- 12:04 pm Sunday, September 18th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Bryan Price knows he is trudging on a narrow ridge when he pushes for injured players to work to get back into the lineup, even though there are only two weeks left in the season and there are no carrots dangling in front of his Cincinnati Reds, nothing tangible to pursue.
What is the team to gain by pushing Homer Bailey, Zack Cozart and Billy Hamilton back on the field?
Price believes it is a matter of integrity and character.
“We can all make the debate about the advantages or disadvantages of bringing players back (from injuries) or shutting them down [More]
- 10:37 am Saturday, September 17th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Unless somebody purchases Wrigley Field for $24 before the end of the season, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Dan Straily has to be The Baseball Bargain of the Year, right?
When Straily takes the mound Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates he will lug a 12-and-8 record with him. And the cost to the Reds? Just $512,500.
The only reason Straily is with the team is because the Reds were desperate just before the season began. Starting pitchers were falling like soliders at Gettysburg and the Reds needed a plug until the rotation got healthy.
Just three days before the season opened the Oakland [More]
- 5:04 pm Friday, September 16th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Scott Schebler believed in himself, his faith never wavered, even when the first impressions he left with the Cincinnati Reds were pretty ugly. His mission: “Make the Reds believe in me.”
Schebler, a 25-year-old outfielder from corn country, Cedar Rapids, Ia., came to the Reds last December from the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with Jose Peraza, as part of the Todd Frazier deal.
That’s immediate pressure. Frazier was one of the most popular players wearing a Reds uniform and Schebler wondered not only how he would be accepted by the fans, but how he would be greeted in the clubhouse.
- 2:30 pm Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
Remember Daniel Powter’s song, ‘You Had a Bad Day?’ My wife, Nadine, certainly does. She had it as the ring tone on her cell phone.
And on the day of our granddaughter Staci’s wedding, she and her husband-to-be, Michael Taylor, were walking down the aisle. When they were abreast of our chairs, Nadine’s phone rang and the plaintive tones of ‘You Had a Bad Day’ serenaded the room.
Staci and Michael survived that and have given me two wonderful great grandkids.
But I had a bad day this week, too. There is no doubt many, many people had worse days than I had, [More]
- 5:03 pm Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Homer Bailey, hoping to perform again on the pitcher’s mound this season, performed in the bullpen Tuesday afternoon.
There are those who wonder, “What’s the point? What is there to gain? Shouldn’t the team just shut him down and let him heal and recover over the winter and be ready for spring training?”
Manager Bryan Price said that consideration is on the table, but it depends upon how Bailey feels Wednesday after his Tuesday bullpen session.
“There has been some thought about it (shutting him down) if the biceps soreness and stiffness continues,” said Price. “It is something that is not [More]
- 4:59 pm Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Abel De Los Santos was surprised and saddened in mid-July when the Washington Nationals placed him on waivers, a place where any team that wanted him could claim him and take him out of limbo.
And fortunately for the 23-year-old right handed relief pitcher, the Cincinnati Reds wanted him. With the state of the Reds bullpen this season any breathing, moving, warm-bodied pitcher is worth a look.
So on July 19 the Reds claimed him and dispatched him to Class AA Pensacola and he put up decent numbers, numbers good enough so that he earned a trip to Cincinnati to [More]
- 10:57 pm Thursday, September 8th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
If anybody believes that Billy Hamilton is not ultra-important while patrolling center field for the Cincinnati Reds, well, here’s hoping you watched Thursday night’s game.
If you didn’t, here is what happened. Hamilton is absent from the lineup with one of those nasty oblique injuries and isn’t with the team in Pittsburgh.
JOSE PERAZA, A SPEEDY guy (but not as fast as Hamilton) was in center field Thursday against the Pirates. He is an infielder by trade, but the Reds play him here, there and everywhere to get his bat in the lineup. And he is an above-average defender wherever he plays, [More]
- 11:31 am Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — An elderly couple was enjoying dinner in the bar area of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse near Great American Ball Park Monday night, talking baseball and sports with server Julie Cook.
They were trying to come up with the name of the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder who finished second to Todd Frazier in last year’s Home Run Derby. They couldn’t come up with it.
A young man seated nearby piped up with, “Joc Pederson.” That was the name. The couple and the young man struck up a conversation for a long time.
The couple paid for their meals and left. After they’d gone, [More]
- 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Hernan Iribarren sat at his locker in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse Tuesday afternoon staring at a plaque and he was close to tears.
The plaque was emblematic of him winning the International League batting title with a .327 average, the first member of the Class AAA Louisville Bats to win a batting championship since they became affiliated with the Reds 17 years ago.
As a reward, Iribarren was a September call-up. And it is strictly a reward. Iribarren is 32 years old and his prospect days are deeply into his past.
IT IS HIS PAST THAT HAUNTS him, which makes Iribarren [More]
- 12:09 pm Monday, September 5th, 2016 by Hal McCoy
CINCINNATI — Zack Cozart pulled a red and blue baseball cap with a block ‘M’ on it off his shelf and plopped it on his head for a TV interview.
“Ole Miss,” he said. “We have a lot of Florida State guys in here but they aren’t talking much smack to me. They know better. They know who is going to win.”
Cozart said Tyler Holt walked up to him to give him some grief and Cozart said with a smile, “I didn’t know Holt went to Florida State until he said something. I asked some Florida State people about him and [More]