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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

RIP to our friend, Bob Tufts

In 2009, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He underwent pill-based and liquid chemotherapy and reached a recovery point at which he could undergo and autologous stem cell transplant. As of May 2010, he was in almost complete remission.[citation needed]

Tufts was a patient advocate and founder of My Life Is Worth It. He was an active speaker and frequently tweeted about issues regarding the need to involve patients more in the healthcare process.[citation needed]

Tufts died on October 4, 2019, from an infection brought on by complications from a stem cell transplant on August 23.[9][10] He was 63.

I was surprised to run across his “In Memoriam” on bb-ref and I hadn’t seen any mention on BBTF, so forgive me if I’m doubling up.


Thursday, October 03, 2019

Reds payroll growing for 2020 | Cincinnati Reds

Spend wisely.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Reds-Cards rained out, will play back-to-back doubleheaders

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds are going to get plenty of work over the next two days.

The Reds and NL Central-leading Cardinals were rained out Friday night, setting up back-to-back doubleheaders this weekend. The teams will play day-night doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday.

A rainout in St. Louis in early June forced a makeup as part of Saturday’s twinbill.

The Cardinals lead the Chicago Cubs by one game in the division.

For those of us who’ve been missing the doubleheader….

QLE Posted: August 31, 2019 at 04:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, doubleheaders, reds

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Who’s Going to Win the Chaotic NL Wild-Card Race?

The National League wild-card race is a big stupid mess. With Sunday’s games in the books, six teams are within five games of the second spot, with Washington and St. Louis hanging onto postseason positions for dear life. How long they can dig their fingernails into the cliff for the next six-plus weeks depends on whether the group behind them can put together a run. The Mets are the latest of those clubs to get red-hot, but even that blazing stretch has only put them in the thick of the race instead of at the top of the heap.

Is there a favorite, though, in that stew of squads? To find out, let’s dive into each of the eight teams still vying for the two wild-card spots and decide which pair are the better bets to play on into October. The playoff odds below originate from FanGraphs’ projection.

Son, at the rate it’s going, there will be no winners of the NL Wild Card race- only survivors.

 

QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, giants, mets, nationals, phillies, reds

Monday, August 12, 2019

Reds release David Hernández

Right-handed reliever David Hernández has been released by the Reds, the team confirmed Sunday. Hernández was designated for assignment on Friday and cleared waivers shortly thereafter.

For they don’t love him anymore….

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david hernandez, reds, releases

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Astros, Reds rookie sluggers rewrite baseball history with three-homer games

The rookies are taking over Major League Baseball.

We’ve heard all the buzz surrounding Pete Alonso, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr., just to name a few.

On Saturday, it was Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros and Aristides Aquino of the Cincinnati Reds who rewrote the history books by becoming the first pair of rookie sluggers to each hit three home runs on the same day.

And that tidbit was just the tip of the iceberg.

So, are the rookies actually taking over, and, if so, why?

QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 04:46 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aristides aquino, astros, home runs, reds, rookies, yordan alvarez

Friday, August 02, 2019

MLB issues 8 suspensions after Cincinnati Reds-Pittsburgh Pirates brawl; David Bell out 6 games

ATLANTA – Two days after a benches-clearing brawl between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Major League Baseball announced suspensions for six players and both managers on Thursday afternoon that totaled 40 games.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett received an eight-game suspension, manager David Bell was given a six-game suspension, pitcher Jared Hughes was suspended for three games and former Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig received a three-game suspension.

For the Pirates, reliever Keone Kela was given a 10-game suspension, infielder José Osuna received a five-game suspension, Kyle Crick got three games and manager Clint Hurdle was suspended for two games.

All six players elected to appeal their suspensions and are eligible to play until their appeals are resolved. Suspended players count against the 25-man roster.

We assume that the Indians were expecting this when they traded for Puig, but, given how their management has behaved this year to date….

 

QLE Posted: August 02, 2019 at 01:16 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brawl, pirates, reds, suspensions

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Giants acquire Scooter Gennett from Reds

The Giants acquired second baseman Scooter Gennett from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations, per Jon Heyman.

Gennett, 29, has played in only 20 games this season due to a severe groin strain. He came off of the disabled list in late June but has only mustered a .489 OPS in 69 plate appearances.

On the plus side, it enables the Giants to stockpile more nicknames, in a sport running alarmingly low on them….

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, reds, scooter gennett, trades

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bauer headed to Reds in 3-team deal

CIN: Trevor Bauer
SD: Taylor Trammell
CLE: Franmil Reyes, Yasiel Puig, Logan Allen, Scott Moss, Victor Nova

Me: WTF?


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Joey Votto’s incredible journey to the Reds | MLB.com

Votto and the Reds, a love story.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Friday, May 31, 2019

Inside the Reds’ historic pitching turnaround

In October, David Bell was hired as the team’s new manager. His first coaching hire was to convince Derek Johnson to jump from the Brewers, where he’d spent the previous three seasons garnering positive reviews for his work as Milwaukee’s pitching coach. They later added Caleb Cotham, who had pitched in 23 games for the ‘16 Reds, as assistant pitching coach with a focus on analytics. Cotham had been teammates with a few current Reds, and he’s been tasked with bringing the Reds up to date on the technical revolution overtaking the game.

