Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jonathan Broxton traded to division rival


If the Reds hadn't already bowed out of the postseason race for 2014, they all but threw up the white flag on Sunday when Jonathan Broxton was traded to division rival Milwaukee.

According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Broxton was claimed off waivers by the Brewers, which prompted Cincinnati to propose a trade for the right-handed reliever.

The most notable part of the deal is the fact that Milwaukee has agreed to pick up all of the remaining salary on Broxton's relatively large contract. The 30-year-old is in year two of a three-year deal which pays him $21 million over the life of the contract. This includes $9 million for 2015 and a $9 million club option for 2016 (with a $1 million buyout). The Reds are now off the hook for all of that chunk of change (including the roughly $1.2 million owed to him for the remainder of 2014).

MLB Week 22 - Pete Rose & Other Stuff

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by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Now that the countdown has begun for the end of the Bud Selig era as baseball commissioner, more and more media talking heads are asking “The Commish” “the question”, should Pete Rose be reinstated?

In the quarter century that has passed since the late A. Bartlett Giamatti dropped the “death sentence” on “Charlie Hustle”, we’ve seen Pete go from defiant to remorseful to, in a sense, grandfatherly concerning his banishment from the game he loves.

Yes, Pete made mistakes. Don’t we all? Yes, he finally admitted to betting on baseball after years of denial. I too was fooled on that one. Yes, he bet, not just on baseball, but Cincinnati Reds baseball while he was managing the team.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Close defeats riddle Reds in forgettable regular season


Few seasons in recent memory have possessed the frustration and disappointment that the 2014 regular campaign for the Cincinnati Reds has. Heartbreaking losses, untimely injuries, and sheer unluckiness has riddled a once-promising season. And it has rightfully led many around Reds Country to desire a fast forward button to 2015.

If the campaign could be summed up in one adage, perhaps the old line of being "a day late and a dollar short" would suffice? Under the guidance of first-year manager Bryan Price, the Reds have already managed to lose a whopping 33 (19-33) games by just one run this season. That is the most of any club in the major leagues and it isn't even close (the New York Mets are second with 26 losses by one run).

For kicks and giggles, let's say the Reds could have turned five of those one-run losses into wins. Entering Sunday, this would give them an overall record of 70-66 instead of the 65-71 tally they currently hold. More importantly, this would mean the Queen City's favorite team would still be a mere 1.5 games back for the second Wild Card spot. They would also be 3.5 games behind for first place. But even a division title would seem out of reach at this point in spite of a better record in one run games.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Midweek Reds news and notes



With roughly five weeks to go before the regular season as we know it comes to an end, the Reds aren't exactly in the best position to earn a playoff spot. But that doesn't mean they are technically out of it quite yet. According to fangraphs.com, Bryan Price's crew has only a 3.5 percent chance of playing in October. With 31 games to go, trailing by 10 games for first place, and lagging 5.5 games behind for the second Wild Card spot, I would say 3.5 percent sounds about right.

For most fans, the 2014 season came to an end for all intents and purposes when the club suffered the catastrophic doubleheader meltdown in Colorado a couple weekends back. And then followed that cringe worthy performance with another stinker in St. Louis. Although the Reds are riding a modest two-game winning streak, rumblings around the organization seem to suggest ownership and the front office are already looking to 2015.

 + Ken Rosenthal wonders which starting pitcher(s) the Reds will decide to part ways with this offseason. Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, and Alfredo Simon are all entering their final year of tam control. And the small market Redlegs won't be able to sign them all to long term deals. Especially if Latos and Cueto will demand more than the whopping $105 million deal given to Homer Bailey last season. Which pitcher from this group would you let go?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Youth baseball and softball heaven now open in Cincinnati

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Baseball and softball enthusiasts living in Reds Country won't have to travel far to experience heaven. This is because a sparkling new facility was recently unveiled to serve the Cincinnati area. The following is a press release from the Reds which further details the magnificent facility.

CINCINNATI - Major League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds have officially opened the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, a state-of-the-art baseball and softball training facility that will provide free, year-round instruction and educational and vocational programs to Greater Cincinnati youth ages seven to 18. The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, which is located at Roselawn Park in Cincinnati, is also supported by Procter & Gamble, the City of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, and Reds owners and players.

"The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy is a significant commitment to the young people of Greater Cincinnati and a terrific addition to the storied legacy of the Cincinnati Reds," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, who attended today's opening. "It will serve as an invaluable resource for these children as they discover the opportunities available to them in baseball and beyond. It has been a privilege for Major League Baseball to work alongside the Reds and all local supporters, and we sincerely thank them for their dedication to this project."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

MLB Week 21 – The Nightmare on Joe Nuxhall Way


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Five weeks ago, on Thursday July 17, my family was finishing up an incredible vacation through Tennessee and Alabama. Our Reds were heading to New York City to begin the second half of what had been an incredible 2014 season with a three game series at Yankee Stadium. Sporting a 51 – 44 record and only 1.5 games out of first, I brashly reported that if Cincinnati could get “over the hump” and make it to first place, they would remain there to the end of the season.

