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Thursday, May 21, 2015

How has instant replay changed baserunning? - Bucs Dugout

As Brandon Phillips put it, the game changes and adjustments simply have to made. The keys for fielders today are simply to be more precise with their tags, and to make sure baserunners who should be called out are, in fact, called out.

“But now you have to make sure to try your best not to make any mistakes because people can reverse the call,” Phillips said. “So that is one that does cross everybody’s mind. They want to make sure that they do make things happen, that they make sure they do get that guy out.”

So, instant replay has changed the game in intended and perhaps some interestingly unintended ways. As Clint Hurdle succinctly summarized this new era of tag play replay: “There is no doubt it’s become more physical around the base. You got to get down there and stick your nose in there and stick with the play. Both sides.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 11:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, pirates, reds, rules of the game

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Cincinnati Reds are at a fork in the road

You are arrive at a fork in the road, take it.

If you choose to rebuild ...

You’re believing that in three years, Johnny Cueto and Joey Votto are not going to be cornerstones of a contending roster, so there’s no sense in paying them both as much as some small-market teams will pay their entire roster. You’re believing that Phillips is done for, Bruce is Ben Grieve, Cozart isn’t a building block and Hamilton is just as likely to be a role player as a star. Or, if you’re not completely dejected, you’re believing in just one or two of those, and that’s enough to make you hope the Reds start over.

You’re believing in the haul that the Reds can get from their pending free agents, Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake, can include a future star and several future contributors. You’re believing that the haul could be supplemented with aggressive, Beane-style moves, in which players are traded a year too early rather than a year too late. If you don’t think Cueto can be replaced and that Votto is somewhere between good and great (but not an MVP), it would make a lot of sense to explore what Aroldis Chapman, Cozart and even Todd Frazier could fetch.

The 2016 Reds could look like the 2014 Astros, except where that would have been an insult last year, you can see how it’s a compliment now. Here, I’ll start:

Johnny Cueto = one top-30 prospect, two additional prospects
Aroldis Chapman = one top-50 prospect, two additional prospects
Todd Frazier = two top-100 prospects, one additional prospect
Zack Cozart = one top-100 prospect, one additional prospect
Mike Leake = one top-100 prospect, one additional prospect

The Reds opened the season with three prospects in the top 100, according to Baseball America. Here’s a chance to have nine, with a half-dozen additional prospects thrown in.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2015 at 03:55 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, trades

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bruce Chen Announces Retirement

“Today, I would like to announce my retirement.  For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: May 19, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, bruce chen, expos, indians, mets, orioles, phillies, rangers, red sox, reds

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Marshall needs second shoulder surgery | reds.com

This is not good.

Reds left-handed reliever Sean Marshall’s efforts to come back from shoulder surgery took a terrible turn when it was revealed he will need another season-ending operation in the same shoulder.

Marshall is scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 06:55 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, sean marshall

Monday, May 11, 2015

Olney: Laying out each team’s Mount Rushmore and ranking the quartets

The Mount Rushmore for BTF: Chris Truby, Mike Piazza, Madeline Albright, and Frank Tanana.

And Mike Crudale.

So I picked my own four for each club, and then ranked the 30 sets of four. Here they are, from the best to the fourth-best (in my opinion) for each franchise:

1. Giants: Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey

2. Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mariano Rivera (see below)

3. Cardinals: Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson

4. Red Sox: Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Cy Young, Pedro Martinez

5. Tigers: Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Miguel Cabrera, Al Kaline

6. Reds: Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson

7. Twins: Walter Johnson, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett

8. Athletics: Rickey Henderson, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Reggie Jackson

9. Braves: Hank Aaron, Greg Maddux, Warren Spahn, Chipper Jones

10. Dodgers: Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Clayton Kershaw


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Votto Ejected, May Face Further Discipline.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto was ejected from Wednesday’s game vs. the Pirates and could be facing further discipline after bumping home-plate umpire Chris Conroy.

During a scoreless game, Votto struck out to end the top of the third inning and was visibly upset, yelling and spiking his helmet as he walked away. Votto also appeared to say something toward starting pitcher Gerrit Cole in the Pirates’ third-base dugout before Conroy ejected him while Votto’s back was turned.

I always thought of Votto as the quiet type.

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: May 06, 2015 at 09:29 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: ejections, reds

Reds notes: Injury has Mesoraco in Catch-22 situation

Is this really a difficult choice?

Devin Mesoraco is facing a bit of a Catch-22: If he has surgery to repair the impingement in his left hip, he’ll miss pretty much the rest of this season.

If he continues to try to rehab the injury without surgery, he might be reduced to pinch-hitting and 10 games as designated hitter when the Reds play interleague road games.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 06:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: devin mesoraco, reds

Friday, May 01, 2015

Reds’ Homer Bailey to have surgery, miss 2015 season

As expected, Homer Bailey’s 2015 season is over and he will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in his right elbow, better known as “Tommy John” surgery.

Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek will perform the surgery next Friday in Cincinnati. Recovery from Tommy John surgery typically takes one year, meaning the Reds expect Bailey to return sometime next season.

Bailey, who turns 29 on Sunday, missed the end of 2014 with a right elbow flexor mass injury and had surgery to repair that injury last September. The Reds say the two injuries are unrelated….

Bailey signed a six-year deal worth $105 million last February.

Bailey was 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 23 starts in 2014 before his injury and made two starts for the Reds this season before going on the disabled list.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 05:03 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, reds, tommy john surgery

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Homer Bailey of Cincinnati Reds could have elbow surgery

Reds right-hander Homer Bailey may require surgery on his pitching elbow, a significant setback to a team already struggling with its staff.

Cincinnati is considering various options for treating an injured ligament in Bailey’s right elbow, including surgery. Manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that no decision had been made. The Reds could wait and see if the elbow heals with treatment.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, reds

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Manfred: Rose will be allowed to be part of All-Star Game

What are the odds?

Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer’s All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati.

Rose, baseball’s career hits leader and a former Reds star player and manager, agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport in 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on his team to win while he was managing the club.

Manfred said initial thoughts about Rose’s role at the July 14 game will come from Reds owner Bob Castellini.

“I’ve agreed with Mr. Castellini that we’re going to have a conversation about what specific kind of participation the Reds are interested in, and we have not had that conversation yet,” Manfred said Thursday during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors. “You can rest assured that he will about allowed to participate in some of the activities.”

MLB permitted Rose to take part in the All-Century team announcement at Atlanta’s Turner Field during the 1999 World Series and a Reds ceremony in 2013 honoring their 1975 and ‘76 championship teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 199 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, banishment, pete rose, reds, rob manfred

Monday, April 20, 2015

A profane Bryan Price vents frustration

Man, C. Trent Rosecrans is like Jerry in Parks and Rec.

Audio of the interview mentioned in this article will be posted soon.

Upset by the accurate reports that All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco was not with the team for Sunday’s game in St. Louis, [Reds manager Bryan] Price went on a five-minute, 34-second expletive-filled tirade in his daily session with reporters… The final tally was 77 uses of the “F” word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine).

The basis of Price’s argument was that he was not fond of sharing information with the media that could be used to his opponent’s advantage.

Ah, f***. I’m just, I’m f****** p****** up a rope in this f****** business. Because everyone has to know everything all the f****** time. That’s not my f****** obligation, it’s not their obligation. You know why f****** Billy Hamilton didn’t f****** play? The other day? Because his f****** finger’s hurt and he couldn’t hit right-handed comfortably. Right? So that’s something that I need to know and no one else needs to know. No one else needs to f****** know it, and all of a sudden it’s out there. His f****** fingers are sore. It doesn’t benefit us. It wasn’t from you, but it doesn’t benefit us one bit to f****** announce to the f****** other teams that we’re playing to bring in lefties when they need to f****** get Billy out. There’s no benefit. So, I’m f******, to be honest with you, I’m f****** sick of this s***. I’m sick of listening to this f****** s***, I’m sick of f****** the f****** second-guessing b*******, you guys can do whatever the f*** you want, but I’ll tell you this — I’m not going to f****** tell you everything about this f****** club, because you f****** guys are going to out there and sniff it out anyway. I don’t f****** like it one f****** bit. I bend over backwards to be honest and direct with you f****** guys and you stick it right up my f****** a** — and the f****** team’s a**. And I’m sick of it. What do you got? If you don’t got anything, get out and I’ll do this f****** interview with Marty. You don’t have anything? Just get out, please.


Saturday, April 18, 2015


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Local Cubs Broadcast Intro Is Just A Disaster

The GIF above cycles through some of the graphics that were used in the intro package that led into ABC 7’s broadcast of yesterday’s Cubs game. Did you catch all those errors? Here, let us slow things down for you.

To be fair, the season is still very young. Everyone’s still working out the kinks!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, giants, mariners, nationals, reds, spelling is hard, television

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Brandon Phillips hitting 7th, Joey Votto 2nd for Reds

The starting eight position players for Friday, and presumably Monday, is Billy Hamilton in center field, Votto at first, Todd Frazier batting and playing third, Devin Mesoraco catching and batting cleanup, Marlon Byrd in left field batting fifth, Jay Bruce in right batting sixth, Phillips at second batting seventh and Zack Cozart eighth, playing shortstop.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Grantland (Lindbergh): 2015 NL Central Preview

Stats, charts, breakdowns, snark and the surprising admission that the best thing about the Cardinals is “The players, probably. The players are pretty good.”

Chris Fluit Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:09 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, nl central, pirates, reds

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reds open breast-feeding suite at the ballpark

A local homebuilder created it and the Reds got Pampers to sponsor it. The result is this straight-outta-HGTV suite that’s probably better than most peoples’ homes.

The Reds advertise the suites as: “A private area open to all moms for breast feeding, bottle feeding and other child care needs. This space features comfortable gliders, a kitchenette with a sink, ice and refrigeration, a private restroom, changing stations and lockers for storing your items during the game.”