“Feel, a lot of times, just isn’t real,” Cotham told MLB.com in January. “A lot of guys think they’re throwing a 12-6 curveball, but then you look at it and it’s closer to a slider. Without high-speed cameras or really chewing into the Trackman, you could be practicing and working on your curveball for months, and it could have been addressed maybe in one session. It’s dealing more in the reality and what are some absolutes.”

It’s only been a few months, but the way Cincinnati pitchers talk about it, the impact has been immense.

“The stuff they are coming at us with is the best I’ve ever seen in my Major League career,” reliever Jared Hughes told the Cincinnati Enquirer earlier this month. “It’s cutting edge and it’s helping us a ton.”

“I feel like it is light years ahead of where we were last year,” David Hernandez echoed.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 06:05 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

MLB roundup: Reds’ Dietrich hits three homers

Derek Dietrich had a career-high three home runs and drove in six to lead the Cincinnati Reds to an 11-6 win against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Dietrich blasted two-run homers in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.

The run support was more than enough for Cincinnati starter Lucas Sims in his season debut. Sims, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the day, was working on a shutout before giving up a grand slam to Kevin Newman in the eighth.

Sims went 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing of the season by a Cincinnati starter, allowing four runs and six hits, striking out nine and walking one.

Tucker Barnhart drove in three runs, Jose Iglesias had two hits and scored twice, and Jose Peraza homered for the Reds. Elias Diaz had two hits for the Pirates, including a two-run double in the ninth inning, and Starling Marte also had two hits.

 

 

QLE Posted: May 29, 2019 at 05:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: derek dietrich, lucas sims, reds

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Raisel Iglesias: ‘The way [the Reds] are using me is horribly wrong’

Reds closer Raisel Iglesias has had a frustrating year. After serving up a tie-breaking two-run home run to Brandon Crawford in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Giants, Iglesias owns a 4.86 ERA with two blown saves and five losses.

While Iglesias admits he hasn’t pitched well, he also blames the way the Reds have been using him as a contributing factor for his struggles. Per Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Iglesias said, “You can see the other closers, they don’t pitch in tie games. I’m the only one who comes in tie games and I’ve given up homers and I’m losing some games. I feel really bad.”

Iglesias added, “The way they are using me is horribly wrong.” He elaborated, saying, “The closer comes in to finish the ballgames. I’ve been coming into tie games on the road. I get it. There are situations that the team needs me.”

So, how is it that relief pitchers have arms with the strength of Waterford crystal and the mental toughness of Don Knotts’ characters on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show, and yet still roll in cash?

 

QLE Posted: May 07, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: raisel iglesias, reds, relief pitching

Bees Invade Giants-Reds Game

When it comes to bees, they get what they want. Today, they wanted to be at the Cincinnati Reds’ stadium as the team was getting ready to play against the Giants

The bees swarmed the field just as the Reds were taking the field for the scheduled 12:35 start. The umpires ordered the players off the field, and everyone just sort of stood around and watched the bees for a little bit.

NO! NOT THE BEES!!!

 

QLE Posted: May 07, 2019 at 03:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bees, giants, reds

Monday, May 06, 2019

Reds become first team in 12 years to homer on three straight pitches

After hitting eight combined homers in their first two games against the San Francisco Giants, the Cincinnati Reds did not need much to time Sunday to make it nine homers for the series.

It took them even less time to make it No. 10 and No. 11.

Eugenio Suárez, Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich all hit back-to-back-to-back homers for the Reds in the first inning on Sunday, pouncing on Giants starter Jeff Samardzija for an early 4-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Reds, they turned back into the Reds after the first inning….


Sunday, May 05, 2019

Reds release Matt Kemp

CINCINNATI—The Reds’ crowded outfield came into clearer focus Saturday when Matt Kemp was released and Scott Schebler, who has been struggling at the plate, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Kemp, who was acquired from the Dodgers in December along with outfielder Yasiel Puig, utilityman Kyle Farmer, left-hander Alex Wood and cash, missed the past 11 games with a broken rib he suffered on April 21 when he ran into an outfield wall at San Diego.

The 34-year-old’s role with the Dodgers was reduced in the latter stages of the 2018 season, and it was unclear following the trade where Kemp would fit in Cincinnati. Kemp played 20 games with the Reds and hit .200 with one home run and five RBIs over 60 at-bats.

There was talk of the Reds trading Kemp during the offseason, but no deal transpired. Kemp’s salary with the Dodgers was $21.5 million, with the Reds responsible for $14.5 million. The Reds also received $7 million from the Dodgers as part of the December deal.

The arrival of top prospect Nick Senzel, who debuted on Friday, and the production of the versatile Derek Dietrich off the bench forced the Reds’ hand.

