Thursday, October 31, 2013

Corky Miller, Greg Reynolds elect free agency

Greg Reynolds and fan favorite Corky Miller are no longer members of the Reds organization as the two were outrighted and elected free agency on Thursday.

Reynolds, who was the second overall pick of the 2006 draft by the Rockies, was signed by Cincinnati last December. In six games with the Reds, the 28-year-old was 1-3 with a 5.52 ERA in 29.1 innings of work. He fared much better in Triple-A this season as evidenced by his 12-3 record, 2.42 ERA, and 3.73 K/BB in 156.1 innings pitched.

Like Reynolds, Miller also spent majority of the 2013 campaign at Triple-A Louisville, where he posted a .200 average with 19 RBI in 135 at-bats. The 37-year-old also saw action in 17 games with the big club. He batted .257 with eight RBI in those games.

For those wondering whether we have seen the last of Miller with the Reds, recent history seems to suggest that we have not. In fact, Miller's release looks very similar to what the Reds have done in each of the last four years. Since 2009, the Reds have released Miller and re-signed him as a free agent all within a matter of weeks each year. So, rest assured that Miller and his awesome mustache will likely be back.

Five Reds players officially hit free agency

Five players who spent last season on the Reds roster officially hit free agency on Thursday.

These players include Bronson Arroyo, Shin-Soo Choo, Nick Masset, Manny Parra, and Zach Duke. The handful of veterans became free agents on Thursday upon completion of the World Series Wednesday night.

The Reds now have five days to tender a qualifying offer to each player. However, as C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes, the club will probably only make an offer to Choo, which will be $14.1 million for one-year. According to Rosecrans, of the nine players who received qualifying offers of $13.3 million last year, none accepted.

Cincinnati would undoubtedly love to keep Choo around for the next few seasons. But they will certainly have plenty of competition from other clubs vying for the outfielder's services.

Vegas releases odds of Reds winning World Series in 2014

Not even 24 hours removed from the conclusion of the last World Series, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas have already released betting odds for next year's Fall Classic.

In what surely has to be taken with a grain of salt, as there are plenty of moves yet to be made this offseason by all 30 MLB teams, the folks at Bovada have given our Cincinnati Reds 16/1 odds to win it all.

For those keeping score at home, that means Cincinnati is tied for the 7th-best odds in the league, along with the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers enter the offseason with the best odds at 7/1.

Video: Five treats from the 2013 season in honor of Halloween

The 2013 season didn't end the way we hoped it would for the Cincinnati Reds. However, that doesn't mean there weren't a lot of great moments to celebrate.

Among other notable achievements, the Reds reached the postseason for the third time in four seasons, and won 90 games for just the fifth time since the wire-to-wire world championship squad in 1990.

So, in honor of a relatively good season, and because today is Halloween, I present to you five tricks treats from the 2013 campaign.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Twenty stats about Reds players and their salaries that will boggle your mind

It's no secret that professional baseball players get compensated very well. But have you ever really sat down and crunched the numbers? If not, you would probably be surprised to know just how much various players make based on their production and other factors.

Here are 20 stats about Reds players that will likely rack your brain:

+ Joey Votto hit 24 home runs this season. Considering he earned a salary of $17 million, the cost per home run to the Reds was $708,333.

+ Votto made approximately $104,938 per game and $23,415 per at-bat.

+ Votto was the 23rd-highest player in MLB this year. However, he made more than every NFL player except Peyton Manning, Elvis Dumervil, and Dwight Freeney.

Video: Defensive highlights of Brandon Phillips from 2013 season

In case you missed it, Reds All-Star second basemen Brandon Phillips won his fourth career Gold Glove Award on Tuesday, beating out Chicago's Darwin Barney and Los Angeles' Mark Ellis in the process.

And in honor of this momentous occasion, here is a video compilation featuring some of his best defensive plays from the 2013 season, which includes no shortage of jaw-dropping web gems.

Although some experts may disagree, in my honest opinion, Phillips is the best defensive second basemen in the National League, and has been for the last handful of years.

So, here is a tip of the cap to @DatDudeBP for his prowess with the leather.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Brandon Phillips lays stake to his fourth career Gold Glove Award

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce entered Tuesday night with a chance to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

In the case of Phillips, the 32-year-old did just that, beating out fellow National League second basemen Darwin Barney of the Cubs and Mark Ellis of the Dodgers for the coveted honor.

It marks the fourth time in Phillips' career that he has been recognized as the best defensively at his position. The Georgia native previously won the award in 2008, 2010, and 2011.

Unfortunately, Bruce will have to settle for being a finalist for the third time in his career, as Diamondbacks right fielder Gerardo Parra edged out both Bruce and Atlanta's Jason Heyward for the award.

The awards were announced Tuesday night via live telecast on ESPN2.

Rangers scoop up former top Reds prospect Kyle Lotzkar

There was a time when Kyle Lotzkar was considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Reds organization. However, a rash of injuries and poor performance eventually led to his demise, as the Reds cut ties with the 24-year-old earlier this month.

Now, the Texas Rangers have swooped in and taken a flier on the Canadian native, who was drafted by Cincinnati with the 53rd overall pick in the 2007 Draft, by signing him to a minor league deal.

