Tuesday, June 16, 2015

MLB Week 10 - What''s Next?


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Do you think these will help the injured Reds players heal quicker?

In reference to the television commercial, the above photo was taken on my wife’s iPhone 6.

Five players injured in one week, Brandon Phillips (mild groin pull), Zack Cozart (ligament damage in knee – out until next spring), Billy Hamilton (wrist), Tony Cingrani (shoulder), and now Jon Moscot (dislocated shoulder). At this rate, Cincinnati may look like the Billings, Montana rookie league team by August. Thankfully Phillips, and Hamilton are back in the lineup.

For what it’s worth, I’m recovering from a stomach virus that hit me on Sunday.

Call me crazy, but the Reds young pitching staff is slowly reminding me of the Atlanta Braves pitchers of the early 1990’s.

Useless Trivia; the 1991 Atlanta Braves starting pitchers went by the acronym G.L.A.S.S. which stood for Tom Glavine, Charlie Leibrandt, Steve Avery, John Smoltz, and Pete Smith.

In case you were wondering, I did not get picked in the MLB Draft last week (again).

With four teams in the College World Series, along with teams in the Men’s and Women’s Final Four plus the inaugural College Football Playoff do you see why I believe the Southeastern Conference is the most athletic conference in college sports.

Watching Sunday Night Baseball, between trips to the bathroom, I enjoyed the comment ESPN’s Dan Shulman referenced to Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon as to why he batted the pitcher in the eighth slot. Shulman quoted Maddon as the ninth slot in the lineup could be used as a second leadoff spot if the right hitter was there to get on base for the boppers in the Cubbies order. Shulman briefly mentioned that Bryan Price moved Billy Hamilton to ninth in the Reds order, but Political Correctness prevented him from saying the reason for the move was that Hamilton sucked as a leadoff hitter.

The “Your Life is Meaningless, Catching the Ball is Everything” award goes to Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson who tried to go through the Petco Park wall Sunday afternoon while catching a drive off the bat of San Diego’s Justin Upton. That’s how you play defense.

75 Years Ago – Friday June 21, 1940, after exploding for 23 runs against Brooklyn on June 8, the Reds offense sputters for the next twelve games going 5 – 7 including today’s 4 – 3 loss to the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. Cincinnati scored 35 runs during their mild “June Swoon”.

40 Years Ago – Saturday June 21, 1975, Reds defeat Houston 7 – 6 in fourteen innings at the Astrodome capping an incredible ten game streak that saw Cincinnati win eight games scoring a whopping 75 runs, including three consecutive games of 10, 18, and 11 runs each. Reds record is 42 – 26 and a three game lead in the division.

25 Years Ago – Sunday June 24, 1990, in the Reds first scheduled regular season Sunday Night Baseball game, Cincinnati rolls to a 10 – 6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Speaking of rolling, the highlight of the game was “Nasty Boy” Norm Charlton rolling over Dodger catcher Mike Scioscia for the Reds tenth run. The win moved Cincinnati to a nine game lead in the N.L. West Division.

More Useless Trivia; Game 2 of the 1976 World Series between Cincinnati and the New York Yankees was played on Sunday night October 17. Reds win 4 – 3 on a walk off single by Tony Perez.

Have a blessed week, oh, before I forget, I purchased those bandages at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Barboursville W.V.

Dan Howard

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