Saturday, May 31, 2014

Record crowd turns out for 13th annual Redlegs Run

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Nearly 5,000 people came out to participate in the 13th Annual Redlegs Run on Saturday. The following is a press release from the Reds which gives more insight on the event's huge success.

CINCINNATI (May 31, 2014) - A record number of more than 4,900 runners and walkers participated today in the 13th annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run at Great American Ball Park, generating nearly $200,000 for the Reds Community Fund. The previous record was 4,381 participants in 2011.
  • The overall top 5K male finisher was Robbie Soharoll with a time of 15:36
  • The overall top 5K female finisher was Olivia Connaughton of Cincinnati with a time of 18:40
  • The overall top 10K male finisher was Tim Kaiser of Union, KY with a time of 34:05
  • The overall top 10K female finisher was Katie Lenahan of Cincinnati with a time of 38:11
The winners have been invited to throw out ceremonial pitches prior to the Tuesday, June 3 Reds vs. San Francisco Giants game at Great American Ball Park.

Complete race results will be posted later today at www.reds.com/run.

Could Reds be eyeing Cuban pitcher for immediate relief help?



The Cincinnati Reds bullpen has not been dependable this season. In fact, the unit's 4.47 ERA ranks as the third-worst in all of Major League Baseball. So it's safe to say the Reds could use some help in this area.

One option the Reds may be keeping an eye on is Cuban right-handed pitcher Raciel Iglesias. According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati was among several clubs on hand to watch Iglesias throw in Haiti on Friday.

Who exactly is Raciel Iglesias and how can he help the Reds? For starters, the consensus is that Iglesias is a reliever who could immediately make an impact in a big league bullpen. And acquiring him wouldn't involve teams giving up players and/or prospects because he's a free agent. It would just take some money.

The 24-year-old defected from Cuba last fall and is a rather diminutive pitcher. He's listed at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds. In comparison, Aroldis Chapman is listed at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds.

Friday, May 30, 2014

MLB Week 9 – Too Many Questions, Not Enough Answers



by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Another week has passed and so has another week of the buffoonery that has become Cincinnati Reds baseball. Whoa! I bet you weren’t expecting that were you? Here we are slightly past the quarter pole of the 2014 season and the Reds have only been at .500 twice this year, at 1 – 1, and 11 – 11. The generic answer is “well, the pitching has been great, but the offense hasn’t caught up yet”. We all have eyes; we can see what’s happening with our Reds. The pitching is brilliant, the defense suspect at times, stellar at others, and the offense sucks, period.

The disappointment we Reds fans experienced after the gag job during the 2012 Divisional Series hurt, but we approached 2013 with an optimism not felt in several years. The ninety win season was nice, the loss at Pittsburgh in the Wild Card game stung, but we thought2014 would be our year. Pitchers Johnny Cueto, MatLatos, and Aroldis Chapman would be a year older, JoeyVotto, Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce another year wiser,the addition of veteran Skip Schumaker, plus throw in a new manager and coaching staff, the die-hard Cincinnati fan in me knew 2014 would be special.

Bronson Arroyo: I've dressed these guys (Reds) in diapers



From 2006 to 2013, Bronson Arroyo was a fixture in Cincinnati's dugout and starting rotation. On Friday, the tables will be turned as Arroyo will not only be in the opposite dugout, but the 37-year-old will also take the hill to try and defeat the Reds.

The Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with the former Redlegs pitcher Thursday to discuss what it meant to go against his old club. In classic Arroyo fashion, the right-hander did not disappoint with some of his answers, including perhaps the best one-liner of them all when saying: "I've dressed these guys up in diapers."

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Video: Watch Brandon Phillips clobber two-run jack against Clayton Kershaw



In case you missed it, the Reds scored a much-needed victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday and it came against arguably the toughest starting pitcher in the league.

Brandon Phillips got Cincinnati off to a great start when he smacked a two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw in the top of the first inning. It marked the fourth bomb of the season for BP.

The Reds would go on to win by a tally of 3-2 to avoid a series sweep. Up next for Bryan Price's squad is a four-game set with the Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Reds players lagging behind in first update on All-Star voting


The first batch of All-Star Game voting for the National League was unveiled Wednesday afternoon and it appears Reds players have some major ground to make up already.

After earning two spots in the starting lineup for last year's Midsummer Classic (Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips), only two Reds currently rank among the top five at their respective position this time around. Phillips is currently third in the voting for second basemen with a tally of 187,067. Meanwhile, Devin Mesoraco ranks fifth among league catchers with 154,489 votes.

It goes without saying, but it is very odd not to see Votto and Jay Bruce included in the update. Both players have battled injuries this season which have obviously limited their playing time (and production). But it's still surreal not to see their names at least in the mix.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Report: Reds to sign Carlos Marmol to minor league deal

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The circle of life can be a strange thing sometimes. Especially when it pertains to the life, well, career of a professional baseball player.

After spending eight seasons pitching against the Reds as a member of the Cubs, 31-year-old reliever Carlos Marmol is reportedly joining the Cincinnati organization thanks to inking a minor league contract. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was the first to report the news.