In seven seasons in the minor leagues with the Reds, Lotzkar appeared in a total of only 101 games (65 starts), compiling a 16-17 record, 4.33 ERA, and 1.368 WHIP. He showed flashes of promise during the 2010 campaign, where he notched a 2.03 ERA and 4.29 K/BB between Single-A Billings and the AZL Reds, but experienced a horrendous season in 2013, posting an unsightly 8.05 ERA in 33 outings.

At age 24, Lotzkar still has plenty of time to blossom into a big league pitcher, but he just hasn't been able to put it all together just yet. Maybe a change of scenery will do the trick.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Could Dusty Baker be the next bench coach for the Dodgers?

The likelihood that Dusty Baker will be managing a major league team next season is looking very slim at this point.

The former Reds skipper reportedly expressed interest in the Washington Nationals opening earlier this month, however, that feeling didn't turn out to be mutual, as the Nationals not only denied to grant the 64-year-old an interview, but have opted to go with Matt Williams, instead.

Among the other managerial openings, namely the Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, and Seattle Mariners, Baker's name hasn't really been linked to any of them, which means if Baker wants to be coaching at all in 2014, he may have to settle for a less prestigious role.

This is where the Los Angeles Dodgers and their vacant bench coach position come into play. According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, Baker has not received any phone calls from teams seeking his managerial services, but that the Dodgers may be a good fit for the California native.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Reds grooming prospect Michael Lorenzen to transition from outfielder to starting pitcher

In June, the Reds used the No. 38 overall pick to draft Michael Lorenzen, a promising center fielder out of Cal State Fullerton, who slashed .335/.412/.515 for the Titans. Aside from roaming the outfield, Lorenzen did serve as the team's closer as well, recording 19 saves in 22 outings.

Although most scouts envisioned Lorenzen as an everyday position player, Cincinnati had other plans, opting to groom the 6-foot-3 to be a starting pitcher, instead.

This is why Lorenzen, who possesses a plus-fastball (topped out at 99 mph this summmer) and an emerging curveball, was used as a reliever in the minor league system this year. In 22 appearances, all in relief, Lorenzen posted a 3.00 ERA and finished the season at Double-A Pensacola.

Now, Lorenzen is making the transition to starter by honing his skills in the Arizona Fall League. And even though Lorenzen hasn't served as a starting pitcher since he was 12-years-old, he doesn't mind following orders from the Reds, in hopes that it will get him to the big show faster.

The 2013 All-National League Central Team

There was arguably no division in Major League Baseball more stacked near the top than the National League Central in 2013. The division produced three playoff teams in the likes of the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds, and there were plenty of players responsible for that, too.

So, for the sake of fun and debate, I have developed a 25-man roster comprised of players strictly hailing from the National League Central Division, which represents the best the division has to offer. Each player on this imaginary team enjoyed tremendous success this season and is deserving of the recognition.

Remember, numbers don't lie, and numbers were a major factor when creating this squad.

Without further ado, here is your 2013 All-National League Central Team:

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Listen to Joey Votto's appearance on Cincinnati talk radio show

Joey Votto is a man of few words. So, when he does talk people listen.

Well, talk is exactly what the Reds All-Star first basemen did on Friday. In fact, the Canadian native did a whole lot of it. This is because Votto went on the air with Lance McAlister of 700 WLW to talk about a variety of topics pertaining to his season.

You can listen to that interview by playing the audio located in the box at the top of this post. McAlister's interview with Votto begins around the 4:00 mark and lasts until the 16:25 mark.

If you are pinched for time, here are a few highlights from the interview:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce named finalists for Gold Glove Award

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce could soon sport golden gloves.

On Friday, Rawlings unveiled that both players are finalists for the prestigious Gold Glove Award at their respective positions.

The winners at each position for both leagues will be revealed next Tuesday during a live broadcast on ESPN2 at 8:00 PM EST.

The award is voted on by managers and coaches, but this year for the first time, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) created a new analytic, SABR Defensive Index (SDI) that will account for approximately 25-30 percent, depending on the number of ballots received. This is the third season that finalists have been announced before the award is given.

Phillips will be gunning for his fourth career Gold Glove. The Georgia native previously won the defensive honor in 2008, 2010, and 2011. Last season, Phillips was beat out by Chicago Cubs second basemen Darwin Barney. Barney and Mark Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers are the other two finalists for the award.

How much is the Reds franchise worth?

Make no mistake about it, folks. Owning a professional sports franchise is big business.

Just ask the previous owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who sold to a new ownership group that included former NBA great Magic Johnson, for a whopping $2.15 billion last year.

The price tag on the Dodgers was monumental in more ways than one. Not only did the sale rock Major League Baseball, and the entire professional sports world for that matter, but it also elevated the projected values of every franchise in MLB, including the Cincinnati Reds, of course.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg News released the results of nine months worth of research about the business, which they spent compiling and crunching the numbers, before ultimately determining what every MLB franchise is worth.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Reds new field boss and other stuff

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

I refuse to use the obvious cheeky analogy of the Reds hiring Bryan Price as the next manager. Regardless of the temptation, I’ll never use the phrase “The Price is Right” to describe the newest chapter of the Reds storied history.

I listened to the press conference introducing Price, and in a political sense, he said all the right things. I was impressed by his coaching resume, although he never played in the majors, he has gained valuable experience working with team managers such as Lou Piniella, Mike Hargrove, Bob Melvin, and Dusty Baker.

