Thursday, September 4, 2014

MLB Week 23 - The Schoop Schoop Blues

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Fifty years ago Rhythm and Blues singer Betty Everett struck gold with her number one novelty hit “The Shoop Shoop Song”. After witnessing Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop go 4 for 10 with 3 homers and 5 RBI in the series at Camden Yards, our beloved Cincinnati Reds are singing “The Schoop Schoop Blues.”

From the All Star Break to September 3, the Reds are 15 – 29, have lost 8.5 games in the standings, and are dangerously close to being passed by the Chicago Cubs for last place in the division.

“Captain Obvious” Department; Since the aforementioned All Star break, our anemic Cincinnati heroes are at the bottom of the National League in runs, hits, batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage.

The perpetual twelve year old that lives inside me strongly feels the Reds will turn it around this month and make a run for the Wild Card. The working stiff, bill paying, fifty year old father of five, and grandfather of one will be happy to see this nightmarish season end in three weeks.

It’s a shame you have to grow up.

Somewhere near Granite Bay, California, under a wide - brimmed straw hat and tending to his vast vegetable garden, Dusty Baker is smiling. Probably the most relaxing summer he’s spent in quite a while. Rumor has it he may go fishing this week.

How important is Joey Votto to the Reds lineup? Cincinnati is 33 – 43 without him this season.

During Tuesday night’s game at Baltimore, Billy Hamilton broke the Reds single – season club record for stolen bases by a rookie when he swiped base number 55. If he stays healthy, that will only be one of the many Reds records Hamilton will likely break.

Useless Trivia; Despite what you may be thinking, Joe Morgan does not hold the Reds single season record for stolen bases. In 1911 Bob Bescher stole 81 bases for the Reds. Morgan is the only Cincinnati player to steal 50 or more bases in five consecutive seasons (1972 – 1976). With 80 steals in 1986, Eric Davis fell one short of tying Bescher’s club record.

More Useless Trivia; Bob Bescher led the National League in stolen bases for four consecutive seasons, 1909 – 1912, by contrast Joe Morgan NEVER led the league in steals. The last Reds player to lead the National League in stolen bases was Bobby Tolan with 57 in 1970.

When a baseball blog writer writes about stolen bases, there’s not much else happening with the team they’re writing about.

For What it’s Worth Department; I think the Baltimore Orioles may be the best team Cincinnati has played all season.

Memo to the American League; the Orioles are getting hot at the right time.

I’m still rooting for the Kansas City Royals to win the A.L. Central.

Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty said, after dealing Jonathan Broxton to Milwaukee, that this was not a sign that the team was giving up on the season. Must be some truth to that because Cincinnati still has J.J. Hoover.

I read that Reds Triple A affiliate Louisville Bats retired Corky Miller’s uniform #8 prior to Sunday’s game. Corky will always be one of my favorite players.

Some team ought to take a long hard look at Corky Miller for a vacant minor league managerial position. Former catchers always seem to make the best managers, with apologies to Bob Boone.

Cincinnati pitching has, at times, been outstanding this season, and I was really impressed with the four perfect innings the Reds bullpen turned in Tuesday night.

Maybe some of you can help me; I can’t remember the last season that a Reds team did not, at some point of the year, spend at least one day in first place. It had to be before 2010.

For the first time since 1961 the Cincinnati Reds will not play the Houston Astros. Houston joined the National League as the Colt .45’s in 1962.

Speaking of Houston, former Reds infielder Tom Lawless has taken over the interim managerial job after the firing of Bo Porter. Lawless played for Cincinnati from 1982 to 1984, and was the only player in baseball history ever traded for Pete Rose. That happened on August 16, 1984 when the Reds brokered the deal with the Montreal Expos to bring Rose back as player/manager.

I’m voting for Devin Mesoraco to be the 2014 Cincinnati Reds Most Valuable Player. His average with the bases loaded this season borders on something you’d see in video games (6 for 7, 3 grand slams, 18 RBI)

The latest buzz in the sports world is that sometime this upcoming weekend the National Football League regular season will begin.

Have a blessed week. GO BUCKEYES!!!

Dan Howard

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