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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Reds’ Zack Cozart meets donkey before game | MLB.com

When Cozart met Amos, it was love at first sight.

“I’m way more excited after seeing ol’ Amos over there,” Cozart said. “He’ll live to be 25-30 years old. This is a lifetime companion here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds, zack cozart

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

For Adam Duvall, proving doubters wrong is old hat

Adam Duvall is running out of things to prove. He may not be an All-Star like he was a year ago, but the Cincinnati Reds left fielder is enjoying an even better season statistically.

Through 83 games, he’s hit .279, with a .324 on-base percentage and an .880 OPS. He has 19 home runs, and is on pace to be worth between 3.5 and 3.7 WAR, depending on the version of the stat. There are some questions as to whether his average is inflated by good batted ball luck, but it’s clear that the 28-year-old is a valuable major-league player.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 07:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam duvall, reds

Monday, July 03, 2017

NL All-Star Zack Cozart expects Cincinnati Reds teammate Joey Votto to deliver on donkey pledge

Cozart said on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight that when Votto made the donkey pledge to him, “it started off as just ha, ha, ha ... but it got real really quick.”

He said that he expects Votto to fulfill his promise and now has to search for some land for the donkey to roam.

“Oh yeah, anybody that knows Joey Votto knows that donkey is going to be here,” he said. “This is happening—a legit, real donkey. No name picked out, but that will be the next order of business, that’s for sure.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds, zack cozart

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bronson Arroyo admits comeback could be over | MLB.com

“I think my arm is probably going to be checkmate,” Arroyo said. “I’ve got some tears in my shoulder that we’ve been masking with cortisone for a while. It held up for the first three months. I got another shot, the second has disappeared after like three weeks.”
...
“The elbow—Tommy John [surgery] is like a chain out on a bicycle. It doesn’t matter how bad the chain is, if the rest of the bike is OK, you change out the chain and you continue to move forward,” Arroyo said. “But a shoulder is more like your favorite shirt you’ve been wearing for the last 15 years and it’s been washed too many times. So it gets brittle, right?

“Right now, it’s not going to work anymore. I don’t know if we have any more options. We’ll see.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bronson arroyo, reds

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Prep phenom Hunter Greene could be generational player

Who is calling him a generational talent? His agent?

No player in this year’s draft arrives with as much hype as the 17-year-old Greene. He’s a lanky 6-foot-4 and 197 pounds, but is considered by some to be a generational talent. He carries a first-round grade as a shortstop, but many predict his future will be on the mound after the right-hander fired fastballs up to 102 mph this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2017 at 03:34 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, hunter greene, reds

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Statcast: Gennett’s four homers | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: four homer games, reds, scooter gennett, statcast

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Reds’ Scooter Gennett 17th MLB player with four home runs in one game

Reds left fielder Scooter Gennett hit four homers—including a grand slam—and drove in a career-high 10 runs in a 13-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Gennett had an RBI single and his second career grand slam off Adam Wainwright, who hadn’t allowed one since 2013. He followed with a two-run shot and a solo homer off John Gant, and another two-run shot off John Brebbia that put Cincinnati ahead 13-1.

He became the 17th major leaguer with four home runs in a game and the first since Josh Hamilton in 2012.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:33 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, scooter gennett

Teammates knew Zack Cozart was an All-Star, now voters are catching on

But Cozart has been the National League’s best shortstop this season. His 3.1 FanGraphs WAR is by far the best in the league, with Seager’s 1.8 second. Entering Monday’s game, he led all qualified National League shortstops in batting average (.344), on-base percentage (.432), slugging percentage (.622), home runs (9) and RBI (33). He’s also FanGraphs’ highest-rated defensive shortstop.

“It’s important, because obviously when somebody deserves something, it’s nice that they get the recognition,” said Reds left fielder Adam Duvall, an All-Star last season, who is currently 13th in National League outfielder voting. “I think it’s important for baseball in general for someone who is doing as well as he’s doing to get that recognition that he deserves.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all star, reds, zack cozart

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Reds’ Scott Schebler injures left shoulder | MLB.com

When will the Reds install softer grass?