Marmol was released by the Marlins on May 19 after struggling mightily in 13.1 innings. He allowed 12 runs overall en route to posting an unsightly 8.10 ERA. The Dominican native did strikeout 14 batters in that span, but just like it has in years past, various bouts of wildness have led to extreme woes for Marmol. Namely, walking hitters at an astronomical rate.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Reds slip a spot in latest power rankings



Despite starting the week strong by taking a series from the Nationals in Washington, the Reds faltered over the weekend by losing two out of three at home against the rival Cardinals to close out the week.

It all added up to a 22-26 record heading into Monday's game in Los Angeles and a No. 18 ranking in the latest batch of MLB Power Rankings released by ESPN.com on Monday. For those keeping score at home, it represents a one spot drop for Bryan Price's crew.

The Reds have their work cut out for them in the week ahead to improve that ranking too. They pay a visit to the Dodgers for three games before concluding the seven-game West Coast road trip with a trek to Arizona this weekend. Sure, the Diamondbacks may have the second-worst record in baseball right now, but Cincinnati always seems to struggle when playing out west.

As for the rest of the National League Central, the Cubs moved up one spot to No. 28, the Pirates climbed two notches to No. 22, the Brewers slid three slots to No. 7 and the Cardinals stayed steady at No. 5.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Video: Homer Bailey discusses rivalry with Cardinals and other topics



During the top of the third inning of Saturday's game against the Cardinals, Homer Bailey took some time in the dugout to conduct an interview with FOX Sports Ohio.

The interview included a variety of topics with the most notable being Bailey discussing the rivalry with the Cardinals and the origin of his baseball-related name.

The Reds will try to grab the series tonight when they host the Cardinals on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball beginning at 8 PM.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

MLB Week 8 - Dazzles, Dingers & Drops


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

If my article looks different this week, I can explain. I have often documented in the past how Microsoft Word 2010 reacts to the various spellings of baseball players’ last names, so to push MS Word to the max I decided to write the name of former St. Louis pitcher and current Cleveland Indians hurler Marc Rzepczynski. Not only did MS Word crash, I also got Dell’s infamous “Seven Beeps of Death”, so I’m writing this article on my work computer, not on company time (nod, nod, wink, wink) of course.

Seriously, my laptop problem is very similar to Microsoft’s X-Box “Red Ring of Death”. It has something to do with a solder connection on a processor chip not making a proper connection on the motherboard. One tip that worked briefly was to wrap my laptop in a blanket and let the little thing beep its heart out for a half hour, then let it cool. It worked, for about a month. It’s getting repaired now. Since the warranty has expired, I’d try to fix it myself, but I learned in college that soldering is perfect for people with three hands.

Video: Another look at Todd Frazier's three-run bomb against Cards



Todd Frazier continued his case for All-Star consideration on Friday by smacking his ninth home run of the year off St. Louis pitcher Shelby Miller.

The three-run blast scored Billy Hamilton and Brayan Pena to help raise Frazier's season RBI total to 27 and more importantly gave the Reds an early lead.

The red-hot Devin Mesoraco added a longball of his own later in the game to secure a 5-3 victory for Bryan Price's club.

On this date in Reds history: Reds emerge victorious in first ever night game


As with most things in life, the idea of playing baseball at night was not well received at first. Sanctimonious owners saw playing baseball under artificial lighting as a disgrace to the dignity of the game . However, the Reds, led by general manager Larry MacPhail and owner Powel Crosley, were convinced that night baseball was the way of the future. It took some time, but declining attendance and financial suffering eventually pushed Cincinnati and the rest of baseball to play games after dusk. For this reason, MacPhail and Crosley are widely credited as the fathers of night baseball.

The following is an excerpt taken from Redleg Journal which provides some color on the first game. The book provides an in-depth look into Reds history and is co-authored by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder.

Friday, May 23, 2014

See where each Reds minor league affiliate ranked in 'clash of the caps'


For the last three weeks, Milb.com has been holding a contest to see which minor league team has the best hat design in the business. Fans submitted over two million votes and the verdict of the balloting is finally in. So, where did Reds minor league affiliates rank on this dubious "Clash of the Caps" list?

Leading the way at No. 27 was the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos, followed by the Triple-A Louisville Bats at No. 67, the Single-A Dayton Dragons at No. 75, and the Rookie-Billings Mustangs at No. 88. It appears the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze did not crack the top 100.

Earlier this year, the Bats were actually pegged with a similar honor when a BuzzFeed editor named the franchise's hat logo as the best in minor league baseball.

For the record, the El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, topped the Clash of the Caps list in their very first season of existence. Now that's pretty impressive right there.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Reddit user has cool logo redesign of Great American Ball Park



A Reddit user recently took the time to come up with logo designs for each and every stadium in Major League Baseball and the one for Great American Ball Park is pretty cool.

As you can see, the anonymous Reddit user incorporates arguably the most iconic feature of the stadium, which is the smoke stacks located in right center field.

You can check out the other 29 MLB designs right here.

Charlie Sheen to join pregame show for Cardinals-Reds on Sunday

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It's always a battle when the Reds hook up for a series against the Cardinals. And the folks at ESPN thought the matchup was good enough to put in the primetime spot of Sunday Night Baseball.

