI -- It's a date that many Reds fans are always eager to know in advance, but then they grow impatient for its arrival: the start of Spring Training.

It's not too early to begin the countdown. The Reds announced Thursday that their pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to camp at Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 13 and hold their first workout on Feb. 14.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Should Reds trade corner OF for pitching depth?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers fans' questions

Inbox: Should Reds trade corner OF for pitching depth?

Time, money and hype have been invested in Jesse Winker for years. Now we see the corner outfield spots taken by Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler. Winker is not a reserve fill-in guy. Could he and some combination of pitchers from the system be traded possibly for a consistent starter?
-- Gayle P., Blacklick, Ohio

Prospects can always be commodities for future deals, but this isn't a time for the Reds to trade away their youth, especially Winker and young pitching. If the team was contending to get to the World Series in 2017 and adding an experienced starting pitcher was the difference in helping them get there, I might have a different view. Winker, the No. 3 prospect in the organization, still has some work to do anyway before the club faces the issue of where to put him. Although he did well with a slash line of .303/.397/.384 this past season for Triple-A Louisville, he hit three homers in 106 games. Let's see if the lefty-hitting Winker can develop his power. And as we saw in left field this past season, things can always change. Remember, Duvall and Schebler were a platoon there when the season opened.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rose to appear at Redsfest in December

Rose to appear at Redsfest in December

CINCINNATI -- Reds Hall of Famer and all-time hits leader Pete Rose will be appearing at Redsfest for the first time, the club announced on Wednesday.

Rose will be making his appearances on Dec. 2-3 during the annual event at the Duke Energy Convention Center. He is attending on behalf of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum to support the "Pete Rose Hit Collection." It will be part of a fundraising campaign for the bronze sculpture of Rose that will be erected and unveiled outside Great American Ball Park on June 17, 2017.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Votto's future appears to be in Cincinnati

Happy with Reds, slugger owed $179M and has full no-trade clause

Votto's future appears to be in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' Hot Stove season usually includes annual speculation of whether first baseman Joey Votto and his large contract will be traded. While there are likely clubs -- namely Votto's hometown Blue Jays -- that wouldn't mind having him in their lineup for the right price, his departure is unlikely.

Votto, 33, has seven guaranteed years and $179 million remaining on the 10-year contract extension he signed in 2012. He also has a full no-trade clause.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: Phillips more open to being dealt

Reds second baseman may be willing to waive no-trade clause

Source: Phillips more open to being dealt

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have seemed open to trading Brandon Phillips, and now it appears that the longtime second baseman could also be open to a deal.

MLB Network's Jon Morosi tweeted, via a source, on Saturday that Phillips is more willing to consider waiving his no-trade clause this offseason than he was last winter.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds may try to move Phillips, Cozart

GM Williams open to offers to improve club's roster

Reds may try to move Phillips, Cozart

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' roster has stabilized from a year ago when Dick Williams arrived at the General Managers Meetings in Florida. Trades remain possible this offseason, however.

"We'll definitely be opportunistic," Williams said at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. "If there is a deal to be had that works in terms of getting value back in a trade and opening a spot for a guy we think is ready, we'll do it."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. Mark Bowman contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.