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Monday, April 15, 2019

Kershaw to make season debut as Dodgers host Reds

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner was shut down during spring training because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder and didn’t make the Opening-Day start for the Dodgers for the first time since 2010.

“He’s champing at the bit,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Kershaw will likely face two former teammates in Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.

Well, the Reds are as good a team as any for a start of this nature….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, reds

Saturday, April 13, 2019

LEADING OFF: Cards-Reds in Mexico, suspended Archer starts

MEXICAN MATCHUP

Major League Baseball returns to Estadio de Béisbol de Monterrey when the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds begin a two-game series. Adam Wainwright starts for the Cards against Tanner Roark.

The Astros and Angels play a two-game series at the same park in early May.

MLB began holding regular season games in Mexico in 1996, and the 1999 season opened with a matchup in Monterrey between the Padres and Colorado. Last May, the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers played a three-game series at the stadium — Walker Buehler and the Dodgers bullpen combined for a no-hitter.

Ahh, the joys of neutral-site games….

 

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mexico, neutral site games, reds

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Reds Joey Votto gets beaned, chooses fun over fighting against Marlins

Just days after brawling against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds were ready to thrown down once more. Until they weren’t.

Squaring off against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, relief pitcher Wei-Yin Chen nailed Reds first baseman Joey Votto in the back in the sixth inning.

Votto promptly charged the mound, but instead of throwing fists, he threw back the ball to Chen.

One wouldn’t think that the OBP king would object to something getting him on base….

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: beaning, joey votto, reds

Reds break losing streak, Harper cannot stop Nationals

It’s not often a two-win team is one of the highlights of Major League Baseball action but, on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds pulled off an impressive victory using a seven-run sixth inning to top the Miami Marlins, 14-0.

Cincinnati was already up 4-0 before a Jesse Winker single to right field led to a Miami error, which plated two runs. Next came the home runs.

First, Matt Kemp. Then, Eugenio Suárez. Finally, Scott Schebler, who extended the lead to 11-0.

Kyle Farmer added a three-run homer in the seventh. All in all, it was a very good night for the previously struggling Reds.

Pondering what it means when the Reds are able to beat up the Marlins so….

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: losing streak, marlins, reds

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Reds prospect Hunter Greene needs Tommy John surgery

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene will have Tommy John surgery after medical tests found new ligament damage in his right elbow.

Greene was the second overall pick in the 2017 draft. He pitched in the Futures Game in Washington last year, hitting 100 mph with all of his 19 fastballs, one of them gauged at 103 mph.

Something to ponder- if the mound is moved back, is there a chance this will result in softer pitches and less arm wear and tear?

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 03:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter greene, prospects, reds, tommy john surgery

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Nick Senzel Suffers Ankle Injury

In some ways Senzel is Nick Johnson’s little brother.  Both OBP-heavy top prospects with decent power.  Unfortunately the similarity extends outside of the batter’s box, as they both seem to be made of glass.  And not even some shatter-resistant safety glass either.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: March 26, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, j.d. drew, nick johnson, prospects, rasputin, reds

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Reds’ Scooter Gennett injures leg, sent for scan

PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett injured his right leg while fielding a grounder against Milwaukee and was helped off the field.

Gennett ranged to his left for a ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal leading off the second inning Friday. Gennett slid to make the stop and threw to pitcher Robert Stephenson covering first for the out. Gennett went to his knees and was helped off by Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann and manager David Bell.

“I don’t know exactly if it was when he fell or when he made the throw,” Bell said. “He felt something in his groin.

So, will this affect his ability to scoot?

 

QLE Posted: March 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, reds, scooter gennett

Friday, March 22, 2019

MLB season preview: Five over/unders you can count on in 2019

Want an easy way to prove to your friends you’re smarter than everyone else when it comes to baseball? Just look at some MLB over/unders.

By looking at win totals, you can get a quick snapshot of where you differ from the general consensus. Do you find the Tampa Bay Rays’ 84.5 win total insulting? Tell your friends they are going to be much better than anyone expects. Think there’s no way the New York Mets surpass 85.5 wins? You just identified a bust.

Feel extra confident in those predictions? Well, you can wager some hard-earned gummy bears on the outcome.

Somewhere, Sport Sullivan is suspecting that he was born a century too early….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, cubs, overunder, phillies, previews, reds

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Reds mourn Chuck Harmon, team’s first African-American player

CINCINNATI — Chuck Harmon not only blazed a trail as the first African-American Reds player, he did it with dignity and grace and earned the highest admiration in the ranks of pro baseball’s first and oldest franchise.

