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

Astros are as proud as a ‘Peacock’

12:16 am Oct. 28, 2017

Yu Darvis made a request he probably now wishes he hadn’t made. And Los Angeles Dodger manager Dave Roberts probably wishes he hadn’t granted Darvish his request.

Under normal circumstances, Darvish would have pitched Game Two of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros in Dodger Stadium.

Darvish, though, has had monumental success pitching against the Astros in their home, Minute Maid Park. In fact, early in 2013, which pitching for

Is Kershaw the Superman of pitchers?

11:20 pm Oct. 24, 2017

Because Superman is not on any major league roster, Clayton Kershaw probably is the best baseball pitcher on the planet. There is no Kyptonite to stop this guy.

The Houston Astros discovered Kershaw’s invincibility Tuesday night in Game One of the World Series when the herky-jerky left hander was practically perfect in a 3-1 Los Angeles Dodgers victory in Game One.

Kershaw held the Astros to one home run, three hits and

So how did the Houston Astros do it?

4:02 pm Oct. 23, 2017

Cincinnati Reds fans continue to be rambunctious about their team not playing in a World Series since 1990. And the team showed little life support in recent seasons with three straight last place finishes.

Well, the Reds have plenty of kemosabes, including the two combatants in this year’s World Series.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, despite spending enough money to build the Navy a new aircraft carrier, have not been in a World

Why is it always Dusty Baker’s fault?

12:03 pm Oct. 22, 2017

Do major league front offices realize that only one team can win the World Series every season — one team out of 30?

No, they don’t. They seem to think their team should win it and

Baseball close to ‘Scrooge McDuck’ World Series

12:47 am Oct. 19, 2017

Baseball is just a pair of losses away from a Scrooge McDuck World Series that would involve the game’s two richest franchises — the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Money talks. Real loud.

After losing the first two games in Houston, the Yankees completed a three-game sweep in New York with a 5-0 victory Wednesday afternoon over the Astros, headlined by the pitching of Masahiro Tanaka.

Just as they did

Dodgers dominate, Cubs on the brink

1:00 am Oct. 18, 2017

When the Chicago Cubs win a game at home in Wrigley Field, fans leave the park singing a catchy tune called, “Go Cubs Go.”

They weren’t singing that song Tuesday night. Maybe they should have been singing one of the two tunes sung by huge Cubs fan Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam — “Long Nights” and/or “End of the Road.”

The Cubs, trying to defend last year’s World Series championship, lost Tuesday

Toddfather, CC, the Judge put Astros to sleep

11:35 pm Oct. 16, 2017

Those who watched Todd Frazier collect his paychecks from the Cincinnati Reds know that when The Toddfather hit a home run it wasn’t with a classic, baseball card swing like Ken Griffey Jr.

So many time when Frazier hit one out of the park it came with a lunging, one-handed swing with his body bent in half and his posterior protruding toward the third base dugout.

That’s the way it was Monday

Using Lackey lacks sense, Cubs lose

11:48 pm Oct. 15, 2017

Managers continue to change tactics and modus operandi for the postseason from what they did during the regular season that was successful for them.

And it continues to explode in their faces.

They keep using starting pitchers in relief roles and time and time again it failes.

And it certainly failed Sunday night for Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon in Game Two of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.


‘Little Big Man’ Altuve, Keuchel muzzle Yankees

1:33 am Oct. 14, 2017

The Littlest Man in Minute Maid Park, the littlest man in major league baseball, was the biggest man in Houston Friday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

The Houston Astros list second baseman Jose Altuve as 5-foot-6, but they must have measured him while he was standing on a dozen copies of The Official Rules of Baseball.

Altuve had three hits, stole a base and made a sterling