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Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy shares his thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds
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Can the bullpen get any worse? Yes

  • 2:37 pm Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

UNSOLICITED OBSERVATIONS from The Man Cave, watching the Chicago Cubs Jake Arrieta work just two days after watching Clayton Kershaw work and wondering, “How do they do that?”

You know guys like Arrieta, Kershaw, Johnny Cueto and Chris Sale are special when they give up a hit in the first or second inning and a broadcaster says, “Well, there goes the no-hitter.” It is as if they are expected to throw a no-hitter.

IT WAS NOT too long ago that deeply suffering Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price said, “This is insufferable to watch.” And that was before the current nine-game losing streak.

Did [More]

Kershaw turns Reds bats into papier mache

  • 10:38 am Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

UNSOLICITED OBSERVATIONS from The Man Cave while checking on what Jack The Ripper, The Boston Strangler (Albert DeSalvo), Billy The Kid, John Dillinger and Clayton Kershaw have in common.

ANSWER: They are or were all left handed and it is criminal what they did/do to other people.

In Kershaw’s case it is absolutely legal, but it is still cruel and unusual punishment what he does to major league hitters. Those hitters carry lethal weapons to home plate but they drag them to the batter’s box to face Kershaw for no apparent reason.

If you turned off the TV and went to bed after [More]

Late Night Show: Kershaw vs. Finnegan (wake?)

  • 9:40 am Monday, May 23rd, 2016 by Hal McCoy

UNSOLICITED OBSERVATIONS from The Man Cave, awaiting tonight’s Cincinnati Reds-Los Angeles Dodgers game, mainly to see Clayton Kershaw display his pitching majesty (three Cy Young awards in the last five years).

How tough is this one going to be for the Reds, losers of seven straight and 12 of their last 14? Kershaw (6-1, 1.67) has struck out 10 or more in six straight starts, a franchise record. He has two shutouts in his last four starts.

INCREDIBLY, OVER HIS 70 innings this season Kershaw has struck out 88 and walked four. But as somebody pointed out, he has balked in each [More]

Humor: The best baseball medicine

  • 2:04 pm Saturday, May 21st, 2016 by Hal McCoy

CINCINNATI — As bad as it seems, on your worst day, there is always somebody having a worse time. And that’s true in baseball, too.

As bad as it is these days for the Cincinnati Reds, at least they haven’t lost a player for a day because a chicken bone was lodged in his throat.

That happened to the Atlanta Braves, a team with a worse record (11-30) than the Reds (15-27). Braves shortstop Eric Aybar was eating lunch in the visitor’s clubhouse in Pittsburgh when a chicken bone made an unschedule stop in his throat and he required medical attention.

When it [More]

Passing around the ‘oblique’ (whatever that is)

  • 4:56 pm Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

CINCINNATI — There is a thing called passing the torch, but whoever heard of passing the oblique. And what is an oblique?

Anthony DeSclafani is apparently cured of his oblique injury and the word ‘apparently’ is used advisedly because the Cincinnati Reds have heard that word ‘cured’ before.

And if, indeed, he is cured, he has passed the injury onto fellow starter Tim Adleman, who was afflicted early in Thursday’s 7-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians and is now on the disabled list, where all Reds starting pitchers seem to land.

SO WHAT IS AN oblique, something baseball people never heard of until [More]

Are the Reds on their way to 100 losses?

  • 4:34 pm Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

CINCINNATI — The 2016 baseball season for the Cincinnati Reds is nearly one-fourth completed and there are those who say, “Why finish the season?”

They have to finish the season because they have to play teams who are winning, who are in contention for titles, and the Reds have to do their best to try to beat them.

At their current rate the Reds are on a sluggish pace to lose 101 games this season, which would match the worst record in franchise history.

WHAT IS MOST disheartening to manager Bryan Price and everybody wearing a Reds uniform, other than enough injuries to [More]

Another revision/adjustment in the bullpen

  • 5:22 pm Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

CINCINNATI — This is something for Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Steve Delabar to chew on while he searches for the longitude and latitude of home plate. In his Tuesday appearance in Cleveland against the Indians he walked five of the six guys standing in the batter’s box and he walked in four runs with four straight walks.

If Delabar checks the season pitching line for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw he will discover that Kershaw has walked four hitters. Four hitters all year. Four of the 254 batters he has faced this year.

Of course, Steve Delabar is no Clayton Kershaw, [More]

Price: A man dealt a bunch of bad hands

  • 10:01 pm Monday, May 16th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

UNSOLICTED OBSERVATIONS from The Man Cave answering texts, reading e-mails, perusing a Roger Angell book — anything but paying attention to the Cleveland Indians putting it lustily to the Cincinnati Reds, 15-6.

No matter where I go — Starbucks, Fifth Third Bank, Rite-Aid (for Advil), the Agonis Club or the Great American Ball Park East parking garage — I get the same comment over and over and over:

“The Cincinnati Reds are awfully hard to watch,” they say.

Indeed, they certainly are. It is even harder when you have to watch every game, no matter what, as I do. Nobody wants to see [More]

Bautista shows he can take a punch

  • 12:28 pm Monday, May 16th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

UNSOLICITED OBSERVATIONS from The Man Cave while watching replays of the Toronto-Texas skirmish Sunday, a real baseball fight when most on-the-field confrontations are usually GMA, general milling around.

There is no doubt in my mind that eventually there will be some sort of on-the-field challenge between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates because it seems over the last four seasons somebody gets hit every other at-bat.

WHILE WATCHING THE Toronto-Texas battle royale I saw (like everybody else) Texas second baseman Rouged Odor land a huge right cross onto the jaw of Toronto’s Jose Bautista. Either Odor is a power puff puncher or [More]

Of the Walk of Fame, books and restaurants

  • 4:34 pm Saturday, May 14th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

UNSOLICITED OBSERVATIONS from The Man Cave about a few different things on my mind:

RECEIVED SOME terrific and humbling news this week, totally unexpected and unworthy.

I will be added in September to the Dayton Region Walk of Fame in the revitalized Wrght-Dunbar district on West Third Street.

Like Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, inductees have their own plaque imbedded in the sidewalk. It was breathtaking when I took a stroll and saw some of the inductees I will join in cement: Wilbur and Orville Wright, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Erma Bombeck, Martin Sheen, Arthur Beerman, Jonathan Winters, Gov. James M. Cox, Mike Schmidt, Bing [More]

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