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Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy shares his thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds
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Reds: To trade or not to trade Jay Bruce

  • 1:18 pm Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

With no apologies to Mr. William Shakespeare, “To trade or not to trade, that is the question swarming around the Cincinnati Reds as the deadline creeps ever closer.”

Before the Reds left on their current west coast trip, I had a long talk with Jay Bruce. At the end he stuck out his hand and said, “If I’m not with the Reds when we get back from this trip, I just want to thank you for all you’ve written about me and how good you have been to me.”

It should have been me thanking him. There is no better person on [More]

Is the Reds’ pitching resurgence for real?

  • 10:30 am Sunday, July 24th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

CINCINNATI — Suddenly, the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff, both starters and the bullpenners, resemble something out of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in the 1990s.

Manager Bryan Price keeps getting asked, “What happened? What turned things around?”’

There are several answers as to why the pitching staff is no longer the National League’s punching bag.

—They didn’t have starter Anthony DeSclafani for the first half of the season due to an oblique injury. Since his return he is 5-and-0.

—They didn’t have Raisel Iglesias, who was the Opening Day starter before shoulder miseries put him on the disabled list. Since he returned, residing in the bullpen, [More]

Is Homer Bailey trying to replace Andy Dalton?

  • 5:05 pm Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Hal McCoy

CINCINNATI — There is an official Wilson NFL football tucked among some trinkets in Homer Bailey’s locker in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse, fully inflated.

Some people might believe that because Bailey hasn’t pitched a baseball in a Major League game this year that he might be preparing to challenge Andy Dalton as quarterback of there Cincinnati Bengals.

Not true.

Even though Bailey is from Texas, where high school football is king, as eulogized in ‘Friday Night Lights,’ Bailey never played football.

“It interfered with deer-hunting season,” said Bailey.

BUT BAILEY DOES TOSS the pigskin around to help build up his arm strength. And he was [More]

Jay Bruce: One of Griffey’s biggest backers

  • 4:57 pm Friday, July 22nd, 2016 by Hal McCoy

CINCINNATI — There is a circular red, white and blue plaque next to Jay Bruce’s locker with ‘Griffey’ on it and the ‘Swingman’ logo.

‘Swingman’ is the Nike trademark for Ken Griffey Jr. gear and for there last three years Bruce has worn that gear — shoes, shirts, batting gloves.

There is probably no bigger fan of Griffey than Bruce and he is probably more excited about Junior’s Hall of Fame induction Sunday than Griffey himself. Of the gear, Bruce said Griffey asked him if he’d like to wear it and he said “It was a no-brainer, a great honor, actually.

“The first [More]

Heart and Hustle: Thy true name is Zack Cozart

  • 5:08 pm Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

CINCINNATI — In these times of negativity enveloping the Cincinnati Reds, while the team is stumbling, fumbling and bumbling its way down a difficult path, it is heartening to listen to somebody like Zack Cozart talk in appreciative tones.

By a vote of former major league players, Cozart is the winner of the Reds’ Heart & Hustle Award. All 30 teams elect one player and after the season there will be an overall winner.

They could do no better than to elect Cozart to that award, too. Nobody plays harder, nobody hustles more and without fanfare or expected glory than the Reds [More]

Mesoraco and surgery becoming best friends

  • 4:59 pm Monday, July 18th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

CINCINNATI — Surgical instruments keep intruding into the catching life of Devin Mesoraco. Over the past two seasons Mesoraco has faced more surgeons and doctors than he has opposing pitchers.

Mesoraco, the No. 1 draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2007, underwent his third surgical procedure in 13 months Monday morning in New York.

All three procedures have been on different parts of the body — the latest one was to repair the labrum in his right hip That gives him a matched pair. He had the labrum in his left hip repaired last June. And in early May of this [More]

Lamb shipped back to ‘AAA’ Louisville

  • 12:05 pm Sunday, July 17th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

ClNCINNATI — The short-lived John Lamb Era is at an end and, of course, its duration is up to the blond-haired Cincinnati Reds left handed pitcher.

After another run-strewn performance Saturday night against the Milwaukee Brewers (two innings, nine runs, nine hits) that submerged his record to 1-and-8, Lamb was demoted to Class AAA Louisville to do reconstructive work.

“We have to get him back to where he is capable of pitching,” said manager Bryan Price. “He knows it. It wasn’t a big surprise. He has had 14 starts and I believe strongly he is a better pitcher than he has shown. [More]

‘The New Billyball’ resides in Cincinnati

  • 5:09 pm Saturday, July 16th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

CINCINNATI — Once upon a time, Billyball was the brand of maniacal baseball played by teams managed by Billy Martin, the hard-drinking, fist-swinging, umpire-baiting, baseball genius.

This is a new day and The New Billyball is associated with the flying feet on Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.

He scores from third base on pop flies barely to the outfield grass. He goes from first to home on short singles. And twice this year he has scored from second base on infield grounders. In short, Hamilton covers more ground than the Chinese army.

IT IS OBVIOUS WHAT Hamilton does to pitchers when he [More]

Reds in the hunt (for MLB’s worst record)

  • 4:13 pm Friday, July 15th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

The second half of the baseball season, denoted as the games after the All-Star break, begins tonight for the Cincinnati Reds and there is a less-defined objective.

Do the Reds try to win as many games as possible, a meaningless exercise at this point, or do they try for next year’s No. 1 draft pick by compiling baseball’s worst record?

They almost did it last year. The Philadelphia Phillies lost one more game than the Reds, so the Phillies ‘won’ the No. 1 pick and the Reds used their No. 2 position to draft third baseman Nick Senzel.

RIGHT NOW, AS THE second [More]

Is this really ‘The American Way?’

  • 5:13 am Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by Hal McCoy

This is a tale about how one bird turned a large flock of American Airlines passengers into a wake of angry buzzards.

After five delightful vacation days in The Bahamas, Nadine and our friends Nancy and Jeff Gordon boarded American Airlines Flight 1762 for Charlotte at 4:30. The misery began 10 minutes into the flight when the captain informed us that the plane had struck a large bird on take off and we had to go back to the Nassau airport to check the damage.

The plane returned to Gate 44 and we were told a mechanic needed to check for damage [More]

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