In addition to the national coverage, ESPN has also enlisted the help of actor and superfan Charlie Sheen for its pregame show. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Sheen will participate in more than half of the show after analyst John Kruk leaves the set to head toward the broadcast booth.

Sheen, who has appeared in multiple baseball movies over his acting career, will be doing "analysis and commentary, calling highlights, and making predictions over multiple segments," said ESPN publicist Ben Cafardo. Hall of Fame shortstop and Cincinnati native Barry Larkin will be in his usual role on the ESPN Baseball Tonight set as well.

Coverage is slated to begin at 7 p.m. local time.

Photo Credit: Cincinnati Enquirer

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Video: Watch hero cat throw out first pitch at Bakersfield Blaze game



It was a big night for the Bakersfield Blaze on Tuesday as the team welcome Tara the Hero Cat and her family to the stadium to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

In case you missed it, Tara's act of heroism has gone viral after video showing the feline fending off a vicious dog attack and a young a boy has made the rounds on the internet.

Just like Tara was able to assist the boy (Jeremy) with escaping the attack, the boy was able to return the favor by helping Tara throw out the first pitch.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Reds sign former All-Star Jair Jurrjens to minor league contract

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In case you missed it, the Reds added some much-needed pitching depth by inking former All-Star starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens to a minor league contract. News of the signing was first announced Tuesday morning by Bob Nightengale of the USA Today.

The addition of Jurrjens comes on the heels of the Reds losing Jeff Francis to Oakland via the waiver wire. With Francis gone, it left Cincinnati with Chien-Ming Wang as the only real insurance option if a current starter on the major league staff went down to injury.

Although once thought of as a potential frontline starter, a rash of knee injuries and subsequent surgeries have seriously derailed what used to be a promising career for Jurrjens. The Curacao native finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2008 after posting a 13-10 record and 3.68 ERA with Atlanta. He followed that up with a 14-10 and 2.60 ERA in 2009 before earning an All-Star nod in 2011. Unfortunately, Jurrjens hasn't been the same ever since.

Video: Watch Todd Frazier lift Reds to extra innings win with blast



It may have took 15 innings, but Todd Frazier and the Reds finally left Nationals Park with a victory Monday night thanks to a two-run bomb by Cincinnati's third basemen.

There is a good chance many fans in Reds Country went to bed well before Frazier's heroics occurred. So here's the video of his momentous blast for you to enjoy.

It marked the team-leading eighth of the season for the New Jersey native. More importantly, it helped secure the Reds with a 4-3 extra innings win.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Report: Walt Jocketty could be in line for Diamondbacks general manager job


Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has had his work cut out for him this season as injuries have forced him to shuffle the deck more than a card dealer in Vegas. But a recent report by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com suggests Jocketty may not have to worry about the state of Cincinnati's organization much longer. Well, at least beyond this year.

According to Rosenthal, Jocketty's name has been tossed around as one of the potential candidates to replace current Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers. This is assuming Arizona's new chief baseball officer, Tony La Russa, decides to can Towers at some point in the near future.

Here is an excerpt from Rosenthal's column about Jocketty:

Athletics claim Jeff Francis off waivers from Reds


The Oakland Athletics have snatched up southpaw Jeff Francis from the Reds. This is according to an initial tweet by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

On Friday, the 33-year-old was designated for assignment. This came one day after Francis pitched game two of a day-night doubleheader against the Padres. He allowed three earned runs over five innings in that start.

In eight starts with Triple-A Louisville, Francis compiled a 4-3 record, 3.33 ERA, and 3.75 K/BB ratio spanning 48.2 innings of work.

The Athletics are reportedly planning on using Francis out of the bullpen as a long reliever.

Via MLBTR (Photo: Milb.com)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tony Cingrani activated from disabled list, Tucker Barnhart sent down

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Tony Cingrani returns to the mound for Cincinnati today for the first time since April 30 after being activated from the disabled list. Cingrani had previously been sidelined due to tendinitis in his left shoulder.

In six starts prior to hitting the DL, Cingrani posted a 2-2 record, 3.34 ERA, and 1.330 WHIP in 32.1 innings pitched. He will oppose fellow southpaw Cliff Lee who is 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his last six starts against the Reds.

In order to make room on the roster, rookie catcher Tucker Barnhart was sent back to Triple-A Louisville. The Brownsburg, Ind. native was hitting just .107/.138/.214 with one home run and one RBI in 31 plate appearances.

The winner of Sunday's matinee between the Reds and Phillies will win the series. Up next for Bryan Price's club is a three-game set with the Nationals in the nation's capital.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Johnny Cueto finally starting to receive national attention he deserves

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When healthy, it is very hard to realistically deny that Johnny Cueto isn't among the most dominant starting pitchers in professional baseball. Again, the key phrase here is when healthy.

Truth be known the right-hander has been stifling hitters for many seasons now, however, his historic start to the 2014 campaign is finally starting to give him the national attention he deserves.

After Thursday's complete game shutout against the Padres, Cueto officially became the first pitcher since 1909 to start the season pitching at least seven innings and allowing two or fewer runs in his first nine starts. Furthermore, the complete game already marked the third of the year for the Dominican native and effectively lowered his league leading earned run average to 1.25. This is not to mention he leads the league in innings pitched (72), WHIP (0.708) and strikeouts (76), among other categories, as well.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Report: Joey Votto likely bound for disabled list

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Just when you thought the Reds might finally be getting healthy.