“We just didn’t see a great fit for Matt here,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He’s obviously had a great career and has been a great player. Just how our outfield is shaping up and the roster construction, we didn’t see a great fit for Matt and that’s how the decision was made.”

Bell said the starting center-field job now belongs to Senzel, 23, who collected his first career hit on Friday and also showed signs of promise defensively.

“We’re going to treat Nick like we treat all our players, keep him healthy, keep him strong, get him in there most days,” Bell said. “There will be days when we’ll rest him, but he’s our starting center fielder. He’s an everyday player on this team. He’s new to the position. It’s not going to be perfect. We are very confident in the makeup he brings. We’re confident in the direction we’re going with him and the rest of the outfield.”

akrasian Posted: May 05, 2019 at 07:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds

Cincinnati Reds release Matt Kemp, demote Scott Schebler and call up Cody Reed

Reds manager David Bell didn’t call it a shakeup. But releasing Matt Kemp and demoting Scott Schebler on the same day are two pretty big moves, especially after a 12-11 loss in which the Reds blew 8-0 and 10-3 leads.

“With Matt, it was about we had made the decision,”  Bell said.  “And we didn’t want to delay that decision. The way the roster constructed, the outfield, he wasn’t going to be a part of that mix.

“It really wasn’t anything to shake anything up. We’re not satisfied by any means with where we are – not even close. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve every day. But, at the same time, we’re not at a point where we’d do anything to shake it up. I think there are a lot of good things happening. Last night was disappointing. But if you look at the overall in the last couple of weeks, a lot of good things have happened. I don’t want to say we played well because our expectations are high.”

This wasn’t what they had in mind when they traded for him, is it?

QLE Posted: May 05, 2019 at 03:37 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: david bell, matt kemp, reds, releases

Saturday, May 04, 2019

MLB roundup: Giants dig out of 8-0 hole to beat Reds

Evan Longoria belted a homer to lead off the 11th inning, and the visiting San Francisco Giants overcame an eight-run deficit to post a 12-11 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

After striking out a pair of batters in a scoreless 10th inning, Jared Hughes (2-1) saw his 0-1 slider to Longoria deposited just inside the left field foul pole to begin the 11th.

The blast capped San Francisco’s comeback from an 8-0 deficit, highlighted by Stephen Vogt’s game-tying homer off closer Raisel Iglesias with two outs in the ninth inning.

Joe Panik launched a two-run homer, and Steven Duggar and Brandon Belt each had a two-run single for the Giants, who overcame a pair of three-run homers by Derek Dietrich to snap a seven-game losing streak in Cincinnati.

The last time the Giants came back from such a deficit? 1989- also against the Reds.

Something to make fans of both teams feel better: The Giants reached the World Series that year, and the Reds won the World Series the year afterwards.

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, giants, reds

Friday, May 03, 2019

Why Jesse Winker has been waving at Met fans after Reds’ victories

Could it be because he’s a preening, posing, lunkheaded jackwagon?  Naaaah….


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Report: Reds to call up top prospect Nick Senzel soon

Jon Heyman is hearing that the Reds are “contemplating” a call-up for top prospect Nick Senzel and that it could happen as soon as Friday. Friday would make sense as that’s when the Reds begin their next home stand.

Mind you, with Heyman one needs to take grains of salt so big they’d keep an entire deer park happy….

 

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nick senzel, prospects, reds

Friday, April 26, 2019

Reds analyst Chris Welsh offers apology over Ozzie Albies comment

Reds television analyst Chris Welsh caused an internet firestorm Wednesday night when he said this about Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies:

“It’s funny, I’ve read a lot about it, and I’ve read opinions on both sides. A lot of people are blaming the agent for letting him sign a deal like that. But Albies came from a very poor background, he’s from Curaçao, and when somebody offers you 35 million dollars – I mean, he may not know the difference between 35 million dollars and 85 million dollars. It’s going to have a tremendous positive effect on his family and himself. Maybe the people in his immediate family or extended family. It changes the lives of so many people.”

Albies signed a seven-year, $35 million contract on April 11. It was widely considered to be team friendly.

Sites like deadspin.com and awfulannouncing.com jumped on the story.

Wait- are any of you Chris Welsh under an assumed name? This sounds like arguments some of us made when the contract was announced.

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, ozzie albies, reds

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

Ryan Ludwick to join Reds

Puzzling strategy. With Ludwick, Chris Heisey, Drew Stubbs, and Jay Bruce, aren’t the Reds outfielders going to wilt in the hot sun due to their skin color?

Ryan Ludwick and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made by the team.

An All-Star in 2008 with St. Louis, the 33-year-old Ludwick was traded from San Diego to Pittsburgh at the July 31 deadline last season. He batted a combined .237 with 13 homers and 75 RBIs.

Ludwick could give the Reds the right-handed bat they’ve been seeking to complement lefty sluggers Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. He figures to see playing time in left field, a spot filled mostly by Chris Heisey down the stretch last season after Cincinnati traded Jonny Gomes to Washington in late July.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, pirates, reds

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