“The entire Reds family is saddened to lose one of its great ambassadors. The first African American to play for the Reds, Chuck Harmon was much more than a ballplayer. He represents a pivot point in Reds history,” Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said of Harmon’s death this week.

“Chuck’s positive attitude and disposition helped diffuse the adversity he faced, and set the tone for those following in his footsteps. He was beloved by his teammates during his career and remained a treasure to this franchise and its fans throughout his life. He will be missed.”

RIP- his generation of players is now passing from the scene, and they deserve to be remembered as they do so.

 

QLE Posted: March 21, 2019 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chuck harmon, integration, reds, rip

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Tao of Yasiel Puig: The Reds’ New Star Riffs on Bat Flips, Life and His Rocky End With the Dodgers

Some key lines:

Yet the Yasiel Puig Story, as full of fun as it’s been, remains frustratingly incomplete. He’s struggled to match the hype of his thrilling 2013 arrival that launched him into superstardom. He’s clashed repeatedly with managers, coaches and teammates over the years and earned scorn—often unfairly, sometimes deservedly—over his behavior on and off the field. His time in Los Angeles featured six straight division titles and back-to-back trips to the World Series in 2017 and ‘18, yet a championship eluded both him and a team that hasn’t captured one since two years before he was born. “It’s nice, but we haven’t won,” the 28-year-old Puig says in Spanish of his frequent trips to the postseason. “The only thing we’re getting is one more month instead of being on vacation. It’s as if you did nothing.” And for as much as he loves Los Angeles, he’s bitter about parting with his old team.

“It’s their problem,” Puig says of the Dodgers’ decision to move him. “I don’t know what they did with that trade, because they didn’t get anyone who could help them the way I could. But that’s business.”

With that business comes the closing of one chapter and the beginning of the next. But as Puig sheds blue for red and, to paraphrase Bill Belichick, moves on to Cincinnati, can he stay and grow in baseball’s spotlight as he leaves Los Angeles behind?


Kremlinologists among us, do you care to interpret these remarks?

 

QLE Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, dodgers, reds, trades, yasiel puig

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Reds roster moves likely won’t help, but here’s hoping they do

The downside to striving for competitive balance is disengaging a lot of revenue generation from winning. The MLBPA really needs to get its act in order.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Yasiel Puig admits he ‘never worked hard’ in L.A, vows to up effort in contract year with Reds

Shield your eyes, Los Angeles Dodgers fans.

Actually, take a long look. Because this is funny.

Yasiel Puig admitted to ESPN recently what was evident to most who were paying attention to the Dodgers in recent years.

He didn’t work hard in Los Angeles.

Fine by me- but, then again, I’m a Giants fan…..

 

QLE Posted: February 26, 2019 at 05:41 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds, work ethic, yasiel puig

Friday, February 22, 2019

Reds having Michael Lorenzen prepare as a two-way player

For decades, a legitimate “two-way player” — a player who functions as both a pitcher and as a position player — was nothing but a fantasy. The skill sets required for both are too distinct and require too much prep work, it was thought. The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani shattered that illusion in 2018, posting a .925 OPS in 367 plate appearances as a hitter while posting a 3.31 ERA in 51 2/3 innings as a pitcher.

Since then, several more players have been considered in two-way roles. The Rangers signed Matt Davidson earlier this month and could potentially use him as a corner infielder as well as a reliever. Also earlier this month, James Loney signed with the independent Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters, who plan to use him as both a first baseman and as a pitcher.

You can add Michael Lorenzen of the Reds to that list. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that the Reds will have Lorenzen prepare this spring as a two-way player. He could both start and relieve while occasionally playing in the outfield. Lorenzen, in fact, took batting practice with the outfielders on Thursday. Previously, he had taken batting practice as extra work following a workout with fellow pitchers.

It’s going to be interesting to see how long this trend lasts- especially given MLB’s current seemingly-insatiable lust for relievers….

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: michael lorenzen, reds, two-way players

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Scooter Gennett upset with Reds over lack of communication regarding contract extension

And now the world’s slowest dance begins for the next off-season….

QLE Posted: February 20, 2019 at 04:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extension, reds, scooter gennett

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Reds’ Joey Votto tries to rebound from subpar season

GOODYEAR, Ariz.—Joey Votto has spent the offseason trying to make sure he doesn’t have another subpar season.