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Joey Votto did not make the team's trip to Philadelphia this weekend due to undergoing an MRI on his left knee. A trip to the disabled list seems likely.

The knee is the same one that caused Votto trouble in 2012 when he missed significant time due to going under the knife to repair a torn meniscus.

The 30-year-old is currently hitting .257/.410/.449 with six home runs, eight doubles, and 12 RBI on the year. If Votto's injury does in fact cause him to miss time, the Canadian native will join an already crowded disabled list which includes Jay Bruce, Mat Latos, and Devin Mesoraco, among others.

The news leaves Cincinnati searching for a possible replacement at first base during Votto's absence. Unfortunately, the Reds have few options to turn to and will likely choose between Neftali Soto, Donald Lutz, or moving Todd Frazier from third to first. All told, losing Votto is an extremely tough blow for a club that already lacks offensive punch in its lineup.

Update: Votto's MRI results came back clean and the medical staff diagnosed the former MVP with a left quadriceps strain. It is still not clear at this time whether the ailment will mean a trip the DL.

Hero cat to throw out first pitch at Bakersfield Blaze game



There is a viral video going around the web which shows a courageous cat saving a young boy from a ferocious dog. The video has gone completely viral and you would be in the minority if you haven't seen it yet.

Anyways, the Bakersfield Blaze, Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, has reached out to the cat's owners in hopes of getting the feline to throw out the first pitch at a game next week. And a representative for the team has confirmed that the family has accepted the Blaze's offer!

On May 20, the hero cat known as "Tara" will climb onto the mound and somehow twirl the ceremonial first pitch. At this point, it isn't clear how exactly the cat is going to throw the ball, but I can only assume it will receive an assist from the owners.

MLB week 7: Bombs, blasts and beat downs


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

To all Reds fans, like me, who suffered through an 11 – 2 thumping at the hands of the Rockies last Saturday, to all the Cardinals fans that saw the last place Chicago Cubs light up your pitching staff for 17 runs on Monday night, and to you loyal Blue Jays supporters witnessing Cleveland pound your team for 15 runs on Wednesday, I offer you this beam of hope; it only counts as one loss in the standings.

The Eternal Optimist – “You know if Cincinnati wins two of every three games the rest of this season, our Reds will finish with 100 wins.”

The Eternal Pessimist – “You know if Cincinnati loses two of every three games the rest of this season, our Reds will finish with 103 losses.”

The Realist – “I hope you two have prescriptions for those drugs you’re taking.”

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Video: Highlights from Johnny Cueto's complete game shutout over Padres



Johnny Cueto's bid to become the first Reds pitcher in franchise history to win the Cy Young Award looks even better stronger after the right-hander twirled a complete game shutout against the Padres on Wednesday.

Cueto's dominating performance came in the matinee session of Cincinnati's day-night doubleheader and effectively helped improve his overall record to 4-2. The Dominican native allowed just three hits and two walks while fanning eight.

Cueto entered the game as the league leader among qualifying pitchers in earned run average. After this performance, Cueto managed to lower his already tidy ERA to a sparkling 1.25.

Is this guy good or what?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Video: Watch ex-Red Wily Mo Pena blast a 500-foot home run in Japan



Hey, remember former Reds outfielder Wily Mo Pena? Well, he is apparently crushing balls in Japan and this video serves as proof of his freakish power.

The 32-year-old is currently playing for the Orix Buffaloes and he recently hit a baseball a very long way. How about 492 feet to be exact? The only reason the ball didn't travel further was because the ceiling of the dome got in its way.

For the record, Pena spent 2002-2011 in the United States making stops in Cincinnati, Boston, Washington, Arizona and Seattle. It appears he's now well loved overseas and how could he not with mammoth blasts such as this one?

Via MLB Cut4

Video: Brandon Phillips crashes Ian Kennedy interview with stealth videobomb



In case you missed it, Brandon Phillips was doing Brandon Phillips-like things on Tuesday. No, I'm not referring to his three hits and multiple defensive web gems in Cincinnati's bout with the Padres. What I'm referring to is how Phillips carefully videobombed this interview of Ian Kennedy.

Watch as the 32-year-old leaves his mark on Kennedy's interview with MLB Network before pulling off his grand finale in stealth fashion.

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Louisville Bats make history in monumental comeback


The Triple-A Louisville Bats made history Tuesday night and not exactly in a good way.

All was well for the Bats through the first few frames as they jumped out to an 8-0 lead against the Norfolk Tides. At this point, the Bats looked to be on their way to an easy win. But then came the fifth inning that will go down in the record books as one of the worst in franchise history.

This is because Norfolk rallied for a whopping 11 runs in their half of the inning to take a 13-8 lead. Norfolk's rally was aided by five walks and capped by a three-run home run by Cord Phelps. According to Milb.com, the 11 runs surrendered by Louisville pitching in the inning is a new franchise record.

