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08/22/08 9:04 PM ET
Former Louisville stars wish Bats well
Reds' Triple-A squad headed to International League playoffs
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
DENVER -- By virtue of their current last-place status, the Reds will not get so much as a sniff of the postseason for the eighth consecutive season. However, there were several players in the clubhouse Friday that can say they contributed to a playoff team and division winner. Triple-A Louisville won its game Thursday over Durham to clinch the International League's West Division title. Reds rookie outfielder Chris Dickerson has stayed in touch with the Bats and manager Rick Sweet since his Aug. 12 promotion to the big leagues. "I told Sweet to spray a bottle of champagne for me and make sure he wore his swim goggles," Dickerson said. "He said he's old school and likes the sting in his eyes. It's nice to look back and feel like we contributed to something great. It's awesome Sweet and the coaching staff is getting a chance to enjoy the playoffs and a division championship. We wish them the best. I would have liked to have been there for that celebration." Perhaps not quite as much being in the Majors. Besides Dickerson, Jay Bruce, Ryan Hanigan, Adam Rosales, Jolbert Cabrera, Andy Phillips, Corey Patterson, Bill Bray and Gary Majewski logged time at Louisville this season. Even Reds veteran Aaron Harang got a win for the Bats, during an Aug. 4 rehab assignment start. Louisville, which entered Friday 82-51, went 17-3 in August to claim its first playoff berth since 2003. With their season extended, don't be surprised if some September callups are delayed until the Bats' run is done. "I was excited for them. I figured they would [clinch]," Hanigan said. "There's momentum on that team down there. They expect to win. They play good, consistent baseball all the time. We obviously lost a couple of guys before, when I was there, and then me and Dickerson. It's not about that. It's about the feel they play with and the aggressiveness. Hopefully they keep it going through the playoffs. I talk to those guys all the time, and I'm rooting them on."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.