Not only did the Reds have to absorb dropping a very winnable game in extra innings on Saturday, they had to play half of it minus two-thirds of their starting outfield. Both Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler were forced out with left shoulder injuries in the sixth inning.

Diving plays were at the root of both players’ injuries during the 6-5 loss to the Braves in 12 innings. Hamilton was lifted before the top of the sixth in the wake of two unsuccessful diving catches. Schebler came out following a diving catch that robbed Nick Markakis of extra bases. Both players were diagnosed with left shoulder strains.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, reds, scott schebler

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Don’t rush to judgment on trades, just look at the Reds | FOX Sports

Really?

Jocketty, who became an executive advisor with the Reds in December with Dick Williams taking over as GM, said that in 22 years as a lead executive he learned the value of patience and persistence. He credits a variety of scouts and assistants when discussing his trades — Marty Maier and Mike Squires liked Suarez, J Harrison was high on Duvall, Jeff Schugel pushed Schebler and Bruce Manno — the Braves’ former assistant GM — recommended Peraza.

The Chapman deal still could yield a benefit, if righty Rookie Davis develops into a back-end starter. So could the Jay Bruce trade, but to this point second baseman Dilson Herrera isn’t hitting at Triple A.

The lesson applies every July: Don’t judge trades so quickly. Things change over time.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2017 at 09:36 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trades

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Mock Draft: Twins grab McKay, Greene to Reds

1. Twins
Callis: Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville. While Minnesota is considering as many as seven candidates, most teams at the top of the Draft believe McKay will be the pick. Whether it’s as a first baseman or a left-handed starter remains to be seen.
Mayo: McKay. It’s still unclear whether he’ll be drafted as a hitter or a pitcher, regardless of what team takes McKay, but it does seem almost certain he’ll go in the top few picks.
2. Reds
Callis: Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). He may not become the first high school right-hander ever taken No. 1 overall, but Greene won’t get past the first three selections.
Mayo: Greene. He’s still very much in the mix at No. 1 and likely still very much desired by the Padres at No. 3, though it’s hard to see Cincinnati passing up the opportunity to add Greene’s arm and athleticism.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, draft, hunter greene, jim callis, mock draft, reds, twins

Monday, April 17, 2017

Amir Garrett Won’t Ever Be Great?—?but He Still Might Be Pretty Good

When the Reds drafted Garrett in the 22nd round in 2011 and handed him a $1 million bonus, it was with the understanding that he’d be allowed to play basketball in college, which he did for two years before he committed to baseball full time in 2014. It’s cool enough when someone plays two sports at a high level, but basketball also has a lot to do with what makes Garrett an interesting baseball player.

For starters, Garrett’s basketball career has done some interesting things to his developmental curve. Garrett, who turns 25 next month, was a consensus top-100 prospect this past offseason (Baseball Prospectus was the highest on him, placing him at no. 32), which is unusual for a pitcher his age who was drafted out of high school and had no real injury history to speak of, but had yet to make his big league debut; normally a pitcher that talented would’ve been in the big leagues for years if he hadn’t run into any developmental issues. But Garrett also didn’t play baseball full time until his age-22 season, which means he’s still making refinements to his delivery and secondary offerings that he’d have taken care of years ago if he hadn’t been playing basketball half the year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 10:59 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amir garrett, reds

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Don’t Change The Channel With These Hitters At Bat

The bosses gave me an impossible assignment: Write up the definitive list of players whose at-bats you can’t afford to miss…

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Key attribute: Can’t outsmart him

Stat to know: Led majors with .332 average against off-speed pitches (curves/sliders/changeups/splitters) in 2016

Cabrera has hit .300 11 times in his career and has won four batting titles. He has nine seasons hitting at least .320; since World War II, only Wade Boggs and Stan Musial (10 apiece) have more. That makes him one of the best hitters for average in the past 70 years—oh, and he’s hit 446 home runs, won two home run titles and is capable of blasts such as this one:


Monday, April 10, 2017

The Forgotten Rivalry: The Reds and Dodgers Battle for Supremacy of the 70s

“As far as talent goes, I’ll take Reds-Dodgers in the ‘70s over any version of Yankees-Red Sox, Cubs-Cardinals, or Dodgers-Giants.”