Price stated he wanted to unify the team to a common goal, and although he never said it out loud, the implication was to get the Reds past the first round of the postseason and play deep into October.

When asked about accountability, Price emphasized he expected the entire coaching staff to hold his team accountable, and wanted the players to hold each other accountable, and most important, to be accountable to the fans, the ones who pay the salaries. He concluded the point by stating he wanted the Reds to play the best baseball that “we’re capable of playing on a daily basis, with energy, and when we see those people that are surrounding the ballpark at the end of the day, when we’re leaving, that are ensconced in Cincinnati Reds gear, we have to feel we’ve given them their money’s worth on the field.”

Video: Bryan Price sits down for an exclusive interview with member of Reds media relations department

New Reds skipper Bryan Price has become Cincinnati's most popular man to interview over the past few days. And rightfully so.

The 51-year-old is taking over the reigns of one of the most storied franchises in professional sports. So, it is only natural for folks to be extremely curious to know everything they can about the California native, even if he has been around the organization since 2009 as the pitching coach.

Seen here is a sit-down interview Price had with our friend Jamie Ramsey over at Better off Red. Take a look and listen in as Ramsey, who also serves as an assistant director of media relations for the club, asks Price a plethora of questions, ranging from serious to light-hearted.

The first part of the interview can be seen in the video above while the second part can be seen below at the bottom of the post. I don't know about you, but given everything I have heard, read, and seen about Price, I can't help but come away extremely impressed. Price may or may not lead the Reds to glory over the next few years, however, for the time being, he definitely looks and talks the part.

Grading the 2013 season of Joey Votto

Depending on who you ask, Joey Votto either had an excellent individual season in 2013, or he had a mildly underachieving one.

As a wise man once said, the numbers don't lie, but the numbers also strangely provide justification for folks to either criticize Votto or praise him.

Those who choose to praise Votto will most likely point toward his league-leading 135 walks and .435 on-base percentage, as well as his ability to rebound from knee surgery to play in all 162 regular season games.

However, those who choose to bash him will probably reference the decline across the board in his power numbers. Namely, the fact that he drove in just 73 runs, and recorded the lowest single-season slugging percentage (.491) of his seven-year career.

So, where does that leave us in our honest attempt to assess Votto's season? Truthfully, the realistic assessment is probably somewhere in the middle.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Great American Ball Park guide offers fans plenty of value

As fans of the Reds, who have been attending games at Great American Ball Park since its inaugural season in 2003, we have become very accustomed to all of the amenities and features the stadium has to offer.

However, like anything in life, we don't know everything there is to know about the home of the Reds, and that is why I'm recommending you guys to check out this site called Ballpark E-Guides, which boasts in-depth stadium guides for 16 parks around Major League Baseball, including our beloved Redlegs, of course.

For just $5, you can purchase a detailed 36-page guide online of Great American Ball Park, which is stuffed full of information about tickets, seating, transportation, food, history, and perhaps most importantly, vital tips designed to save you money on your next trip to the stadium.

Seriously, for just five bucks, or the cost of a footlong sub at Subway, you can get access to some information that may enhance the experience of your next Reds home game.

Audio: Listen to Walt Jocketty break down Bryan Price hire and variety of Reds topics

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty went on the air with Bill Cunningham of 700 WLW on Wednesday and touched upon a variety of topics.

Some of these topics included Bryan Price being named the new manager, Joey Votto's approach to hitting, the prospect of keeping Shin-Soo Choo in Cincinnati, and the Brandon Phillips-C. Trent Rosecrans incident, among others.

This interview is really worth listening to, guys. Jocketty discusses a lot of things Reds fans have been talking and wondering about as of late.

He also said this about preparing the Reds for the 2014 season: "We are going to take a much tougher approach to preparing this club, I know what it takes to win."

Via ESPN 1530

Report: Yankees interested in Shin-Soo Choo

The New York Yankees are the latest team rumored to be vying for the services of free agent center fielder Shin-Soo Choo.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, Choo's name came up quite a bit in New York's recent organizational meetings, and the historic franchise appears to be very fond of his on-base ability.

In 2013, in his first season with the Reds, first season in center field, and first season batting leadoff, Choo exceeded expectations by posting the second-best on-base percentage in the National League, trailing only teammate Joey Votto.

Now, with the aid of super agent Scott Boras, Choo finds himself in a position to land a huge contract, and he certainly has no shortage of interested suitors.

The Rangers, Cubs, Astros, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, and the incumbent Reds are all reportedly trying to lure him to their respective organizations.

Notable quotes from Price regarding his managerial philosophy

Here are some notable quotes from Bryan Price regarding his managerial philosophy:

+ On hitting philosophy: "More than anything, it's strike zone command. It's understanding what a good pitch looks like and being able to put a good pass on it and put ball on the barrel with frequency. I don't know if that's a philosophy. That's trying to get back to the fundamentals of baseball."

+ On being a fiery manager: "Things like this are probably the most uncomfortable -- talking about yourself. What type of person you are, what type of personality you are. You might be better served asking guys who have pitched for me in the past. My parents taught me to be honest and direct and to be forthright and to treat others as I wanted to be treated. That's what you guys will get from me. However, there are times on the field when that is not going to be the status quo, where guys need a shove every now and again -- I don't mean that physically -- and I've done that. It's never been part of my coaching that has limited my ability to challenge people. I can't tell you what I'm all about. You guys can figure it out on your own."

