Monday, June 8, 2015

MLB Week 9 - Job Openings

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

HELP WANTED – An established corporation is looking for a couple of candidates to work part time on an as needed basis. Experience not necessary but helpful. The successful candidate must possess a consistent ability to throw a sphere over an 18 inch rubber slab located 20 yards away. If you feel you meet our qualifications please send your resume along with three references plus salary requirements to Cincinnati Reds Inc. C/O Great American Ball Park, 100 Main St., Cincinnati OH 45202. Attention: Mr. Jocketty. Serious inquiries only.

Uh, yeah, the relievers are that bad.

Anyone know where Todd Coffey is? Sam LeCure?

What left me scratching my head this past Saturday was, during the bullpen’s most recent meltdown, Reds skipper Bryan Price went to the mound and literally read the riot act to Tony Cingrani. Then after the game Price sends Jumbo Diaz to the minors. Look, I know Price has forgotten more baseball than I’ll ever know, but, during my retail management career, if I got mad at “Lou” I wasn’t going to fire “Jack” because of it.

O.K. I know Diaz gave up the two run single to Matt Kemp that gave San Diego the lead Saturday.

Who was the dude that pitched for the Reds on Friday, Paul Moskau?

For a moment last Wednesday night I thought I was watching the Little League World Series, until I realized that their series is still two months away. Got to give the Reds credit for the unique way to lose Wednesday’s game. It would have been better if Joey Votto had just thrown the ball into the stands.

Maybe I was a bit harsh on Washington’s Bryce Harper last week. I’d gladly welcome him to the Reds, and you would too.

Ah, the ignorance of youth; my son asked me the other day if Cincinnati could trade for Bryce Harper and the Angels Mike Trout.

I’d be remiss if I failed to mention the historical event that happened this past Saturday during the Belmont Stakes. In case you missed it, and I don’t know how if you did, American Pharoah became the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win horse racing’s Triple Crown. On the day Affirmed won the title, June 10, 1978, Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States, gasoline was sixty nine cents a gallon, a postage stamp was fifteen cents, the Bee Gees held the number one song, Night Fever, only businesses owned computers, no internet, cell phones were the size of a shoe box and the wildly popular comic strip, Garfield, was a week away from its debut. Even the network ESPN was fifteen months away from its first broadcast. CNN started on June 1, 1980. Thirty seven years is a very long time.

Useless Trivia; On June 10, 1978, the Reds, behind the pitching of Tom Seaver, along with home runs by Dan Driessen, Joe Morgan and Cesar Geronimo came from behind to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6 – 4 at Three Rivers Stadium.

75 Years Ago; June 8, 1940, the National League leading Reds rolled the second place Brooklyn Dodgers 23 – 2. Cincinnati pounded 27 hits during the rout with Harry Craft hitting for the cycle as part of his 5 for 5 game while driving in six runs. The trio of Lonnie Frey, Frank McCormick and Ernie Lombardi collected four hits each. The win gave Cincinnati a record of 30 – 13.

40 Years Ago; June 8, 1975, the Reds complete a four game sweep of the visiting Chicago Cubs by taking both games of a doubleheader. The win along with the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 – 2 loss at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia gave Cincinnati a 1.5 game lead in the West Division, a lead they would never relinquish.

25 Years Ago; June 13, 1990, Reds offense awakens from its five game losing streak by crushing the Atlanta Braves 13 – 4. Reds rap 18 hits with Glenn Braggs, and Chris Sabo getting four each. Cincinnati’s current first base coach, Billy Hatcher had three hits.

For what it’s worth department; in advance of Monday’s Amateur Draft, I’m STILL waiting to get drafted. Have been since 1981.

Maybe this year.

Have a blessed week. GO TEAM USA!

Dan Howard

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