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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.
  •    
  • Teams that receive revenue-sharing dollars do so without any firm requirement to invest them back into the team.
  •    
  • 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.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Reds trade for pitcher Tanner Roark

The Reds have acquired pitcher Tanner Roark from the Nationals for righty Tanner Rainey, the club announced Wednesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 07:27 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, tanner roark

Monday, December 10, 2018

MLB Trade Rumors: Cincinnati Reds shopping 2B Scooter Gennett (again) - Red Reporter

He should have been traded last year.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, scooter gennett

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Speedy Billy Hamilton cut loose by Reds

Cut loose, or ran away?

QLE Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, free agency, reds

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Get To Know a New Manager: The Reds Look to David Bell to Help Escape Their Interminable Rebuild

The belief is that, while the Reds all leap over a pommel horse, he will be digging a tunnel, from which the Reds can eventually follow him to freedom.

QLE Posted: November 28, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david bell, manager, reds

Friday, November 23, 2018

Raisel Iglesias, Reds Agree to 3-Year Contract Reportedly Worth $24.1M

Cincinnati Reds closer Raisel Iglesias signed a three-year deal on Wednesday to remain with the team through the 2021 season.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported that Iglesias signed a $24,150,000 contract.

Iglesias has been one of the bright spots on a struggling Reds team over the past two seasons. He’s saved 58 games and posted a 2.43 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 148.0 innings.

The next time we wonder why sportswriters overrate closers, consider how baseball management, while being cheap towards everyone else, seems willing to spend like drunk sailors on them…..

QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: raisel iglesias, reds

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Reds minor leaguer killed, two others injured in car crash in Dominican Republic

Jairo Capellán, a minor league player in the Cincinnati Reds organization, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Saturday morning and two more Reds players were injured, the team said.

Capellán, a 6-foot-8 pitcher, signed with the Reds in June 2017 and played for the Reds in the Dominican Summer League last season. He was 19.

“Jairo was a talented young pitcher with a bright future who was taken from us much too soon,” Reds Latin America Field Coordinator Joel Noboa said. “He will be missed by everyone who knew him — his teammates, coaches and our Dominican Academy staff.”

QLE Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, jairo capellan, reds, rip

Friday, November 02, 2018

Pitching coach Derek Johnson leaves Brewers to join Cincinnati Reds

From article:  The Brewers suffered their second defection in a week on Wednesday when general manager David Stearns announced pitching coach Derek Johnson was leaving to pursue another opportunity. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Johnson was leaving to become pitching coach of the Cincinnati Reds under new manager David Bell.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Reds select David Bell as team’s new manager | Cincinnati Reds

Completing a process that began in April, the Reds named David Bell as their new manager on Sunday and signed him to a three-year contract that runs through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 11:16 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david bell, manager, reds

Friday, October 12, 2018

Cincinnati Reds’ Shed Long, who can be a ‘game changer,’ is working on his consistency

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – A few hours before Shed Long made his debut in the Arizona Fall League Wednesday, Barry Larkin gave a scouting report of the 23-year-old second baseman.

He can hit for power. He can steal bases. He plays strong defense.

Batting leadoff for his Fall League team, Long showcased all of it. He went 1-for-4 with three RBI, two walks and one stolen base. The No. 8-ranked prospect in the Reds’ farm system by MLB.com, he’s trying to make the leap to the Majors.

Wonderful name that deserves to be remembered, if nothing else.

QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, prospects, reds, shed long

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Cincinnati Reds to interview at least 3 more managerial candidates

The Cincinnati Reds are moving to the next phase of their managerial search and have started interviewing candidates outside the organization.

Joe Girardi, David Bell and Brad Ausmus will receive interviews, a club source confirmed Wednesday. There could be more candidates interviewed throughout the upcoming weeks.

The Reds had five internal candidates interview for manager: interim manager Jim Riggleman, special adviser John Farrell, third-base coach Billy Hatcher, interim bench coach Pat Kelly and first-base coach Freddie Benavides. The Reds finished with a 64-80 record under Riggleman, who interviewed Monday.

Reds fans: Of these candidates listed, who would you prefer to have end up in this position, and why?

QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, david bell, joe girardi, reds

Friday, September 28, 2018

A Winter of Hard Choices Is Coming - Cincinnati Magazine

There’s nothing the Reds can do about that at this point, but the Reds can certainly emulate the way Atlanta supercharged its rebuild by calling up the organization’s talented kids in 2018 and letting them play.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:50 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tickets available as Marlins host Reds

MIAMI—The Miami Marlins, dead last in the major leagues in attendance, conclude their 2018 home schedule Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Marlins, who are averaging just over 9,000 fans per game, trail the next-worst team, the Tampa Bay Rays, by more than 200,000 in total attendance.

Miami’s 2018 attendance is the worst by a major league team since the Expos’ final season in Montreal in 2004.

Mind you, I would be far more shocked if this game was a sell-out….

QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, nobody shows up, reds, tickets

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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