—————-

It was only one game, but it was a game that showed the world what it was like to have three of the greatest everyday players of all time, all in their primes, in one lineup, at the same time. Comb through baseball history and try to find a team that ever had three such players - you won’t. Secretariat may have moved “like a tremendous machine,” as the track announcer at the Belmont Stakes would famously call three weeks later. But he could have just as easily been describing The Big Red Machine.

—————-

But even against the backdrop of the era, the Dodgers’ starting pitching was pretty extraordinary. Around the league, 200-plus inning workloads were typically limited to the front line pitchers. Most teams had two or three such starters, and divided the workload at the back end of the rotation among several others. But four of the Dodgers’ five 1973 starters – Don Sutton, Andy Messersmith, Claude Osteen, and Tommy John - topped the 200 inning mark. The only one who didn’t, Downing, finished with 193.

gehrig97 Posted: April 10, 2017 at 02:37 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: bench, big red machine, dodgers, garvey, morgan, reds, rose, sutton

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Suspended Reds prospect posted videos of apparent drug use on Snapchat

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ian Kahaloa was suspended for 50 games by the league Tuesday after he failed his second test for a drug of abuse. At some point after he submitted that sample, but before his suspension was announced, the 19-year-old appears to have posted videos of his drug use on Snapchat.

Those videos were discovered by Twitter user @Reds_1fan. There are four clips posted in total, two of which appear to feature drugs, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

One of those videos shows someone using a rolled up dollar bill to snort what appears to be cocaine. The camera then quickly pans up to show what looks to be Kahaloa drinking out of a large bottle of Coca-Cola while in a Reds shirt. The Snapchat posting was captioned “Party time lets go”.

A second video shows a bong and what appears to be a large amount of marijuana, before transitioning to a photo of what appears to be two lines of cocaine. Two other videos, both captioned “Wake and bake,” also show a bong and marijuana. The second of those then transitions to a video of Kahaloa using a Snapchat filter to look like a deer.
You can view those videos below. Be warned that the content in them is sensitive and may depict drug use. They may be considered not safe for work.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2017 at 05:16 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, reds

Monday, April 03, 2017

Will Votto grow old before Reds grow up?

Yes. Next obvious question.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

We know why you wear a baseball cap

Hats off to you!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, hats, history, reds

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scooter Gennett waived by Brewers, picked up by Reds

Gennett was put on waivers by the Brewers despite having a minor-league option available. His contract for the 2017 season was $2.525 million, which will be picked up by the Reds. The transaction opens up a spot on the Brewers’ 40-man major-league roster.

Gennett, a Cincinnati native, was drafted in the 16th round by the Brewers in 2009 and played four seasons in the majors with the ballclub. In 2016, he batted .263 (.317 OBP) with 14 homers and 56 RBI in 137 games.

Brewers general manager David Stearns said the team tried to trade Gennett but nothing materialized.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2017 at 01:55 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, reds, scooter gennett

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bronson Arroyo: “I’m literally about to pull off the impossible”

Bronson Arroyo feels normal, and that’s pretty abnormal.

It’s been nearly three years since the 40-year-old has thrown a pitch in the major leagues. He’s spent most of that time fighting to come back from shoulder and elbow surgeries, unable to get his aging body to rebound.

But now he feels healthy, with nothing remarkable to report about his preparation for the regular season. Now, he’s on the verge of pitching in a major-league rotation – or in the majors at all – for the first time since 2014.

“I’m literally about to pull off the impossible,” Arroyo said. “That’s the way I see it.”

The Cincinnati Reds signed Arroyo to a minor-league deal just as spring training began, taking the low-risk bet that he was finally healthy. After an injury to Anthony DeSclafani left the rotation short of experience, they’ll be relying on him more than they could have expected.

No one with the Reds has said for certain that Arroyo will join the rotation, not wanting to count on his health before it’s absolutely proven. T

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2017 at 05:54 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bronson arroyo, reds

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Braves close to trade for Brandon Phillips | MLB.com

Biggest hurdle is probably Phillips no trade clause. Of course, if they tell him he’ll be a bench player if he stays might incentivize him to accept the deal.