The Cincinnati Reds star led the National League in on-base percentage last year but hit just 12 homers, his fewest in a full season, and batted .284, his lowest since 2014. He had 67 RBIs.

“It was the first year where I had a poor offensive year,” Votto said. “It is hard to speak on this without sounding arrogant. I’ve always performed at a certain level. Last year was a bit of a shock. I didn’t perform anywhere near to what I’m used to.”

If worst comes to worst, he could always become the Max Bishop or Eddie Yost of his day.

 

QLE Posted: February 19, 2019 at 04:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, joey votto, reds

Monday, February 11, 2019

Season-long tribute planned to pioneering 1869 Red Stockings

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds are fashionably celebrating the 150th anniversary of the professional baseball-pioneering Red Stockings team.

Joey Votto and crew will play games in 15 sets of throwback uniforms, including a navy blue and a red-pants “Palm Beach” version, during a season-long celebration of the city’s baseball heritage highlighted by the undefeated 1869 Cincinnati team that barnstormed coast-to-coast in post-Civil War America. Baseball’s first openly all-salaried club, the Red Stockings popularized eye-catching uniforms with knicker-style pants and bright red socks while elevating the sports with a variety of innovations.

“From a historical point of view and in the evolution of baseball as the national pastime, the 1869 Red Stockings were the cornerstone,” said Greg Rhodes, the Reds team historian and co-author of “The First Boys of Summer.” ″It’s hard to imagine the modern game of baseball without the Red Stockings.”

Nice to see that this anniversary is being celebrated, given its importance to the sport as a whole.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: anniversaries, reds

Thursday, February 07, 2019

WBAL: Frank Robinson, Baseball Lifer And Orioles Legend, Has Died

Sad news on the eve of spring training. RIP.

A right fielder, Robinson played for five teams in his 21-season career and remains the only player to be named the most valuable player in both leagues. A Triple Crown winner, he was a member of two World Series champion Orioles squads. He hit 586 career home runs, 179 of them as an Oriole.

A first-ballot entry into Cooperstown, Robinson was also the first black manager in baseball, becoming player-manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1975 and staying on as manager a year after he hung up his cleats in 1977. Robinson’s No. 20 was the first to be retired by the Orioles, and was also retired by the Indians and the Cincinnati Reds, with whom he debuted. He is one of just two players, the other being Nolan Ryan, to have their number retired by three different clubs.

Robinson was born Aug. 31, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas. After parents Ruth and Frank Sr. separated, a young Robinson followed his mother to Oakland. He played baseball and basketball at McClymonds High School and, after graduation, signed with the Reds organization in 1953 for a $3,500 signing bonus. Only several years removed from Jackie Robinson’s major league debut, Robinson was the target of ugly racist taunts and wasn’t able to eat with or room with his white teammates as he was coming up through the minors.

Robinson came to Baltimore in one of baseball’s most lopsided trades. The Cincinnati Reds traded Robinson before the 1966 season for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson. Reds owner Bill DeWitt defended the trade by calling Robinson “not a young 30.” The following season, Robinson won the Triple Crown. He hit 49 home runs, one of which famously left Memorial Stadium. Until the Orioles left for Camden Yards, a flag labeled “HERE” was flown where the ball landed 541 feet away.

AndrewJ Posted: February 07, 2019 at 02:43 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hall of fame, indians, obituary, orioles, reds

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Cincinnati Reds, unlike a lot of MLB teams, are at least trying this winter - CBSSports.com

Although the Reds are making choices that I wouldn’t, I applaud their effort.

The predominant trend of the last two offseasons has been teams refusing to invest in their own product and showing little demonstrable interest in getting better. The reasons for this are probably manifold and not entirely easy to pin down ...

     
  • Teams have become much more analytically inclined and thus have come to view most aging free agents as bad investments.
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  • The trend of players’ selling out one or more free agent years in exchange for long-term guarantees during the arbitration or pre-arbitration has hurt the depth of free agent classes.
  •    
  • The highly lucrative local and national television contracts mean that teams are less reliant on ticket, concession, and merch sales for their revenues. Thus, they have less incentive to improve the team on the field.
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  • Teams that receive revenue-sharing dollars do so without any firm requirement to invest them back into the team.
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  • Likely in an effort to suppress salaries at the top end, teams are conveniently pretending that crossing the “luxury tax” threshold carries with it a prohibitive penalty (note: it doesn’t)
.