On a brighter note, the Bats did pound out 15 base hits, which was actually one more than the Tides managed to record. Two of those hits (both singles) came off the bat of rehabbing catcher Devin Mesoraco.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Reds slip two spots in latest batch of power rankings


On the heels of posting a 2-3 record against the likes of the Red Sox and Rockies, the Reds slipped two spots in this week's edition of MLB Power Rankings presented by "Baseball Tonight."

With an overall record of 17-19, Cincinnati earned the No. 19 spot in the rankings, which placed them squarely between the White Sox and Royals. Aside from Saturday's lopsided loss to Colorado, the Reds could very well have posted a 4-1 mark last week, as they came up one-run shy in both of their losses in Beantown.

As far as the rest of the division is concerned, the Brewers (24-14) led the way by occupying the No. 4 position. They previously held the top spot before running into some trouble this past week.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Reds earn 'baseball heavyweight championship' belt with series win over Rockies

Aroldis is back and he's got a lot of belts on his mind.

The Reds picked up a series victory over the Rockies this past weekend and that is good news in more ways than one. This is because Cincinnati has been bestowed the dubious prestigious baseball heavyweight championship belt from the folks at CBS Sports' Eye on Baseball.

Some of you may be wondering, what the hell is the baseball heavyweight championship belt all about? Fortunately, there is a reasoning behind such an, umm, honor.

The Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship, inspired by the valorous glories of professional wrestling, is back for a second season.

The defending World Series champ starts the regular season with the belt. From there, here are our rules.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Video: Watch Aroldis Chapman strike out the side in season debut



On March 19, Aroldis Chapman suffered one of the scariest baseball injuries most of us has ever seen when he was struck in the face by a vicious line drive.

On Sunday, the Cuban Missile was miraculously back on the mound in a Major League Baseball game yet again. And he gave us all a glimpse of what the Reds have been missing in his absence.

Chapman entered the ninth inning to a standing ovation from the Great American Ball Park crowd and proceeded to strike out the side to nail down a win and notch his first save of the season.

Afterward, the southpaw was all smiles.

Johnny Cueto pegged as toughest pitcher to steal a base on in baseball

The Reds' Johnny Cueto, who has a 1.88 E.R.A. through 15 starts, uses Luis Tiant-style mechanics.

The typical chance of success for an average base runner to steal a base is roughly 67 percent. In other words, two out of every three runners who attempt to steal do so successfully.

Johnny Cueto isn't your typical pitcher though. And the odds of swiping a bag off him aren't nearly as good. Here's Jared Cross of ESPN.com explaining Cueto's prowess at keeping runners honest:

Johnny Cueto's left knee buckles. To the runner on first, it appears, if only for an instant, that Cueto is about to lift his front leg and deliver a pitch. Instead, it's Cueto's back foot that moves first, two lightning-fast steps rotate his body nearly 90 degrees, and he throws a bullet to first base across his body. This Cueto two-step is the single best defense against baserunning in baseball, more effective than Yadier Molina's fantastic arm and quick release, and capable of making stolen base attempts untenable for even the fastest runners in the game.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Where do the Reds rank by the relative power index measurement?


The 2014 season hasn't been full of sunshine and rainbows for the Reds thus far. Tough scheduling, injuries, and one-run losses have become all to typical already through roughly six weeks.

Despite the obstacles, first-year manager Bryan Price has managed to guide the Reds to a 16-18 record entering Saturday. This is by no means living up to the expectations set for this team in the offseason. However, considering the amazing amount of injuries, bad luck, and the tough schedule, being two games below .500 at this point isn't so bad.

If you follow college basketball, you will know that RPI (Relative Power Index) is one of the most talked about measurements when sizing up teams. It's not so talked about among the baseball community, but it does exist. According to ESPN.com, which uses a basic formula consisting of 25 percent team winning percentage, 50 percent opponents' average winning percentage, and 25 percent opponents' opponents' average winning percentage, the Reds currently boast a .476 RPI. This puts the Reds squarely between the Rays and Pirates. Not exactly bad company. But you may be surprised to know that being between those teams gives the Reds the 5th worst (26th overall) RPI in Major League Baseball.

Video: Watch Joey Votto smash walk-off home run


Friday home games at Great American Ball Park means post-game fireworks and Joey Votto provided more than enough in Cincinnati's thrilling 4-3 victory over Colorado.

After Jonathan Broxton relinquished the lead in the top of the ninth, Votto stepped to the plate to lead off the home half. Soon thereafter, the Reds first basemen worked the count to 3-0 before completely annihilating a 92 mph fastball into the batter's eye in center field.

Votto's big fly sent the home crowd into a frenzy, and more importantly, it improved Cincy's record on the young season to 16-18.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Video: Watch Todd Frazier blast a ball nearly 500 feet



There are no doubt home runs and then there is this home run hit by Todd Frazier.

The mammoth blast came in the second inning of Cincinnati's bout with Colorado on Friday when Frazier absolutely unloaded on an offering from Jhoulys Chacin.

All told, the ball traveled an estimated 485 feet and it goes down as the sixth-longest home run ever hit in Great American Ball Park.

Wow.

Video: Louisville Bats win with walk-off grand slam by Costanzo



Mike Costanzo had himself a great Thursday night after he smashed a walk-off grand slam to give the Triple-A Louisville Bats a 10-7 victory over the Norfolk Tides.

