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

Cubs: No Rizzo, no Bryant, no Russell, no problem

5:39 pm Sep. 29, 2017

For the Chicago Cubs on Friday in Wrigley Field there was no Anthony Rizzo, no Kris Bryant, no Addison Russell and no problem against the Cincinnati Reds.

With the Cubs already champions of the National League East, three of their best players took a day off and the Cubs still handled the Reds, 5-4.

But it took a three-run home run in the eighth inning by University of Cincinnati product Ian Happ

Romano pitches one for the ‘posterior’

7:39 pm Sep. 28, 2017

If what happened Thursday afternoon was a joke, Cincinnati Reds rookie pitcher Sal Romano was the butt of it.

But (butt?) it was no joke to the Reds, who lost for the 92nd time this season, a 4-3 decision to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Romano was pretty much holding the Brewers in place in the sixth inning, a 3-3 tie. He struck out Domingo Santana to start the inning and he retired the

Bailey pitches a gem in ’17 finale

11:20 pm Sep. 27, 2017

As Homer Bailey packed his bags and boxes for shipment home to Texas Sunday in Great American Ball Park and packed his gear for the Cincinnati Reds last road trip of the season, he said, “My last start of the year is in Milwaukee and I plan to make it a good one and then get ready for next year.”

The man was true to his words. His plan worked out

Deck McGuire decked in his starting debut

11:34 pm Sep. 26, 2017

Deck McGuire was auditioning for 2018 for the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night in Milwaukee and if he had been on The Gong Show he would have heard a quick bong.

He was making his first major league start after four scoreless bullpen appearances and was obviously full of adrenaline and a sack full of nerves.

He gave up four runs in the first inning and needed 83 pitches to wobble through only

McGuire’s reward: A start Tuesday in Milwaukee

12:50 pm Sep. 24, 2017

CINCINNATI — The long pot-holed baseball highway that has filled Deck McGuire’s life is finally getting paved.

The 28-year-old pitcher spent eight years toiling his trade in the minor leagues, hoping against hope that his time would come.

It is coming. When the Cincinnati Reds take the field Tuesday in Milwaukee McGuire will be the starting pitcher. He is stepping in for Rookie Davis, done for the season with a hip problem.


Deck McGuire: A long, long road to Cincinnati

5:19 pm Sep. 21, 2017

CINCINNATI — Deck McGuire sounds like a swabbie in the Irish Navy and his baseball life has been like the motto, “Join the Navy and see the world.”

For McGuire it has been a baseball odyssey — sign a contract and see America. And the 28-year-old right hander drafted No. 1 by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010 out of Georgia Tech can recite his stops as his own person ramblin’

Hamilton: Gold Glove, stolen base title within his grasp

5:10 pm Sep. 20, 2017

CINCINNATI — Billy Hamilton’s cell phone went off early Wednesday morning and from his pillow-side position he groggily checked a text message.

He quickly jumped out of bed and said, “It’s like Christmas all over again.” The message was that he had been activated by the Cincinnati Reds off the disabled list.

“I was going to sleep in all morning and early afternoon, but I dressed and went to lunch and came

Reds’ motto: Don’t tinker with Winker

4:45 pm Sep. 19, 2017

CINCINNATI — If there has been any criticism, if it can be called that, of Jesse Winker as he progressed through the Cincinnati Reds system, it has been a perceived lack of power, something usually associated with a corner outfielder.

Winker pays no attention to and, in fact, said he has been told, “We’re not going to tinker with Winker.”

“They’ve told me not to worry about it, just to keep concentrating

Cozart, Turner awakened by ‘Fight for California’

12:15 pm Sep. 17, 2017

CINCINNATI — Bryan Price watched the first part of the Cal-Ole Miss football game Saturday night with double interest.

First of all, Cal is his alma mater. Secondly, his Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart played at