Castellini also notes that there are flat-screen TVs, so Mom (or Dad, if he there’s for a diaper change or bottle feeding) won’t miss the game. There are also toys for toddlers, should one tag along.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 04:08 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: joey b., pampers, reds

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Callis: Ranking the best farm systems of the past five years

No Phils.

In today’s Pipeline Perspectives, Jonathan and I debate which farm system has been the most productive since the end of the 2009 season. My choice was the Nationals, who have developed three budding superstars in Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, two more All-Stars in Ian Desmond and Derek Norris, plus a bunch of complementary players and trade fodder….

4. Royals
Kansas City nearly rode its system to a World Series championship last year, building the second-most homegrown playoff team in 2014—behind only St. Louis. The Royals’ in-house highlights included Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi (the key pieces in the James Shields trade), Salvador Perez and Yordano Ventura.

5. Reds
Cincinnati has harvested a nice combination of blue-chip talent (Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Devin Mesoraco) and solid contributors (most notably, Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger, Zack Cozart, Didi Gregorius, Yasmani Grandal and Mike Leake), though it has traded most of the latter group.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Votto, Phillips: Same team, different approaches

Brandon Phillips, the new Jeff Francoeur.

Nothing against Votto, Phillips says, but he’s up there swinging the bat, believing driving in runs is the best way to help your team win games.

Nothing against Phillips, Votto says, but he believes the best way to score runs is simply getting on base, no matter the situation.

And regardless what statistics may say, they’ll never change their ways, believing their method is best.

“I don’t do that MLB Network on-base percentage (stuff),’’ Phillips told USA TODAY Sports. “I think that’s messing up baseball. I think people now are just worried about getting paid, and worrying about on-base percentage, instead of just winning the game.

“That’s the new thing now. I feel like all of these stats and all of these geeks upstairs, they’re messing up baseball, they’re just changing the game. It’s all about on-base percentage. If you don’t get on base, then you suck. That’s basically what they’re saying. People don’t care about RBI or scoring runs, it’s all about getting on base.

“Why we changing the game after all of this time? If we all just took our walks, nobody would be scoring runs. Nobody would be driving anybody in or getting anybody over. How you doing to play the game like that. People don’t look at doing the things the right way, and doing things to help your team win.

“I remember back in the day you hit .230, you suck. Nowadays, you hit .230, with a .400 on-base percentage, you’re one of the best players in the game. That’s amazing. I’ve never seen (stuff) like that. Times have changed. It’s totally different now.

 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias, a Cuban defector, signed ... | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal writes about the Reds efforts to sign Raisel Iglesias.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: raisel iglesias, reds

Monday, March 16, 2015

Reds will use left-hander Tony Cingrani out of bullpen

“As of right now, we see Cingrani as more of a relief option rather than a starting option,” Price said. “We’re looking at our club and trying to figure out how we’re the best. We brought a bunch of people in that are capable of competing for those jobs, but we don’t have enough innings to give them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 07:22 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, tony cingrani

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Reds prospect arrested, charged with hitting girlfriend with rock

A Reds minor-league prospect was arrested early Saturday morning in Glendale, Ariz., after he was accused of knocking his girlfriend unconscious with a giant rock, azcentral.com reported.

Tanner Rahier, 21, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to injure, according to police reports. He was later released.

Rahier told investigators he did not know the woman and didn’t throw rocks at her. However, police say he got into an argument with a bartender Pullano’s Pizza, refusing to pay his bill. To defuse the situation, Rahier’s girlfriend brought him outside the restaurant, where they began arguing.

Rahier started to throw rocks at his girlfriend, one of which hit her on the side of the head and caused her to lose consciousness, according to police reports. The rock was roughly 8 inches across.

An ambulance transported the woman to the hospital, where she underwent tests. She may need stitches for her injuries.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 10, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, police blotter, prospects, reds

Monday, March 09, 2015

Major league teams wrestle with personal catchers | www.daytondailynews.com

Managers have to home some type of plan to rest catchers. Personal catchers are as good a way to manage playing time as any.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:50 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, cubs, reds

Friday, March 06, 2015

Doc: Reds’ Joey Votto a curious guy

Ted Williams was criticized for his approach as well.

Votto could be right. He could be in the vanguard of how hitters hit and think. At the moment, metrics are discussed by media and front-office types, not players. Maybe Votto bends that discussion.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Bryan Price wants Reds to run like Pete Rose

If I were a betting man, I’d bet that all managers feel the same way.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, reds

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Joey Votto to miss start of Reds’ Cactus League games

This isn’t particularly promising either.

Price said Votto hasn’t participated in all of the team’s field drills, but doesn’t expect the star first baseman to miss any significant time. There has been no decision yet on when Votto will begin playing in exhibition games, Price said.

“Those little things, I’m starting to get to the point where those, I’ll be able to join in on and really be a part of nearly everything,” Votto said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

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