The big fly marked the fourth of the season for Costanzo as well as his 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th RBI of the young campaign.

The Bats improved to 15-18, coincidentally boasting the same record as their major league affiliate Reds, and will return home this weekend for a four-game series against Pawtucket.

A huge collection of Reds news and notes for the weekend

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Despite it being a slow week on the field, there has been a plethora of newsworthy notes about the Reds to surface this week and this post aims to compile them all into one place. So sit back, relax, and do your diligence in catching up with all of the Reds-related things you need to know.

+ The amount of injuries sustained by the Reds has been called "mind-numbing" by first-year skipper Bryan Price. The team has had 11 players spend time on the disabled list already in 2014 and that includes a whopping eight who currently still reside on it.

+ Devin Mesoraco is eligible to come off the list on Sunday, but it appears as though that isn't likely to happen. Mesoraco is rehabbing from a left hamstring strain, and although he has been hitting in the cage, he still cannot comfortably sprint and has been relegated to merely jogging instead.

MLB Week 6 - It's All Downhill from Here


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Whew! I’m sure glad that’s over. In the 45 seasons I’ve followed Reds baseball, I do not recall a brutal stretch of 33 games where Cincinnati played the defending National League Champs six times, the defending World Champions twice, the reigning National League East Champ three times, three games against an American League playoff team from last season, and seven games versus last year’s National League Wild Card winner. I’m totally impressed with the Reds 15 – 18 record thus far. Sure the Reds lost games they should have won, like the past two games in Boston. It seems the pitching and hitting hasn’t been in sync the opening weeks of the 2014 season but don’t get discouraged, believe me, baseball is a marathon, not a sprint.

What’s up with the schedule makers? Every year after Boston wins the World Series, they play Cincinnati. Look it up! Cincinnati has played a series with the Red Sox in 2005, 2008, and this year.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Registration for the annual Redlegs Run is now underway


Get your running shoes ready, guys. We're nearly three weeks away from the annual bash known as the Redlegs Run and the time to register is now.

Here's more information on the event via press release from the Reds...

Sign up now for the 13th annual Coldwell Banker West Shell Redlegs Run on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Great American Ball Park.

Runners, walkers and families have many options to participate:

- 5K presented by Beacon Orthopaedics: Chip-timed 3.1-mile course starts on Mehring Way behind Great American Ball Park, winds along the riverfront and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
- 10K presented by Trophy Awards: Chip-timed 6.2-mile course starts on Mehring Way, winds along the riverfront, crosses over the Ohio River on the Taylor Southgate Bridge into Newport and back across the Purple People Bridge and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
- One Mile Family Run/Walk presented by UnitedHealthcare: One mile course starts on Mehring Way and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate.
- Gapper's Kids Fun Run presented by UnitedHealthcare: Kids run around the warning track of the ballpark.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Reds-Cubs makeup game slated for July 8 as part of doubleheader


Good news, guys. A doubleheader is on tap for fans to enjoy at Great American Ball Park later this summer. Here are the details of the glorious occasion courtesy of an official press release from the Reds...

CINCINNATI (May 6, 2014) - The Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs game at Great American Ball Park from April 28th that was postponed due to rain will be made up on Tuesday, July 8th at 1:10 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader.

Fans holding tickets from the April 28th rainout game may present their same ticket at the gates for the July 8th game at 1:10 p.m. with no exchange necessary.

Fans not able to attend the July 8th game may exchange tickets at face value for a 2014 Cincinnati Reds regular season home game (exclusions apply), subject to availability.

Aroldis Chapman gets roughed up in rehab start for Louisville


Aroldis Chapman took the mound in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday and was greeted rudely by Triple-A Norfolk.

The southpaw surrendered five earned runs on four hits before being pulled after just 2/3 of an inning. Chapman also walked a batter, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch en route to throwing 33 pitches during a rough outing. So it seems as though command was a problem for the Cuban native on this night.

Chapman's velocity certainly was not an issue as he exceeded triple digits on the stadium radar gun seven times throughout his start. Afterward, Chapman told the media he "feels good" and that he is ready to pitch for the Reds whenever they need him.

That time could come as soon as this weekend for Chapman. However, the original plan before Tuesday's outing was for him to pitch out of the bullpen in Wednesday's game with Louisville. But this is subject to change given the high pitch count he tallied Tuesday night.

Photo: Courier-Journal

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Johnny Cueto currently getting snubbed in dubious 'Cy Young Predictor'


Despite leading all National League pitchers in ERA (1.31), WHIP (0.73), WAR (2.6), and innings pitched (55), Johnny Cueto is still not considered a leading candidate for the Cy Young Award at this point in time, according to the dubious Cy Young Predictor found on ESPN.com.

In fact, Cueto isn't even among the top five. Instead, the Cy Young Predictor currently lists Cueto as the 10th-best pitcher in the league. Anyone who has watched baseball this season knows fully well that Cueto has been a lot better than that.

It seems as though the problem with this Cy Young Predictor formula is that it gives too much weight to a pitcher's win total. Cueto is just 3-2 through seven starts while Zack Greinke, Adam Wainwright and Jean Machi already boast five wins (Machi's win total is amazing when you consider he's thrown just 17 innings this year in relief). So that helps explain why these guys are currently ranked ahead of Cueto.

