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

Cubs are no longer ‘Lovable Losers’

1:20 am Nov. 3, 2016

Unfortunately, the general rule is that there had to be a loser in the most emotional, compelling, competitive and exciting World Series in recent baseball history.

And it was the Cleveland Indians, finishing second in a World Series for the fourth time since last winning in 1948.

That meant that the sentimental favorites, the Chicago Cubs, are no longer the Lovable Losers, winners of a World Series for the first time since

Cubs blast Tribe — on to Game 7

11:48 pm Nov. 1, 2016

‘Every days is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failure behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.’ — Hall of Fame Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller.

Bob Feller knows of what he speaks. Feller won 19 games for the 1948 Cleveland Indians. But he lost two games in the 1948

Lester, Chapman save the Cubs for another day

12:43 am Oct. 31, 2016

Joe Maddon knew exactly what to do, no ifs, no ands and no buts about it.

His Chicago Cubs faced extinction, another long winter’s hibernation if they didn’t win Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night.

So, with his team leading the Cleveland Indians by one run with one out in the seventh inning, it was time to throw convention into the Wrigley Field wind.

“Give me Chapman,” he said.


Tribe needs just one more win

11:25 pm Oct. 29, 2016

The managerial wizardry of Terry Francona continues and his concert pianist’s touch has his Cleveland Indians one victory away from the 2016 World Series trophy that will put black clouds over Chicago once again.

It will be 109 years since the Chicago Cubs cashed a World Series winner’s check.

Francona made two riverboat gambler’s moves in Game 4 Saturday night against the dormant Cubs and came up aces — with one huge

Tribe pitchers dial up a masterpiece

12:23 am Oct. 29, 2016

Masterpiece Theatre couldn’t come close to matching the 3½ hours of lip-chewing, teeth gnashing drama enacted in Game 3 of the 2016 World Series Friday night.

The Cleveland Indians won it, 1-0, but the perspiration level was at drench level until the final out.

The Chicago Cubs had the potential tying run on third and the potential winning run on second in the bottom of the ninth with two outs.

Cleveland closer Cody

Cubs show they won’t go away

11:18 pm Oct. 26, 2016

The Chicago Cubs showed they are not going to go quietly into the night, even a very cold and drizzly night against a very hot Cleveland Indians team in Progressive Field.

After getting shut out in Game 1 Tuesday, the Cubs came out swinging in Game 2 Wednesday night and returned the favor, a 5-1 victory.

After a day off, the World Series shifts to Chicago’s Wrigley Field for Game 3 Friday

Tribe tramples Cubs in Game One

11:48 pm Oct. 25, 2016

‘The city of Cleveland is like our team. It has been pushed around and now it’s time to push back.’ — Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona.

And the Cleveland Indians gave the first shove Tuesday night in Game One of the World Series, with large pushes from pitchers Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller.

If Kluber keeps this up, they might change the spelling of the city to Kleveland. On a chill night

Can the Reds do what the Tribe did?

5:45 pm Oct. 24, 2016

Fans keep asking: “If the Cleveland Indians can do it, why not the Cincinnati Reds?”

Yeah, why not?

Well, they can. It is not why, it is when — if the planets align and the creek don’t rise.

And let’s not invoke the small market-big market excuse.

in the majors.

THE CLEVELAND INDIANS and Cincinnati Reds payrolls were nearly identical. The Tribe’s payroll was $114.7 million, 23rd lowest in the majors, the the Reds was

Of the Cubs, Kershaw and curses

12:30 am Oct. 21, 2016

And now ‘The Curse’ faces the Chicago Cubs— ‘The Curse of Clayton Kershaw.’

That’s the obstacle the Cubs face Saturday when the National League Championship Series continues in Wrigley Field.

But the Cubs do have a cushion. Even if they lose to Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers, there will be a Game 7. If they beat Kershaw they are in the World Series for the first time since 1945.

That scenario is

Tribe Whips Jays, heads for World Series

7:13 pm Oct. 19, 2016

If there is a Merit Badge for chutzpah, Cleveland Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt won his Wednesday afternoon, a gold-plated one.

Chutzpah is defined as audacity, guts, cheeky, nerve, boldness, temerity.

Those all could be Merritt’s middle name after the 24-year-old left hander, helped pitch the Cleveland Indians into the 2016 World Series.

Merritt pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up noe runs, two hits, no walks and struck out three. Then the practically