+ On using sabermetrics: "I got a chance to watch a lot of good managers. You have to use statistical analysis to understand certain themes and certain percentages. It's a growing part of game. In the same respect you have to understand your team and the guys that you're using in those situations. Is it something they can do well? I'll say this of all the things I don't like doing and didn't like doing is a lot of situational pitchers, matchup guys, I never really enjoyed the matchup game with relief pitchers."

+ On team expectations: "It's a team that's capable of doing even more. I think we certainly should talk very optimistically about the three playoff appearances in the last four years, which were maybe somewhat discredited because we hadn't gotten past the first round. Considering the 15 years prior, it was definitely a huge step in the right direction," Price added. "But we all have expectations of getting beyond that."

+ On building relationships: "I like people, as a general rule. I meet somebody, you guys for example, it's good from the moment we meet. If you do something that is below board, it may change my opinion, it may change our relationship," Price said. "That's how I am with everybody, always starting on a good foundation of trust and then someone has to prove they're no longer trustworthy. That's the same with the players. I like people. Very few people have given me reason not to like them."

All in all, people who watched and listened to Price speak at his press conference on Tuesday came away very impressed. And rightfully so. There is certainly a lot to like here.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mike Leake shares some insight on went wrong with Reds under Dusty Baker

Reds pitcher Mike Leake went on the air with Lance McCallister of 700 WLW Tuesday night and proceeded to share some insight on went wrong toward the end of Dusty Baker's tenure.

Although Baker led Cincinnati to three postseason appearances in four years, the Reds faltered in the first round each time, and they especially flamed out toward the end of this most recent campaign.

Baker was accused of being too friendly, not fiery enough, and above all, unable to inspire and motivate his players to play as a team.

Leake echoed those sentiments in his interview with McCallister:

Reds players sound off on Price hiring

New Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price addresses the media during a press conference at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Upon hearing the news of Bryan Price's promotion from pitching coach to manager of the Reds, several players came forward and expressed their overwhelming support and approval of the hire.

Some of these players include Jay Bruce, Logan Ondrusek, Ryan Ludwick, Brandon Phillips and Sam LeCure, among others. The general consensus among players is that they are thrilled Price will be at the helm.

If you don't believe me, check out these quotes from Tuesday:

Video: Reds officially introduce Bryan Price as new manager

The 61st manager in Cincinnati Reds history was officially introduced in a press conference on Tuesday.

That man is none other than Bryan Price, who previously served as the pitching coach for four seasons, and will be tasked to try and take the franchise to its fourth postseason in five years.

Seen in the video above is general manager Walt Jocketty, majority owner Bob Castellini, and Price, of course, saying a few words to the media about the momentous occasion.

By most accounts, fans were relatively impressed with Price's demeanor and message during the presser. A couple of the points he made in his speech had to do with emphasizing "unity" and "accountability," which is no doubt music to the ears of Reds fans.

And just like that, optimism has been renewed heading into the winter.

Great American Ball Park ranked No. 24 among MLB stadiums

For what it's worth, Great American Ball Park is ranked No. 24 among the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. This is according to the ratings and reviews recorded on Yelp.

Okay, before we puff out our chests in a display of discontent, let us call a spade a spade, shall we? Relatively speaking, Great American Ball Park is far from The Mecca of professional sporting venues.

Aside from the scenic view of the Ohio River, and the booming amount of attractions located inside the stadium (fan zones, various food stands, social media board, etc.), GABP doesn't exactly feature many qualities that is likely to "wow" a visitor. Sure, the river boat beyond the center field wall is a nice tribute to the city, and the smoke stacks are certainly iconic, but compared to other MLB stadiums, GABP is what it is, which is a definite upgrade over the cookie-cutter venue known as Riverfront Stadium, but not quite on par with the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park, which ranked No. 1 on the list.

If you are wondering which stadium was ranked the worst, you might be somewhat surprised to find out that it wasn't the O.Co Coliseum, it ranked No. 28, by the way. The dubious title for worst home park in the majors went to the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, instead.

Via The Roosevelts

Monday, October 21, 2013

Reds expected to name Bryan Price manager on Tuesday

The Price is right, folks!

As expected, the Reds are set to name pitching coach Bryan Price as the team's new manager in a press conference on Tuesday. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer were one of the first members of the media to break the news.

Price will replace the recently fired Dusty Baker, who led Cincinnati to three playoff berths in his six seasons at the helm, and will become the 61st skipper in franchise history.

Before becoming the Reds pitching coach in 2010, Price previously spent 10 years in the same position with the likes of the Seattle Mariners from 2000 to 2005, and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2006 to 2009.

Similar to Baker, Price is considered to be extremely popular among players in the clubhouse. And the fact that he is already familiar with most of the roster likely played in his favor to win the job, too.

Why the Reds would be better served to let Shin-Soo Choo walk in free agency

You could make a legitimate case that Shin-Soo Choo was the most valuable player on the Cincinnati Reds roster in 2013. However, rewarding him with a multi-year contract at the peak of his career is not likely to end well for any organization who chooses to do so.

At age 31, and after spending nine seasons in the major leagues, only four of which he appeared in 95 games or more, Choo is set to score a lucrative deal in free agency. Not only did the Korean native prove he could play multiple outfield positions this year, an ability that many around baseball didn't think he had back in February, but he also proved to be one of the best leadoff hitters in the league.