Here's the complete formula to the madness as co-authored by baseball guru Bill James:

Video: Highlights and commentary from the 1975 World Series



The Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds have some history.

On Tuesday, the two historic franchises will meet again at Fenway Park thanks to Interleague play. And the match-up will undoubtedly drum up fond memories for older fans.

Perhaps the most memorable match-up between the Reds and Red Sox came in the epic 1975 World Series. As you know, the series went seven games and was eventually won by our beloved Redlegs, but not before Boston's Carlton Fisk delivered one of the greatest walk-off home runs in the history of baseball.

In honor of the clubs meeting again this week, check out this video produced by MLB Network which shows highlights from that amazing series as well as commentary from several ex-Reds. Namely, Big Red Machine cogs Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, and Joe Morgan.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Roger Bernadina to rejoin Reds in place of injured Jay Bruce


It's been a crazy 48 hours for Roger Bernadina.

On Saturday, the veteran outfielder was designated for assignment by the Reds to make room on the 25-man roster for Skip Schumaker. At that point, it seemed as though Bernadina's time with the Reds was over. And he was left searching for another team to play for.

However, in a weird twist of fate, Bernadina's services were immediately needed again by the Reds after they learned that Jay Bruce will miss 3-4 weeks due to minor knee surgery. Cincinnati could only hope and wait that Bernadina cleared waivers before entertaining the idea of bringing him back.

According to C. Trent Rosecrans, Bernadina did in fact clear waivers on Monday and has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Louisville. The Reds are then expected to recall Bernadina in time for him to join the team in Boston Tuesday night, at which point Bruce will officially go on the disabled list.

Enjoying the Sights at Great American Ball Park


The Reds have taken two NL Central titles in the past 4 seasons, ace Johnny Cueto is off to dominating start, and Billy Hamilton is sprinting towards the NL Rookie of the Year award. But there is more than just talent on display at Great American Ball Park these days -- thanks to scenic views of the bordering Ohio River, Cincinnati skyline, and state of the art ballpark features which give fans a true all-around experience on game day.

The most impressive and expansive views of the river belong to the patio at Redlegs Landing, but you'll need a group of 60 friends to get there. Fortunately, the outer view level seats down the left field line offer a good alternative and a budget friendly ticket price. Section 512 has great sightlines to the river as you look towards the right field corner, with the Roebling Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky in the background.

The gap in the north side of the upper deck was designed as a window between the ballpark and the Cincinnati skyline. Sitting in Section 140 gives you a head on view directly through and out to the city for a fun perspective with just a glance up from home plate. Other bonuses here include close proximity to the Budweiser Bowtie Bar and visitor's bullpen, home run potential, and a nice river breeze at your back. But remember the sunscreen for a day game as shade is not on this menu.

Reds Hall of Fame and Museum unveil bobblehead giveaway schedule


Do you love bobbleheads? Do you love the Reds?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, please read on. The following is a press release about the great bobblehead giveaway the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is doing in 2014.

CINCINNATI -- The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum's collectible gift program continues in 2014 with five bobbleheads presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

The first bobblehead in the series, featuring former Reds manager Sparky Anderson, will be available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of May with full-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum beginning on Friday, May 2 at 10 am. Only 6,000 bobbleheads have been produced and there is a limit of one bobblehead per visitor per day.

The bobblehead depicts Sparky with his arm outstretched, pointing toward the bullpen and signaling for a right-handed pitcher to come into the game. He was coined "Captain Hook" for his frequent pitching changes, a reputation immortalized in this bobblehead. Sparky's effective use of the Big Red Machine's talented corps of relievers helped revolutionize the role of relief pitchers throughout baseball.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Report: Jay Bruce expected to miss 3-4 weeks after knee surgery

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Jay Bruce is expected to miss 3-4 weeks due to requiring surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com was the first to confirm that Bruce will undergo surgery this week.

The 27-year-old was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore knee. Upon further review, the team's medical staff found that the ailment was worse than they initially believed.

Losing Bruce will undoubtedly be a big blow to the heart of Cincinnati's batting order. The Reds will now rely heavily on Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick, and Joey Votto to provide power in a lineup that will otherwise be void of power in Bruce's absence.

A trip to the disabled list has been a rarity for Bruce throughout his career. In fact, he's been the team's token Iron Man recently. The Texas native has played in no fewer than 148 games in each of the last four seasons. However, that streak is likely to come to a halt with Sunday's news.

Bruce is hitting .218 with three home runs and 14 RBI this year.

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Video: Have another look at Todd Frazier sending Reds to a walk-off victory




On a weekend featuring Star Wars themes galore, the Reds were locked in their own battle with the first place Brewers at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati entered Thursday 7.5 games back of Milwaukee and by Sunday night had cut two games off that deficit thanks in part to Todd Frazier's clutch double in the bottom of the 10th.

Frazier's frozen rope down the left field line plated Chris Heisey from first to give the Redlegs a walk-off win. More importantly, it gave the Reds three wins in the four-game series against a team that entered the series with the best record in baseball.

Photo: Ken Griffey Jr. was styling at Kentucky Derby



California Chrome may have won the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby, but Cincinnati native, former Red, and future Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. may have won the weekend.

