Tuesday, September 22, 2015


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Please pardon me if my thoughts seem to wander, I’m on the Disabled List for a few days suffering from the effects of Bronchitis and a sinus infection.

Come to think of it, I don’t know of anyone who enjoys Bronchitis, sinus infections, or any other infirmaries.

I’ve got to say this, the medicine I’m taking works really goooood! (He writes while searching for Grateful Dead music.)

One of my antibiotics is so large, I’m wondering if I’m supposed to take it by mouth.

Speaking of illnesses, aren’t you glad this Reds anemic 2015 season is almost over.

Joey Votto is living proof that one man does not make a baseball team, although he is unquestionably baseball’s best player, he will not win the N.L. M.V.P.

All because Votto has eight offensive teammates who couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat.

My early postseason award winners;

N.L. M.V.P. – Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

N.L. Rookie of the Year – Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

N.L. Cy Young – Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers

N.L. Manager of the Year – Terry Collins, New York Mets

A.L. M.V.P. – Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

A.L. Rookie of the Year – Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians

A.L. Cy Young – Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

A.L. Manager of the Year – A.J. Hinch – Houston Astros

Remember, I’m on medication.

Kiss of Death Award – Goes to me for boldly stating last week that I’m rooting for the Houston Astros to win the A.L. West. Then the Astros promptly get swept by the Texas Rangers in a four game series, turning their 1.5 game lead into a 2.5 game deficit. Hey Astros fans, enjoy your trip to New York to face the Yankees in the Wild Card game, and I’m sorry.

This season Todd Frazier has 41 doubles, 35 HR and 88 RBI. Frank Robinson is the only other player in franchise history to produce in a season at least 40 doubles and 35 HR (1962, 51 doubles, 39 homers). No Reds player ever has produced in the same season as many as 40 doubles and 40 homers. Frazier is trying to become only the fourth batter in Reds history to produce in a season 40 doubles, 30 HR and 100 RBI (Jay Bruce, Dave Parker, and Frank Robinson).

Unfortunately, “Bobby Abreu Syndrome” hit Todd Frazier. After his thrilling win in this year’s Home Run Derby, Frazier’s offense dwindled dramatically hitting but ten homers along with a .222 average. Frazier batted .284 with 25 home runs prior to the Derby.

75 Years Ago; Thursday Sept. 26, 1940 – In the first game of a doubleheader at St. Louis’ Sportsman Park, Reds legendary pitcher Johnny Vander Meer goes the distance in Cincinnati’s 4 – 3 win over the Cardinals.

40 Years Ago; Wednesday Sept. 24, 1975 – Cincinnati’s final 1975 game at Houston’s Astrodome results in a 6 – 4 win over the Astros. The win was their 105th of the season and enabled the Reds to stretch their N.L. West lead to 19 games.

25 Years Ago; Thursday Sept. 27, 1990 – The home standing Reds defeat the Atlanta Braves 4 – 2 behind Tom Browning’s pitching to lower their Magic Number for clinching the N.L. West to one game.

After Sunday’s Dallas/Philadelphia football game, Tony Romo now has eight weeks to bake cupcakes. (You Tube his DirecTV commercial)

Rumor has it that half of Alabama was on suicide watch after the Tide’s loss to Ole Miss on Saturday night/Sunday morning. (The game ended at 1:30am.)

Who would have thought the Mid-American Conference had that good of a football team?

It’s time for another round of medicine, anyone know where I can buy a V.W. Micro Bus?

Have a blessed week. Get well soon, me!

Dan Howard

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