By many accounts, the 2013 campaign marked a banner year for Choo. He ranked second in the National League in on-base percentage at .423, a career-high, and also produced a career-high with 107 runs scored, 21 home runs, 34 doubles, and 20 stolen bases. Oh, let us not forget his league-leading 26 hit-by-pitches this past year, either.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Brandon Phillips dubbed 'not so popular' in the Reds clubhouse

The further we get from the end of the season, the more likely it appears the Reds are adamant about trading one of its most popular players, Brandon Phillips.

Initial reports suggesting the team may be open to trading their All-Star second basemen have quickly grown into reports claiming it's an inevitable event.

Aside from the previously reported reasons justifying a trade involving Phillips, such as comments he made to Cincinnati Magazine earlier this year crying foul about his contract, or walking into Dusty Baker's office and berating Cincinnati Enquirer reporter C. Trent Rosecrans over a tweet, legendary writer Hal McCoy also revealed some damning nuggets about Phillips in his most recent article, too.

Here are a few snippets taken from Saturday's piece:

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Report: Braves interested in Brandon Phillips-Dan Uggla trade

Let the rumor mill begin, folks.

Now that the Reds are reportedly looking to trade All-Star second basemen Brandon Phillips this offseason, Atlanta Journal Constitution's David O'Brien suggests that the Braves may be interested, with the stipulation being that Cincinnati is willing to take Dan Uggla in the deal.
Essentially, both teams would be swapping their veteran second basemen, and perhaps most notably, the relatively bad contracts that each possesses.

Jose Arredondo has elected free agency

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, right-handed reliever Jose Arredondo has elected free agency under Article XX(D).

After posting stellar numbers with the Reds in 2012 (6-2, 2.95 ERA, 66 GP), Arredondo struggled mightily this season in spring training, and found himself as the odd man out in the bullpen come Opening Day.

As fate would have it, the 28-year-old would never throw a single pitch in the majors in 2013, spending the entire campaign at Triple-A Louisville, where he posted a 5.87 ERA and 1.528 WHIP in 53.2 innings pitched.

Given his solid track record before this year, Arredondo will most likely find at least one team willing to pay for his services, and he may even bounce back to the level he was before, making the horrid '13 season look like a fluke, similar to the way Bronson Arroyo has made his tumultuous 2011 campaign seem.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Cleaning out the junk closet

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

You can sure accumulate a lot of stuff during the six months of a baseball season. From autographs, to photos, to ticket stubs and other mementos of the Reds recently completed season. It may take all winter to sort out this stuff. We sure had high hopes of this season only to see our dreams come crashing down on that brisk October evening in Pittsburgh, but hey, that’s baseball.

There were a few things I wrote about during the season and for the next few paragraphs I wanted to follow up on these items, some not baseball related.

In January, I wrote about our Reds Australian namesake, the Queensland Reds of the Super Rugby League, and how they won the championship in 2011. This year the “Down Under” Reds had a record of 10 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties. Queensland placed fifth in the league and made the postseason as a Wild Card team only to lose in the first round of the playoffs to the Canterbury (New Zealand) Crusaders.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Photo: Teddy Kremer honored by Topps with own baseball card

2013 Topps Update Series Variations US268 Teddy Kremer 260x185 Image

The most beloved bat boy in Cincinnati Reds history now has his own baseball card.

In what is sure to be the hottest item around Reds country since the last Joey Votto bobblehead giveaway, this 2013 Topps Update Series card features the 30-year-old Kremer embracing with outgoing skipper Dusty Baker.

For those who may not know Teddy's amazing story, he got a chance to work as bat boy for the team he loves when his parents won a charity auction, in 2012. His enthusiasm and vigor for the game immediately made him an instant celebrity around Cincinnati.

Earlier this year, on Opening Day, Teddy helped lead the parade through the streets of Cincinnati, and made his grand return as bat boy a short time later, and then again in the summer.

Now, Teddy works in a customer service role for the Reds, and is living a life beyond his wildest dreams.

Via Cardboard Connections

Dusty Baker not likely to land coaching job with Nationals

Although Dusty Baker recently made his interest in the Washington Nationals coaching vacancy publicly known, it doesn't appear the interest is mutual.

In fact, reports suggest the Nationals could come to a decision as to who will replace the departed Davey Johnson to become the team's next skipper.

Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams appears to be the favorite for the gig at this point. According to the Washington Post, he has already had an interview with the team, and given his relationship with general manager Mike Rizzo from his time in the Arizona organization, Williams could indeed be the man for the job.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mat Latos already rehabbing after undergoing successful elbow surgery

In the first bit of official news to come out of Reds camp since the announcement of Dusty Baker's firing, the team has announced that Mat Latos underwent successful right elbow surgery last Friday. The arthroscopic procedure did well to remove some nagging bone chips.

Latos has already begun therapy and is expected to be at full health by the time spring training rolls around in February.

If you recall, Latos was slated to start the Wild Card game against the Pirates, until word got out that his throwing elbow was causing him great discomfort.

In an interview conducted after he was fired, Baker revealed that Latos couldn't throw his curveball in a bullpen session following his final start of the regular season, which immediately raised a red flag.