Junior and his wife, Melissa, took in the festivities at Churchill Downs this weekend, and part of the fun included this star-studded photo of Junior alongside actor Jamie Foxx.

On a side note, the lady and I went and saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend and came away very impressed by Foxx in his villainous role as Electro in the film. If you're a fan of superhero movies, I think you're going to like what the second installment of this movie series brings.

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Sunday's edition of Reds news and notes

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Are you having trouble keeping up with all of the Reds-related news lately? You're not alone. There's been a lot of it lately and the following is an opportunity to get you up to speed.

+ Reds fans got their first look at utilityman Skip Schumaker Saturday night after he was activated from the disabled list. He entered the game in the bottom of the seventh inning as a pinch runner for Ryan Ludwick and stayed in the game to play left field. Schumaker had previously been out of service since dislocating his left shoulder late in spring training. In order to make room on the 25-man roster, Roger Bernadina was designated for assignment. The 29-year-old was hitting .143 (4-for-28).

+ Have you ever wondered how the infamous "Banana Phone" radio segments during rain delays came about? Marty Brennaman tells all in this video from Cincinnati Enquirer.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Video: Marty Brennaman discusses history of 'Banana Phone'



The "Banana Phone" used by Marty Brennaman and the rest of the radio broadcast crew during rain delays has become stuff of legend over the years.

In the video clip above, John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with the legendary broadcaster himself to discuss the history of the yellow-colored communications device.

Basically, the Banana Phone was born in 1989 (just like me) when former Reds Vice President Don Breen gifted it to Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall as a joke. Breen had recently left the Reds to work for Chiquita Brands and thought giving this item to the guys would be a humorous gesture.

Little did anyone know at the time that the Banana Phone would become a staple in the radio booth until the team left for Great American Ball Park in 2003. Now, the infamous phone is housed in the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum for visitors to see and admire.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Billy Hamilton touted as top rookie in league after April

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It was no stretch to believe that Billy Hamilton could contend for National League Rookie of the Year honors entering the spring. And that outlook has only intensified after one month into the regular season.

Our old friend (and ex-general manager) Jim Bowden over at ESPN.com recently ranked who he believed were the top 10 rookies in baseball after the month of April. The 23-year-old Hamilton didn't fall into the top five, however, he did earn the No. 6 spot on Bowden's list, which was good enough to earn him the highest ranking of any rookie in the National League.

Here's what Bowden had to say about the speedy Hamilton:

Video: Watch Tucker Barnhart smack first major league home run



Tucker Barnhart, the pride of Brownsburg, Ind., gave his hometown a reason to cheer Thursday night as he smashed the first home run of his major league career.

Barnhart's big fly came in the bottom of the fifth inning and effectively knotted the game up at one a piece. It wasn't the hardest hit ball of the game, but the rookie got enough of it to deliver it over the right field wall.

The longball isn't something that comes often for Barnhart. In 1,376 minor league plate apperances, the 23-year-old belted just 13 home runs.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

MLB Week 5 - Here We Go Again

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by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

BREAKING NEWS: Aroldis Chapman hit 101MPH in his first rehab assignment.

It is my sincere wish that we could go a whole year without some idiot owner, athlete, fan, or celebrity making some stupid racist remark. Of the seventy two articles I’ve written for this blog, nearly ten percent has been my opinionated response to racism or a racially charged remark. That’s way too many.

This time the culprit is the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, who was recorded chastising his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, for hanging around people of different ethnicity, and posting the pictures on social media. He also demanded that she not bring “those people” to any of the Clippers games.

I’m not a doctor, but I believe Donald Sterling suffers from Cranial-Rectum Inversion.

Star Wars weekend at Great American Ball Park is upon us


The Reds will be hosting more than the division rival Milwaukee Brewers this weekend at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati will also be hosting a ton of STAR WARS-inspired fun.

Here's a press release from the team which details the momentous occasion:

May the Force be with you as Reds fans journey to a galaxy far, far away for a weekend full of STAR WARS™ fun and excitement. The ballpark will come alive with characters and music from the iconic film series as the Reds look to prove themselves as Jedi Masters against the Brewers.

All weekend long, characters will be at the ballpark. Among the characters scheduled to appear are Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker and Stormtroopers.

Friday, May 2, 2014 - Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10 p.m.

Johnny Cueto tabbed best pitcher in baseball for month of April

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If the National League Cy Young Award was bestowed after one month of the season, there is a good chance Johnny Cueto would be among the favorites to win it.

The fine folks at Eye on Baseball are well aware of this and that is why they tabbed Cueto as baseball's best pitcher through the month of April. Have a look for yourself and read what they had to say:

Let's put this way regarding Cueto (1.15 ERA in 47 innings): In his worst start of the year, he gave up two runs over seven innings pitched. This isn't anything new for Cueto, as he owns an ERA of 2.47 since 2011 (74 starts). When healthy, he's a front-line ace.

Cueto also leads all Major League Baseball pitchers in Wins Above Replacement with 2.4. The only real blemish on his resume at this point is his 2-2 record. As long as voters can look past the lack of wins, which he essentially cannot control, he should continue to be among the frontrunners for Cy Young talk.