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.

Monday, September 14, 2015


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Memo to the Reds; all this sudden dominance of St. Louis is nice by WHY DID YOU WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER!!!!

Shouldn’t the National Football League be starting soon? I can’t find out anything about it.

To all you haters of Joey Votto’s tirade last week, that’s what heart and swag looks like, in case you’ve forgotten. I only wished the rest of the Reds played with that much passion.

Appalachian definitions; Swearing – what you do if you hit yourself with a hammer. Cursing – what you do if someone else hits you with a hammer. Cussin’ – what Joey Votto did last Wednesday night.

Remember last year’s trip to San Francisco? The Reds destroyed the eventual World Champions in an impressive four game sweep. It was Cincinnati’s first ever four game sweep at AT&T Park, and it was the first Reds four game sweep in San Francisco since the Big Red Machine era of the 1970’s. (1972 to be exact.)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Marveling at Joey Votto's Second Half Surge

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

The Reds continue to fade right along. Now that they are firmly entrenched in last place all we have left now is to enjoy the great second half and overall season that Joey Votto is having. I guess Joey has proven all those wrong that wanted him to swing at more pitches and be more aggressive than previous two or three years. Remember the grief fans gave him then? How quickly we forget.

Two things by which Joey is vindicated .

One, those who thought he wasn’t really injured. Obviously based on his performance this year he was injured the past two years and it did affect his power and his swing. How embarrassed we must be. Yes I said “we” for I also had my doubts about Joey at the time. I hope he will forgive me and all of us. It’s Joey’s greatness that made us wonder how could he be so bad so fast? Well, we found out and to our shame he has embarrassed all of us who doubted him.

Monday, September 7, 2015

MLB Weeks 20 Thru 22 - S.O.S.

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Three weeks off and nothing has changed, except our beloved Reds sink farther and farther back in last place. What a difference two years have made for Queen City baseball.

I don’t know about you, but October 4th can’t come fast enough. I’ll be surprised if Bryan Price is still Reds manager on October 5th.

I think science can prove that a three week vacation goes by much faster than a single work week.

In case you were wondering what was going on, the editor of this blog got married and to celebrate, gave us three weeks off…..without pay of course.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Why 2015 Version of Reds Similar to 1971 Version

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

The Reds finished their western road trip with a 3-7 record. The good news is that their young pitchers did alright. The bad news is that when they pitched well the Reds didn’t score enough to win. I still can’t see how a team with the starting eight the Reds have can have trouble scoring runs? It doesn’t make sense to me. You would think that if the Reds got decent pitching which they have, they would win way more than they lose.

They return home now and finish August with a ten game home stand with two against Kansas City, three with Arizona, a makeup game with Detroit and three with LA.

I was hoping Johnny Cueto would pitch against the Reds but not so. The Reds will finish out the season with rookie starters according to manager Bryan Price. What else could they do? They don’t have anyone else to pitch. Michal Lorenzen was sent down because of innings limits. Will they have enough arms to finish the season? Price said they will find them somewhere. This is a great opportunity for some of the Reds farmhands to get a shot at the big leagues.

Monday, August 17, 2015


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Another year, another 3 – 7 West Coast road trip.

If I was the baseball commissioner, I’d start all West Coast games at 5pm local time. I’d also start Sunday Night Baseball games at 7pm eastern time. Come to think of it, I’d play weekend World Series games in the daytime.

All this got me thinking, if I lived in Hawaii, Cincinnati’s home night games would start at 1pm, their Business Day Specials would begin at 6:30am.

Thank God Ohio State football begins in three weeks, that’ll take my mind off this Reds season of futility.

I must admit, this horrible season makes it very hard to write these articles.