Report: Reds willing to listen to trade offers for Brandon Phillips this offseason

With the MLB postseason in full swing, there isn't much to report out of Reds camp. The managerial search seems to be moving in a snail-like pace, and most of the sports talk in Cincinnati has been revolving around the Bengals.

But there has been at least one interesting development this week. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are likely out of the fold in acquiring Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero. The club was thought to be in the mix after Guerrero's multi-year deal worth $32 million with the Dodgers fell through in July.

So, what does this all mean, you ask? Well, according to John Fay, Cincinnati's mere interest in Guerrero could be a strong indication that the Reds may be looking to trade All-Star second basemen Brandon Phillips this offseason.

Although Guerrero's primary position is shortstop, most scouts project him to play second base at the major league level, and as Fay wisely points out, the Reds aren't going to pay $4.5 million a year for a backup.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Reds out of the running for Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero

For awhile, it seemed as though the Reds might have a chance at signing a 26-year-old Cuban infielder by the name of Alexander Guerrero. However, that shot appears to be over at this point.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with GM Walt Jocketty on Monday and Jocketty pretty much said Cincinnati was out of the running.

“We scouted him extensively and had a lot of discussions,” Jocketty said. “But I don’t believe anything will happen.”

Guerrero was rumored to have inked a six-year, $32 million deal with the Dodgers in July, but those reports turned out to be inaccurate. Now, powerful sports agent Scott Boras represents Guerrero.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Senior citizens have chance to tour Reds Hall of Fame for free

Senior citizens can get a glimpse of Reds history for free.

Beginning today, all visitors ages 60 and over will be admitted to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum every Monday for the remainder of October. For those looking to mark your calendar, this means that after today (Oct. 14), there will be two more opportunities to capitalize, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28.

Those senior citizens who make their way next door to Great American Ball Park will also receive a limited-edition poster by sports artist Bill Purdom, which features all 81 Reds Hall of Fame members.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and highlights the Cincinnati Reds through historical, interactive and educational exhibits, including the Joe Morgan exhibit through the end of 2013.

Regular admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is located next to Great American Ball Park at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way.

Via Fox 19

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Reds should look no further than Bryan Price in quest to find a new manager

According to multiple reports, the search for the next manager of the Cincinnati Reds has yet to commence. But when it does get underway, one name should stand above the rest, and that name is Bryan Price, who is already one of the most respected and accomplished pitching coaches in the sport.

Considered the favorite for the job by most, Price has certainly earned the right to manage his own MLB club, as evidenced by his recent track record of success. In 2001, Price was named the pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners, and immediately made his presence felt, leading Seattle's staff to the American League ERA title with a 3.54 mark, an improvement of almost one run per game from the previous season. For his efforts, he was dubbed the USA Today Baseball Weekly's Pitching Coach of the Year.

Price spent the next five seasons in Seattle before making his way to Phoenix to become the pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007. Similar to Seattle, Price made his mark with the team in his very first year on the job, earning Major League Coach of the Year honors by Baseball America after leading the Diamondbacks staff to the fourth-best ERA in the league.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Reds games named one of the most affordable in Major League Baseball

Believe it or not, a trip to Great American Ball Park may be one of the most affordable events in Major League Baseball for fans.

According to a new study conducted by NerdWallet, a San Francisco-based venture, the average cost to attend a Cincinnati Reds game at GABP is approximately $45.85. This figure is nearly $10 cheaper than the league average of $55.28. All in all, the Reds ranked as the eighth-most affordable game to see in MLB.

The average cost was calculated by including the cost of a single ticket, parking, a hot dog, a soft drink, and a beer at each MLB stadium. The study suggests Reds fans pay $21.35 per ticket, $17 for parking, $5.50 for a beer and $1 each for the hot dog and soft drink if you go to the $1 stand. 

Should the Reds be looking for a manager who played a certain position?

So young and toothpick-less
The answer is clearly no, but now that the Reds are looking for a new manager for the first time in six seasons, it had me thinking about a few things like did you ever wonder what position a certain manager played or how well he performed when he was a player? You didn't huh? Well then why the hell did I just look up a whole bunch of useless stats? Oh well. I was curious so I looked up the manager of every Major League Baseball team at the start of the 2013 season and researched what position they played and their stats. The results were sort of what I expected and sort of not. I'll let you see for yourself.

I organized them in order of the positions that produced the most managers, then further ordered the managers by the number of years they played professionally. Some of these guys played multiple positions, so I listed them under the position at which they played the most games. I also included their career stats, thanks to, in terms of triple crown numbers basically because it's the simplest thing to comprehend for most people.

I did not include managerial records. You guys have watched baseball the last few years. You know which of these managers has been good and which have not. I'm not including any kind of analytic insight because it doesn't matter. I'll let you infer your own opinions. Enjoy!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Audio: Paul O'Neill discusses Reds job in interview with Dan Patrick

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that former Red and current Yankees broadcaster Paul O'Neill had talked to Reds ownership about the vacant managerial job.

On Friday, O'Neill went on the radio with Dan Patrick and confirmed that he has spoken with the club.

“I’ve talked to some people in the organization, obviously, I live here in Cincinnati. But I don’t think they will do anything — this is kind of the prized time in baseball for fans to sit back and watch the playoffs and try to keep other things out of the news."

The 50-year-old also reiterated his desire to manage the team he once helped lead to a World Series title.

