Thursday, November 5, 2015

Of Heroes And Goats

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Hallelujah, the worst baseball season in 33 years is finally over.

Will the Reds new GM Dick Williams be active this offseason?

I read that the San Francisco Giants declined their option on Nori Aoki, hmmmmm. Career .287 hitter, good contact, some speed although his stolen base numbers have fallen over the past couple of seasons, and he was a bona fide Reds killer while in Milwaukee.

Congrats to the Kansas City Royals, featuring former Reds Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez, and Ryan Madson, for overcoming several deficits to become World Champions.

The New York Mets played like they’d never been to the World Series before, the Royals played like champions.

Post-World Series and Pre-Offseason Musings

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

Remember what I said last week? ”I’m hoping the Royals win but if I was a betting man I would pick the Mets as bad as I hate to. I just think they have the better pitching.” Wrong again. The Royals had the better pitching in the World Series thanks mostly to two former Reds. Edinson Volquez was very good in two starts and Johnny Cueto was almost perfect in his start. Who would have thought back in April that these two former Reds would be the guys who put the Royals over the top?

Of course the Royals are world champions because they do two things that the Reds never do…they put the ball in play in crucial times and their bullpen gets big outs! The Reds strike out in the clutch and their bullpen aside from Chapman rarely gets the job done at crunch time. Result. Royals are the world champions and the Reds are last in the National League Central division.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Comparing Postseason Picks to Reality

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

I am not the least bit interested in this year’s World Series. I have never liked the Mets. Kansas City would be a nice story if they win, but it doesn’t matter to me.

How are my playoff predictions going so far?


I had the Dodgers beating the Mets which they should have done. Greinke and Kershaw both lost a game! Basically, the Dodgers gave the series to the Mets.

I had the Dodgers over the Cubs for the NL pennant. Well, at least I didn’t have the Cubs in the World Series.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Can the Reds go from Worst to First in 2016?

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

Can the Reds be the Astros, the Royals, the Cubs or the Blue Jays in the next two years?

This seems to be the year of revenge for teams that have been bad for the past several years. The Cubs made the playoffs in 2008 and the Astros were in the playoffs in 2005, but until last year it had been 29 years for the Royals, and until this year, 22 years for the Blue Jays.

I left off the Rangers who went from worst to first in 2015 because they have been good for several years and last year was unusual for them.

The Cubs were in last place in their division last season. The Astros lost 92 games in 2014 and were in last place with 111 losses in 2013! The Bluejays were last place in 2013 and the Royals lost 95 games in 2010, 91 games in 2011 and 90 games in 2012.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

The pathetic, deplorable, miserable, anemic, embarrassing, useless, worthless, sorry, confusing, shameful, upsetting, mortifying, bewildering, firetruckin’ Reds 2015 season has finally drawn to a merciful close.

Just think, I waited a week to calm down before writing this post.

Where do I start? How about if I define the adjectives above with how they apply to this past season.

Pathetic – Bryan Price’s stellar record as manager of Cincinnati, 140 wins 184 losses (average 70 – 92), and just think, we get another season of him!

Deplorable – How’s that 106 million dollar contract to Homer Bailey looking now?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Forgettable Season May Force Changes at the Top

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

Things are getting very bleak. The Reds young starters are getting worse rather than improving. They are 23-46 in their last 69 games. That’s horrible for guys you are going to depend on next season. This gives me great concern for 2016. I knew the Reds after trading Cueto and Leake would not be very good but to be this bad was something I never figured. I liked their young pitchers and I still think they can be good but they need to be very good next year. Good won’t cut it in the National League Central division next season. All of Reds nation has reason to be concerned.

It looks like the Reds will wind up losing maybe 97-98 games this year. That is something that no one predicted at the start of the year. I figured maybe 79-83 at the worst! But 65-97 is just unbelievable!

Monday, September 28, 2015

MLB Week 25 - A Tale of Two Cities

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

With sincere apologies to Charles Dickens.

It was the best of times (for Pittsburgh), it was the worst of times (for Cincinnati).

This past Wednesday, Sept. 23, the Pittsburgh Pirates accomplished something for the fourth time in their franchise history that our beloved Reds have NEVER done. Qualified for the postseason in three consecutive years. You read that right, the Cincinnati Reds have never played postseason baseball in three consecutive seasons.

Useless Trivia; the four times the Pirates made the playoffs in three consecutive years, 1901 – 1903, 1970 – 1972, 1990 – 1992, and 2013 – 2015. Unfortunately, for the Bucs, during those streak years, the Pirates made the World Series just four times, 1901 – 1903, and 1971.

The Reds have made the playoffs in back to back seasons a four times, 1939 – 1940, 1972 – 1973, 1975 – 1976, and 2012 – 2013.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Comparing Joey and Ted

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

Joey Votto broke the Reds record for walks in a season with 136. That’s incredible if you really think about it. That takes amazing plate discipline, knowledge of the strike zone and pitch recognition.

Ted Williams, who as we have talked about as the one who Joey has studied intently, had remarkable vision. We have heard the stories of how well Ted could see the ball. He claimed he could read the trademark. (I guess he memorized it.) But his Base on Balls stats are incredible. Ted Williams had six seasons of 140 or more walks. He led the league in walks eight times. Yes, he had eight seasons that he did not walk one hundred times. Most of those where cut short by injury or the Korean War. Only in his second season did he play in more than 140 games and NOT walk one hundred times. He had two seasons that He walked 162 times, his career high.

The most interesting thing about Ted Williams is that he struck out over sixty times in a season only ONCE! He struck out 64 times in his rookie season. He next highest was 54 in his second season and 51 in his fourth season and never more than 47 times after that.


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Please pardon me if my thoughts seem to wander, I’m on the Disabled List for a few days suffering from the effects of Bronchitis and a sinus infection.

Come to think of it, I don’t know of anyone who enjoys Bronchitis, sinus infections, or any other infirmaries.

I’ve got to say this, the medicine I’m taking works really goooood! (He writes while searching for Grateful Dead music.)

One of my antibiotics is so large, I’m wondering if I’m supposed to take it by mouth.

Speaking of illnesses, aren’t you glad this Reds anemic 2015 season is almost over.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Reds Heading Toward Worst Season in Three Decades

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

The Reds stand 60-83 after 143 games. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are only 19 games left in the season. And it looks like the Reds will have their worst record since 2001 when they went 69-93. I don’t think the Reds will make it to 69 victories so this will be the worst Reds record since 1982. That is very disappointing, and I am very surprised to be honest.

Why am I surprised? Well, the Reds had a better starting eight than the Cardinals, Cubs and Pirates at the start of the season. The Reds had the best closer in the game. The Reds knew that their bullpen would be a question mark. But they had Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake coming back. To be honest, I expected 80 wins, and maybe if they could catch a break, 85 wins. The pundits say the Reds are bad because they are in the best division in baseball. Surprisingly, the Central division has not been their undoing. The Reds have a 30-34 record in the Central division. That’s acceptable in a tough division.