Brandon Phillips could soon be headed to Atlanta. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday evening that the Braves are nearing a trade to acquire the second baseman from the Reds. Neither club has confirmed the report.

It’s not yet clear what Cincinnati may receive in return, but the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Phillips would be the only player the Reds would give up in a potential trade. The report cautioned that while an agreement is close, there are still hurdles to clear before it’s completed.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, braves, reds, trade rumors

Monday, January 30, 2017

Opportunity available for young Reds pitchers in spring training

Is that all?

When pitchers and catchers report to camp in Goodyear, Arizona, on Feb. 13, there are many more candidates than open spots in the team’s rotation. Barring injuries, Anthony DeSclafani, Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan have spots locked up. Free-agent signing Scott Feldman is a clear leader for the fourth spot, Bryan Price said, leaving perhaps just one more spot for the team’s bevy of young starting pitching talent. Among those battling for the rotation will be Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed, Amir Garrett, Sal Romano, Rookie Davis, Jackson Stephens, Tyler Mahle, Nick Travieso and Keury Mella. There’s also 29-year-old Tim Adleman, who made 13 starts for the Reds a year ago.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Reds agree to deal with Scott Feldman

The Reds have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Scott Feldman, multiple sources confirmed to The Enquirer.

The team announced the signing on Thursday morning.

Feldman, who turns 34 next month, was 7-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 40 appearances - including five starts - between the Astros and Blue Jays in 2016.

The deal, originally reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, is worth $2.3 million with another $2.2 million in incentives.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 26, 2017 at 11:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, scott feldman

Friday, January 20, 2012

Thom Brennaman says he’ll broadcast ‘multiple’ games with his HOF dad on the radio this season

RETURN OF THE BRENNAMANSTER! (flee good people…flee!)

Bren

All the Reds trades to bolster the roster sure are nice, but here’s another reason for Reds fans to smile about the upcoming season:

Thom Brennaman promises that he’ll do some games on radio this year with his father, Marty Brennaman. They didn’t do any last year.

“Yes! Write it down in your notebook! We will do multiple games,” said Thom during a “Reds Hot Stove League” commercial break with his father Tuesday at the Holy Grail downtown.

The more he talked, the more he promised.

“I’m hoping we’ll get a chance to do three or four series together on radio,” Thom said.

Repoz Posted: January 20, 2012 at 09:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, reds

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kevin Goldstein: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects

System In 20 Words Or Less: Considering the trades made for a 2012 run at the National Leaugue Central, there is still some strength in the system.

Five-Star Prospects
1. Billy Hamilton, SS
2. Devin Mesoraco, C
Three-Star Prospects
3. Zack Cozart, SS
4. Robert Stephenson, RHP
5. Daniel Corcino, RHP
6. J.C. Sulbaran, RHP
7. Didi Gregorius, SS
8. Todd Frazier, UT
9. Neftali Soto, 1B
10. Henry Rodriguez, 2B
Two-Star Prospects
11. Yorman Rodriguez, OF

Nine More:
12. Kyle Lotzkar, RHP: Can’t stay healthy, but continues to tease with some of the best stuff in the system.
13. Kyle Waldrop, OF: Athletic outfielder impressed Pioneer League scouts in 2011, has excellent chance to move up.
14. Donnie Joseph, LHP: Lefty reliever has bat-missing arsenal; could reach big leagues in 2012 with more strikes.
15. Gabriel Rosa, 3B: 2011 second-round pick is raw, but has the potential for plus power and defense.
16. Tony Cingrani, LHP: 2011 third-rounder has crazy number in pro debut, but projects for many as reliever.
17. Ryan LaMarre, OF: 2010 second-rounder has speed and contact ability, but leaves scouts underwhelmed with overall hitting.
18. Tucker Barnhart, C: Will get to the big leagues on defensive chops alone, but backup bat.
19. Juan Duran, OF: Finally began to untap the power in 2011, but is still uncoordinated after growing to six-foot-seven.
20. Ryan Wright, 2B: Overachiever with more skills than tools, but hard not to like.

Tripon Posted: January 17, 2012 at 06:26 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, reds, scouting

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