On this day in Reds history: Cincinnati upends Pittsburgh for pennant

October 11th, 1972 - The Reds lay claim to the National League pennant with a dramatic 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh before 41,887 ecstatic fans at Riverfront Stadium. Cincinnati trailed 3-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth before Johnny Bench led off the inning with a solo homer over the right field wall to tie the game.

Tony Perez and Denis Menke followed that up with back-to-back singles. Perez was pinch-ran for by George Foster after a pitching change, who advanced to third base after a fly ball hit to deep right by Cesar Geronimo. Pirates reliever Bob Moose then uncorked a wild pitch to pinch-hitter Hal McRae, allowing Foster to cross the plate as the game's winning run. The Reds comeback from being down 2-1 in the series to win 3-2.

Unfortunately, Sparky Anderson and the Redlegs would go on to fall to the underdog Oakland A's in the World Series in seven games. However, the Big Red Machine wouldn't be denied a world title for long, as the team eventually went on to capture back-to-back world championships in 1975 and '76.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Who is minding the store and other stuff

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Wow, I never saw that coming. The firing of Dusty Baker was a shock, but I guess canning the manager is a whole lot easier than firing the players.

Dusty Baker isn’t the first Reds manager to be replaced after finishing a ninety win season. Actually, Baker is the fourth. The first Reds manager to be replaced after such an accomplishment was Patrick Moran, the skipper who guided Cincinnati to its first World Championship in 1919. Moran led the Reds to a 91 – 63 record in 1923. Unfortunately, prior to the beginning of the 1924 season, Moran became ill in his Fitchburg Massachusetts home, recovered enough to report to Cincinnati’s Spring Training facility in Orlando Florida only to have his condition worsen leading to his death on March 7, 1924 from a kidney ailment.

Are the Reds open to moving Homer Bailey?

Homer Bailey has come a long way in his professional career since being taken 7th overall in the 2004 Amateur Draft. But might the Reds be considering the possibility of trading him this offseason?

It's a question that has to be asked if Bailey continues to be unwilling to sign a long-term contract with Cincinnati. Bailey made $5.35 million in 2013 and is set to receive even more in 2014 as he heads into his last year of arbitration.

This means the 27-year-old will hit free agency after the 2014 season and will likely seek a lucrative contract that includes much more money than the Reds will be able to afford. So, the thought of trading him may not be as crazy as it initially sounds.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mum is the word from Reds in regards to Barry Larkin, David Bell, and Jim Riggleman

Barry Larkin, David Bell, and Jim Riggleman were three names that quickly surfaced as candidates for the Reds coaching job after Dusty Baker was fired last Friday. However, none of the three have yet to receive any word from the team regarding the vacancy. But that doesn't mean they aren't interested.

In fact, each of them have expressed an interest in discussing the gig if given the opportunity.

“I’d certainly talk to them,” Larkin told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Larkin currently serves as an analyst for ESPN and gained managerial experience by coaching the Brazilian national team in the World Baseball Classic this spring. The Cincinnati native is definitely more known around this area for his prowess as a player, though. In 19 seasons with the Reds, Larkin was a 12-time All-Star, 9-time Silver Slugger winner, 3-time Gold Glove winner, and a World Series champion.

Report: Reds owner Bob Castellini has spoken with Paul O'Neill about managerial vacancy

In what can only be described as news from the proverbial left field, there is a report coming out of New York claiming that Yankees broadcaster and former Red Paul O'Neill has spoken to Reds owner Bob Castellini about the managerial opening.
Up until Wednesday, O'Neill's name hadn't been tossed around much (if at all) in regards to the Reds job. So, this report definitely comes as somewhat of a surprise.

Report: Dusty Baker expresses interest in managing Nationals

Former Reds skipper Dusty Baker isn't ready to call it quits just yet.

The 64-year-old has reportedly expressed interest in the vacant Washington Nationals job. This is according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

“It’s early,” Baker told Kilgore. “A lot of stuff doesn’t really happen until the World Series is over. Right now, I’m in no hurry. I just let them know that I was interested.”

The Nationals are in need of a new manager after Davey Johnson decided to retire at the end of the season. Johnson compiled a 224-183 (.550) record in parts of three seasons with Washington. However, a season removed from posting the best record in baseball, the Nationals endured a disappointing year in 2013, failing to make the playoffs despite making a late surge. Nonetheless, the Nationals job is an alluring one, as the team boasts a roster full of talent, and plays in a division that has been down as of late.

On this day in Reds history: Sparky Anderson takes the helm

October 9th is a momentous day in Cincinnati Reds history for a couple of reasons. First, it was the day in which the Queen City won its first of five World Series titles, despite the Chicago White Sox doing their best to allegedly throw the series away ("Black Sox Scandal").

Secondly, October 9th marked the beginning of the most glorious era in franchise history, as Sparky Anderson was named manager on this day in 1969.

October 9th, 1919 - Cincinnati claims its first World Series Championship by whipping the Chicago White Sox 10-5 at Comiskey Park. In one of only four World Series' to have been decided by a best-of-nine format instead of the traditional seven-game format (the others in 1903, 1920, & 1921), the Redlegs outlast the White Sox five games to three.

However, details of eight Chicago players who agreed to help "throw" the series were released to the public 11 months later in 1920. All eight players were banned from organized baseball forever in what would be later known as the "Black Sox Scandal".

