Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy shares his thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds

Gennett or Peraza at second base?

4:59 pm Jul. 21, 2017

CINCINNATI — A decision has been made, an understandable one but also a curious one.

For the immediate future, manager Bryan Price plans to use the popular Scooter Gennett every day at second base and Jose

Stand-in pitcher, Bomb Squad mangles Reds, 12-2

3:30 pm Jul. 20, 2017

It was about 2 a.m. Thursday morning when Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin was awakened in his hotel room by a phone call.

“You’re pitching today,” said Corbin’s manager, Torey Lovullo. Taijuan Walker, the scheduled starter,

Some trade talk (No, not the Reds)

5:19 pm Jul. 19, 2017

CINCINNATI — Devin Mesoraco was on the disabled list the minimum 10 days and that’s a huge plus for the Cincinnati Reds catcher. Usually he spends enough time on the DL to claim squatter’s rights.

But after playing two rehab games at Class AAA Louisville to prove his shoulder is OK, Mesoraco was activated before Tuesday’s game. He wasn’t in the lineup but probably makes his playing return Thursday afternoon.

“I felt

Finding a rotation for 2018 a challenge for the Reds

5:04 pm Jul. 18, 2017

CINCINNATI — The cycle is complete. Scott Feldman was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, meaning every Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher who came out of spring training in the rotation has been on the disabled

There has been a DeSclafani sighting

11:44 am Jul. 17, 2017

CINCINNATI – Anybody remember a guy named Anthony DeSclafani? Tall guy? Beard? Pitched for the Cincinnati Reds?

Yeah, sure, tall and with a beard pretty much describes every pitcher on the Reds staff and most pitchers

Winker’s batting gloves a tribute to Jay Bruce

12:27 pm Jul. 16, 2017

CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce is gone, but far from forgotten by at least one new member of the Cincinnati Reds.

Rookie outfielder Jesse Winker remembers Bruce passionately and as a tribute he wears a pair of

Top topic for the Reds: a donkey that should be named Zackass

6:32 pm Jul. 15, 2017

CINCINNATI — There was a donkey named Andy on the Great American Ball Park field before Saturday’s game (enter your wise cracks in this space).

And there were two more donkeys on the concourse before the Cincinnati Reds-Washington Nationals game for the fans to have some interaction with.

None of the three was the donkey Joey Votto will give to Zack Cozart as a gift for making the All-Star team. That donkey,

‘Brother’ Valaika drives in three to beat Reds

12:42 am Jul. 6, 2017

In 2010 and 2011 the Cincinnati Reds had a utility infielder named Chris Valaika. And he seldom played.

In 2017, the Colorado Rockies have Pat Valaika, younger brother to Chris, a utility infielder who seldom plays.

But on Wednesday night in Coors Field, Rockies manager Bud Black decided to give regular shortstop Trevor Story a rest because he is slumping, owner of strikeouts in 14 straight games.

And Valaika had a big, big

Bailey back as Reds rip Rockies, 8-1

11:40 pm Jul. 4, 2017

For one night, on Independence Day in the Rocky Mountains, Homer Bailey was back.

Facing the high-powered Colorado Rockies in the Coors Field launching pad, Bailey held the Rockies to one run and eight hits over

Road misery follows Reds to Colorado

11:32 pm Jul. 3, 2017

The Cincinnati Reds were just what the doctor order for the Colorado Rockies — take nine innings and call the doctor in the morning.

The Rockies had lost 10 of their last 11 games when the