Tuesday, May 5, 2015

MLB Week 4 – Cincinnati’s M*A*S*H Unit



by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Who would have thought four weeks into the 2015 season the Reds Most Valuable Player would be Dr. Tim Kremchek, Cincinnati’s team physician.

How’s that 106 million dollar contract to Homer Bailey looking now? Twice on the Disabled List and unlikely to return for the remainder of the 2015 season.

Is Sean Marshall expected to return….ever?

Guess who is still in Louisville? Sam Lecure.

Sorry to hear about the dismissal of Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. You know, it’s easier to can the manager instead of firing the players.

Oh how the mighty have fallen, in 2011 the Brewers won the National League Central, beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Divisional Series only to lose in six games to the eventual World Champions St. Louis Cardinals in the N.L.C.S.

I guess losing Tony Plush a.k.a. Nyjer Morgan was too much for the Brewers to recover.

Useless Trivia; Nyjer Morgan now plays in the Korea Baseball League for the Hanwha Eagles.

Is it me or did Johnny Cueto just not look like himself on Sunday.

As of Sunday, the Houston Astros are on pace to win 110 games. After Monday’s win the St. Louis Cardinals are on pace to win 126. Which one do you think will happen? My money’s on the Cardinals.

The Houston Astros are 18 – 0 in games which they held a lead. The Reds are 12 – 0 when leading at the end of the game.

Would the Cardinals still be as good if they kept Albert Pujols?

Wasn’t there a boxing match last Saturday?

In the forty-five plus years I’ve followed the Reds, I don’t ever remember Cincinnati’s first two road trips of a season lasting ten games each.

With all the problems surrounding the 2015 Reds team, some 2000 miles to the west, in a California town, a man, adorned with a sun hat, finishes tending to his new vegetable garden, relaxes with a tall glass of lemonade and wonders if his tomatoes this year will be a plentiful as last season. Baseball is the farthest thing from Dusty Baker’s mind.

If I sign a contract with an employer, I expect the employer to honor his responsibility of the contract. The employer also requires me to fulfil my duties as outlined. I sincerely expect the players union to get involved in the Alex Rodriguez compensation case. In case you haven’t heard, the Yankees agreed to pay Rodriguez six million bucks when he hits a milestone home run, like he did last Friday tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time homer list. Now the Pinstripers contend they are not obligated to honor that clause of the contract signed in 2007.

Yes, A-Rod took steroids, yes, he did the time for the crime by sitting out last season. The Yankees knew the controversy surrounding their third baseman when they signed the contract so eat your pride and cough up the dough.

75 Years Ago – The Reds reel off five straight wins to move within a half game of the top spot in the National League. Cincinnati ended Brooklyn’s nine game winning streak on May 1, defeated the Philadelphia Phillies on May 4 and swept a three game series from the New York Giants May 5 – 7.

40 Years Ago – The Big Red Machine improved their record to 16 – 12 by winning five of six games. Cincinnati remained in second place 2.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

25 Years Ago – Reds roll to an 18 – 5 record after a 3 – 0 win at St. Louis. The “Nasty Boys” were not a factor in this one as manager Lou Piniella allowed Tom Browning to finish what he started. Reds led the N.L. West by 5.5 games.

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!!!

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