What was I thinking?

Now that our hardball heroes have lost 22 of 32 and facing a full 10 (ten) game deficit from first place, that “hump” resembles Mount Everest. In fact the Reds are closer to last place than first.

On a positive note, the Reds are ONLY 6.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot.

Monday, August 18, 2014

October aspirations sinking quickly for Reds after disaster in Denver


On April 15, 1912, while en route to America, arguably the most infamous ship wreck in the history of the world occurred when the RMS Titanic, owned by White Star Line, struck an iceberg and descended to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean within a matter of hours. News that the previously labeled "unsinkable ship" had sank was received across the world in utter dismay. How could the life of this impenetrable vessel be over so soon after it had departed on its maiden voyage just five days prior?

On Sunday, the 2014 season for the Cincinnati Reds suffered a similar fate when the Reds inexplicably melted down at Coors Field, sustaining two brutal back-to-back losses to the woeful Rockies that essentially put both a huge dent in the club morale and the odds of a trip back to the playoffs. Ironically, the forgettable Sunday evening was caused by the same thing that doomed the Titanic, an overabundance of water, except Cincinnati's problem stemmed from a mysterious water main break.

At this point, let me make it clear that I'm not seriously comparing the tragic sinking of the Titanic, which sadly resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 souls, to that of a relatively meaningless baseball team's season. The fateful event from 1912 means to serve more as symbolism to Cincinnati's 2014 campaign more than anything. With that said, there are certainly parallels to draw from both events.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Everything you need to know about recent Reds news in one post


For the middle of August, the last week or so has produced more than its fair share of news related to the Reds. With that in mind, summer vacations, the return of school for the kids, and life in general has probably kept you from keeping up with all of the latest happenings around Reds Country. So here is my attempt at rounding up the most notable nuggets to keep you up to speed.

Brandon Phillips is set to take the field for an actual game for the first time since undergoing left thumb surgery on July 11. That's the good news. The bad news is he won't be suiting up and playing second base for the Redlegs. He will be donning the Triple-A uniform of the Louisville Bats as they play host to the Indianapolis Indians at Louisville Slugger Field on Friday. If all goes well this weekend, Phillips could be back with the big club as soon as Monday when Cincinnati is in St. Louis.

+ Speaking of the Bats, they're planning to honor franchise favorite Corky Miller on August 31 as part of Corky Miller Night at the ballpark. The team is planning to retire Corky's No. 8 jersey on the outfield wall as part of pre-game ceremonies. Well deserved.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

MLB Week 20 - Death of a Genius

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by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

I feel I must comment briefly on the death of comedic legend and San Francisco Giants fan Robin Williams. Mr. Williams burst onto the scene during the hit 1970’s comedy Happy Days. His appearance as “Mork from Ork” made Williams literally a household name overnight. From that came his own show, “Mork and Mindy” opposite Pam Dawber. I’m sure many of you have rummaged through your parents antiques and asked about those funny rainbow suspenders or what exactly did “Nanu – Nanu” mean on this lunchbox.

I remember that cold snowy Friday night in January 1977 when the news flash came about Freddie Prinze, a hugely talented actor from my favorite television show of that era, “Chico and the Man”, tried to kill himself. There were reports from the hospital, the set of his show, his family and various other sources telling how unexpected this was. At thirteen years old, it was the first time I’ve ever prayed for someone. I mean “Chico” couldn’t die, what would happen to the show? I cried when I heard the news the following day that Freddie Prinze had indeed passed away. Robin Williams definitely filled the void left behind when “Chico” died.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pete Rose to serve as coach for Florence Freedom


For the second time this summer, all-time hit king Pete Rose is scheduled to suit up and serve as a coach in a professional baseball game.

The Florence Freedom of the independent Frontier League have announced plans to honor the Cincinnati native on Tuesday, Sept. 2 by retiring his No. 14 and allowing him to coach first base. The retiring of his jersey number will come during a special on-field ceremony during the seventh inning stretch. When it happens, the Freedom will become the first professional team to officially retire Rose's jersey. Additionally, Rose will also throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch.

The event is intended to draw both headlines and fans for an organization that is constantly looking for ways to drum up attention in the minor league baseball landscape. Naturally, the team is giving fans a variety of options to take part in the festivities (for a nominal fee of course).