Nevertheless, the Reds laid claim to the sport's greatest prize that year; a feat they wouldn't accomplish again until 1940.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Bronson Arroyo has likely thrown his last pitch in a Reds uniform

It's all but certain Bronson Arroyo won't return to the Reds in 2014.

The 36-year-old spoke with Mark Sheldon of recently and revealed that he hasn't heard a word from the Reds in regards to contract negotiations.

“I haven’t had one conversation with them,” Arroyo said. “They could be taking care of other things or other issues. The sense I get is by not having any conversation with me, is they’re going in a different direction."

Arroyo is looking for a two-year deal on the free agent market worth around $14 million per year. Given Cincinnati's financial situation, Arroyo is definitely not going to receive that kind of compensation in the Queen City.

Aside from the money, Arroyo also cited the fact that the Reds boast a much cheaper option to replace him in the rotation, thanks to southpaw Tony Cingrani. So, Arroyo has essentially become as dispensable as ever since joining the Reds in 2006.

Reds in no hurry to fill manager vacancy

It's been eerily quiet around the Reds front office since the club fired Dusty Baker last Friday. On Monday, general manager Walt Jocketty broke the silence.

Speaking to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Jocketty revealed that "a lot" of people are interested in managing the Reds, which is either flattering or an indication that the position is truly up for grabs.

“Oh yeah,” Jocketty said. “We’re hearing from a lot people — some who have managed, some who haven’t. We’re hearing from agents.”

A few of the notable names who have been thrown around as candidates include pitching coach Bryan Price, Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman, Chicago Cubs third base coach David Bell, San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus, and even Cincinnati native and Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Ballot for National League year-end awards

As part of Redlegs Review's membership with the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, RR has the privilege of participating in the voting process for Major League Baseball year-end awards through the BBA.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in 2009 to foster communication and collaboration between bloggers across baseball. Member blogs are encouraged to use one another to deepen their understanding of the game and the teams that play it. The alliance currently boasts several hundred members.

The BBA also has a goal of producing year-end awards in a similar fashion to the Baseball Writers of America. The results of these awards are set to be announced on November 1st and will be available to view through the official site.

There are essentially 10 year-end awards up for grabs with the BBA. Each league is comprised of five awards including the Connie Mack Award (top manager), Willie Mays Award (top rookie), Goose Gossage Award (top reliever), Walter Johnson Award (top pitcher), and Stan Musial Award (top player).

Jay Bruce nominated for Hank Aaron award

Although the season didn't well for the Reds as a team, several Reds players are in the running for individual post-season awards including Jay Bruce, who was named Cincinnati's nominee for the prestigious 2013 Hank Aaron Award.

Here is the press release detailing Bruce's nomination:

Fans can vote exclusively online at and the 30 Club sites. For the fourth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999.

Bruce was the only player in the Major Leagues in 2013 with at least 43 doubles, 30 home runs and 109 RBI. He ranked among the National League Top 10 in HR (3rd), RBI (T2nd), total bases (4th), doubles (T3rd), extra-base hits (2nd) and outfield assists (13, T3rd) while leading all Major League right fielders in HR, RBI, doubles and extra-base hits.

Over the last 3 seasons Bruce produced 105 doubles and 96 homers, numbers matched only by Detroit's Miguel Cabrera. Bruce's 208 RBI the last 2 seasons lead all National League batters and tie for sixth-most in the Major Leagues. He is 1 of only 15 players in Major League history to produce at least 20 HR in each of his first 6 seasons and is only the sixth player in Reds history to produce 30 home runs in 3 straight.

The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time - Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount. These Hall of Famers - who combined for 17,629 hits, 8,278 RBI and 1,723 home runs - have all been personally selected by Hank Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.

Through October 10, fans will have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2013 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2013 World Series.

"It is a great honor that Major League Baseball recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each League with an award in my name," said Hank Aaron. "The game is full of so many talented players today that I am thankful my fellow Hall of Famers and the fans assist in selecting the much deserving winners."

Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey (2012), Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011), Bautista and Joey Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Rodriguez and Pujols (2003); Rodriguez and Bonds (2001-02); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000) and Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999).

The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Reds looking to trade Brandon Phillips?

The shakeup in Cincinnati could extend beyond simply firing Dusty Baker.

Longtime radio announcer Marty Brennaman went on the air with MLB Network Radio on Friday and one of the notable nuggets he said was the team may try and trade All-Star second basemen Brandon Phillips this offseason.

According to Brennaman, the motive behind pulling the trigger on such a deal would be to free up payroll and acquire young prospects.

The 32-year-old is set to make $11 million in 2014 and still has around $50 million left on his current contract, which runs through 2017.

Bronson Arroyo era likely over in Cincinnati

We have likely seen the last of Bronson Arroyo in a Reds uniform.

It was a longshot from the beginning, but it appears as though Arroyo has accepted the fact that the Reds aren't financially able to give him what he wants.

From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

“I have no preference on where I want to pitch but I’ll certainly consider the team, their chances of winning, and all of that,” he said. “I feel I can pitch effectively at 37, 38, and 39 years old. I’ve never missed a start. Never been injured. I’m not a max-effort guy out there, so there’s no big-time wear and tear on me. I loved Cincinnati but I don’t think they’re in position to give me what I want.'

Arroyo is reportedly seeking a three-year deal and Cincinnati is both unwilling and financially unable to meet those demands.