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

Think you’re having a bad day? Read this

2:48 pm Jan. 26, 2018

There are days when we all feel sorry for ourselves — we have a migraine headache or the car won’t start or we didn’t get the promotion we felt we deserved.

In my case, there are days when I mope around because of my vision problems and try to remember what it was like when I could see clearly. And I don’t realize how fortunate I have been, what a charmed

Hall of Fame voters got it right

7:59 pm Jan. 24, 2018

As usual, the writers got it mostly right this year in the baseball Hall of Fame balloting.

The Baseball Writers Association of America voters get their ears singed a lot over the voting process and who makes it and who doesn’t, but the process is extremely subjective and each voter is left to his own interpretations of who should get a vote and who shouldn’t.

So far, my record is perfect. Since

Why Aaron Boone will succeed in New York

1:06 am Dec. 2, 2017

The first purchase Aaron Boone should make as new manager of the New York Yankees is a fire-retardant suit.

He is going to need it in The Bronx, where putting out fires in the Yankee Stadium

Barnhart wins Gold Glove, Hamilton doesn’t

11:16 pm Nov. 7, 2017

Amazingly, the last place Cincinnati Reds had four finalists for a Gold Glove this season, more than any other team in the majors.

Of the four — Billy Hamilton, Joey Votto, Adam Duvall and Tucker Barnhart — the least likely to win one, it seemed, would be catcher Tucker Barnhart.

That isn’t because he didn’t deserve it, he certainly did because all the metrics used to measure a catcher’s defensive worth pointed

Astros rule the baseball world for first time

12:13 am Nov. 2, 2017

For the first time in its 56 years, or the first time ever, members of the Houston Astros will be wearing gaudy diamonds on their fingers, a ring emblematic of a World Series championship.

And they earned every carat.

With a 5-1 victory in Game 7 over the Los Angeles Dodges in Game 7 Wednesday night in Dodger Stadium, the Astros captured one of the most competitive and convoluted World Series in

What else? A World Series Game 7 (of course)

11:58 pm Oct. 31, 2017

Strap yourself in because the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodges are going to strap it on for Game 7 of the 2017 World Series Wednesday night in raucous Dodger Stadium.

And that’s the only way this highly entertaining roller coaster World Series should end between two talent-stuffed teams that both won more than 100 games during the regular season.

It is a winner-take-all Game 7 after the Dodgers won a tense

Expect the unexpected in World Series for the ages

2:00 am Oct. 30, 2017

If there is one thing fans can expect in this most enticing and exciting and enigmatic World Series, it is this: Expect the unexpected.

Who would expect the Houston Astros to fall behind 4-0 and 7-4, then blow a three-run lead in the ninth inning and still win Game 5 Sunday night in Minute Maid Park?

But they did it in one of the most incredible World Series games in history, a

Dodgers even Series with pitching, pitching, pitching

11:33 pm Oct. 28, 2017

When it comes to postseason play, what wins most often is pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching and more pitching.

There was no better exhibit of it than Saturday night in Game Four of the World Series as the pitchers on both sides laid waste to the two best offenses in the baseball world, especially the starting pitchers.

It wasn’t until the ninth inning, when the Los Angeles Dodgers exploded for five runs against