Dayn forgets the most important factor, the MLBPA leadership was asleep at the switch during the last two CBA negotiations. It’s shocking Tony Clark is still in charge.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sonny Gray Reds-Yankees trade | MLB.com

Thirteen weeks after general manager Brian Cashman said that he was “open-minded to a relocation” involving Gray, a match has been found. The Yankees announced on Monday that they have traded Gray to the Reds, along with left-hander Reiver Sanmartin, for second-base prospect Shed Long and a competitive balance pick in the 2019 Draft.

The Yankees then sent Long to the Mariners for Minor League outfielder Josh Stowers, sources told MLB.com’s Greg Johns, following up reports by ESPN’s Jeff Passan and MLB Network insider Rosenthal. Neither team has yet to confirm that trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2019 at 05:18 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, reds, sonny gray, trade, yankees

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Cleveland Indians have talked to Padres, Reds about 3-team trade involving Corey Kluber | cleveland.com

Senzel to the Padres, Padres OF to Cleveland, and Kluber to the Reds. I can see the Reds also putting in an outfielder to get this to work. To get Kluber, the Reds are going to have to pony up.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2019 at 08:55 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, padres, reds, trade rumors

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Reds agree with newly acquired Puig on $9.7 million contract

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds avoided arbitration with Yasiel Puig, agreeing with the newly acquired outfielder on a $9.7 million contract for 2019.

You know, this is rather disappointing, after everything claimed about Puig in the popular press.

QLE Posted: January 12, 2019 at 08:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, reds, yasiel puig

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Reds fan pays off gross chili-chugging bet following unexpected trade

It isn’t easy being a Cincinnati Reds fan these days. The storied franchise that once dominated Major League Baseball during stretches of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, just completed its fifth consecutive losing season.

When the going gets tough, fans understandably get angry and anxious. And when sports fans reach that state of angst, regrettable promises are more likely to follow.

That’s how we would classify this situation regarding a Reds fan who was so desperate to see the team trade Homer Bailey during the offseason, he promised to shotgun three cans of cold Skyline Chili once a trade was completed.

What’s worse: Being a Reds fan and getting driven to do strange things like this, or being Joey Votto and stuck on the Reds?

 

QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bets, fans, reds

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Dodgers to trade Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds

We heard rumors of a deal like this brewing in the past several days, but now it’s happening: the Los Angels Dodgers have traded Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds. Jeff Passan of Yahoo was the first to report the deal was going down.

As previously rumored, Homer Bailey is going to the Los Angeles Dodgers as a means of offsetting some salary. The Dodgers will reportedly release Bailey once the deal is done, and will be getting prospects Jeter Downs, Josiah Gray and some international bonus pool money. They will send around $7 million in cash to the Reds.

What does one do with such money and such space? One suspects that one makes a run a Bryce Harper, who now would look really, really good in right field in Dodger Stadium.

 


Friday, December 21, 2018

Dodgers reportedly trade Kemp, Puig, Wood to Reds in massive payroll-clearing move

The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer to the Cincinnati Reds for a package including Homer Bailey, prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray and possibly international bonus slots, multiple reports say.

The Dodgers are clearing money under the luxury-tax threshold. Even though Bailey’s salary and buyout will cost $28 million ($23 million for his salary, $5 million for buyout), the luxury-tax hit is just $17.5 million.

Bored Posted: December 21, 2018 at 05:12 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds, trades

Friday, December 14, 2018

Winter Meetings Recap: Bryce Harper Lays Low, MLB Can’t Promote and the Rays Make a Splash

LAS VEGAS — It was only two years ago that people immediately declared the White Sox the “winners” of the winter meetings because they acquired prospects with heavy buzz, including Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Moncado is a .234 hitter who has fanned in 34 percent of his plate appearances, Kopech blew out his elbow, Giolito posted a 6.13 ERA this year, Lopez has a 4.21 ERA in 51 career games, and the White Sox have lost 195 games and 130,000 paid customers in the two seasons since.

Nobody’s giving up on them, but maybe we should give up on the whole “winners and losers” thing as instant judgment of the winter meetings. This time, as baseball is leaving Las Vegas after yet another hum-drum winter meetings, let’s try this: here’s what we learned from these meetings:

A summary account of do-tos involving the Winter Meetings, with quite a bit to debate and ponder.


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