- 4:45 pm Friday, July 1st, 2016 by Hal McCoy
UNSOLICITED OBSERVATIONS from the Man Cave while watching the Cleveland Indians, the team of my youth (and my adulthood) try to beat the Toronto Blue Jays to win their 14th straight game. Is it 1954 all over again?
The Cincinnati Reds continue to have growing pains and the pains this year cant’ be relieved by any medication known to man (or woman).
They are getting what they should expect from their young pitching staff — one never knows from game to game what they will get, especially from the three young left handers currently in the rotation that they received from Kansas [More]
- 11:34 am Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
To say that Cody Reed is off to an inauspicious start is to say that it gets dark at night.
Reed, a tall left hander who most baseball people believe is the best pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds system, is pitching more like Donna Reed right now.
In his first three starts he is 0-and-2 with a 9.00 earned run average on 16 runs and 24 hits in only 16 innings. And he has given up six home runs in those 16 innings and five walks.
THOSE KINDS OF NUMBERS get most pitchers a ticket to Cucamonga or Timbuktu, but Reed is not [More]
- 6:13 pm Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — If, as it was once said, “Chicks dig the long ball,” then baseball should be extremely popular these days to young females.
Home runs are flying out of major league ball parks like flocks of birds fleeing carnivores. So far this season, more than 2,600 home runs have been hit, far more than what were hit at this time last year.
And not only are they leaving the park, they are traveling astonishing distances, landing up there in the top rows where Bob Uecker used to sit for his Miller-Lite commercials.
FOR EXAMPLE, CHICAGO’S Kris Bryant torched three home runs against [More]
- 6:01 pm Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Because the rules say so, even though the Cincinnati Reds are National League Central bottom-feeders, the Reds have to be represented on the All-Star team by at least one player.
Which one? None will be voted in by the fans, so National League/New York Mets manager Terry Collins must make the pick.
Jay Bruce? Adam Duvall? Zack Cozart? Bruce may not be wearing a Reds uniform by the time the mid-July All-Stare game arrives.
DUVALL, WITH HIS 21 home runs and 51 runs batted in might be the logical choice. Does manager Bryan Price believe it?
“Absolutely,” he said. “We all look [More]
- 12:11 pm Sunday, June 26th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — With the thick nostalgia filling the air around Great American Ball Park this weekend involving Pete Rose and the 1976 Cincinnati Reds, fans constantly ask, “Why can’t it be 1976 again? Why don’t the Reds play like that team?”
And current Reds manager Bryan Price shakes his head and says, “It will never happen, never again.”
PRICE MADE IT CLEAR that he is not just talking about his Reds but baseball in particular and the world in general.
“There is no going back because the game is different today than it was in 1976,” said Price. “There are a lot of [More]
- 1:44 pm Saturday, June 25th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Cody Reed’s home debut Friday night against the San Diego Padres was enough to make him leave home and never return.
Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price, though, was not overly disturbed over the 23-year-old left hander’s struggles during a 13-4 loss.
“He had a fair number of runners on base and had to compete with runners on base the entire time,” said Price. The Padres scored one run in each of the five innings Reed pitched, forcing him to pitch out of the stretch all night long.
“Everybody knows how much I like this kid,” said Price. “I like his makeup [More]
- 7:40 pm Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — A few minutes with Pete Rose is like a week with Average Joe Ballplayer. In those few minutes ‘The Hit King’ will provide a lifetime of stories and memories and, mostly, high entertainment.
It was my good fortune to spend 30 minutes with Rose before the 40-year Big Red Machine ceremony on the Great American Ball Park field.
His one-liners come rapid-fire, like Henny Youngman (ask your grandfather).
WHEN SOMEBODY ASKED which is best, going into the Reds Hall of Fame or having his number retired or getting a statue erected, Rose shot back, “What do you think?” The writer [More]
- 6:34 pm Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Jose Peraza is the player the Cincinnati Reds obtained from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Todd Frazier trade, with thoughts of inserting him immediately at second base.
That’s because the Reds thought they could trade Brandon Phillips, that certainly Phillips would accept a trade to the Washington Nationals, where he could play for manager Dusty Baker and play for a team with a chance to make it to the World Series.
They were wrong. Phillips invoked his 10-and-5 rights (10 years in the majors, the last five with the same team) and blocked the trade.
So Phillips remains with the [More]
- 5:38 pm Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Michael Lorenzen, a man always at peace with himself, knows how to handle adversity, knows it does no good to feel sorry for oneself.
He could have spent the first 2 1/2 months of the baseball season muttering, “Why me?” Or he could have sulked, fretted and pouted.
That, though, is not the way it is with the hard-throwing Cincinnati Reds pitcher, who encountered arm problems early in spring training and then came down with mononucleosis that caused him to shed 20 pounds.
HE IS BACK NOW and fired up to do what he can to help The Beleaguered Boys of [More]
- 11:19 pm Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Hal McCoy
By HAL McCOY
When Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch, the Cincinnati Reds would do themselves a favor by staying home and sending cardboard cutouts of themselves to bat.
They are virtual hopeless against the Texas Rangers’ left hander.
After a 5-4 victory in Globe Life Park Wednesday night Hamels is now 10-and-1 with a 1.85 earned run average for his career against the Reds.
And on Wednesday night he held te Reds to one run and five hits over six innings and left with a 4-1 lead.
THE REDS STAGED A comeback against the Texas bullpen, but it was, as so often this year, [More]