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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Great American Pitching Experiment: Why the Reds Won’t Stop Starting Rookies «

Meanwhile, losing this aggressively risks alienating fans: The Reds don’t have to go back very far to remember what the then-bottom-of-the-barrel Astros had to endure when it came to plummeting attendance and 0.0 TV ratings. When you see a star like Cole Hamels block a trade to Houston and opt to go to a division rival instead, it’s hard not to wonder if over-the-top levels of losing might sometimes leave a lasting stink on a franchise, even once that team starts to win again.9 Of course, the Reds are also on pace to claim the no. 3 pick in next summer’s draft, something they probably wouldn’t have had if they’d tried to patch their rotation with more established pitchers rather than go to full “throw spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks” mode.

Plus, if you’re going to lose, you might as well do so with a plan. We’ll have to wait a few years before we can determine whether this one works, but as the defeats have piled up in Cincinnati, so have the reams of pitching data that other teams would normally need years to collect.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2015 at 03:28 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Joey Votto on Aging | FanGraphs Baseball

Great stuff from Eno Harris.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds, sabermetrics

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Reds notes: Latest on Billy Hamilton’s shoulder

Price said there’s also a chance that the Reds will shut him down so he can concentrate on rehabbing the shoulder.

“You hate to shut the kid down if he can help us in any way, shape or form. In the same respect, if he needs to do a concentrated rehab, staying active to try to play kind of counteracts his ability to invest completely in his rehab,” Price said. “I know (team medical director) Dr. (Timothy) Kremchek, (head athletic trainer) Paul (Lessard) and (general manager) Walt (Jocketty) will all help to define the road to go with Billy, whether it’s to continue to play — I’m sure I’ll have an opinion on that as well, or if it’s better for him to invest completely in getting his shoulder ready for 2016.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, brandon finnegan, brayan pena, j.j. hoover, reds

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Skippers learning on job brings mixed results |

Notes from the Cowboy.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, managers, notes, reds, rockies

Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty not planning on going anywhere

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty isn’t ready to move out of the general manager’s chair.

“I’m not ready for that yet,” Jocketty said Friday night. “Give me another year or so.”

Jocketty’s good friend Doug Melvin stepped down from his job as the Brewers’ general manager into an advisory role. Jocketty is a year older than Melvin, but said Friday he is looking forward to rebuilding the Reds.

“Where we’re at is based a lot on the trades we knew we had to make because of the free agents and injuries,” Jocketty said. “This is an interesting process and it’s kind of a fun process to try to rebuild in the next year or so. It’s a good challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, reds

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Votto Goes Wild in Argument, Pirates Beat Reds on Kang Slam - The New York Times

Votto was irritated when a pitch which was clearly outside was called a strike. It was the second AB that a bad strike call put him into a 1-2 hole, instead of a 2-1 hitter’s count.

Votto was tossed by plate umpire Bill Welke while the Reds were trying to rally in the eighth. The 2010 NL MVP argued a called strike two and slammed down his batting helmet, hollering and gesturing as he went nose-to-nose with Welke.

The dispute quickly escalated and Reds teammates intervened to restrain Votto, with first base umpire Laz Diaz helping prevent the big hitter from getting back at Welke. Cincinnati manager Bryan Price also was ejected.

Price said he understood the Votto asked for time and didn’t get it. Votto had left the clubhouse when reporters arrived postgame. Welke declined comment.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The Race for Last Place

Who will win “The Biggest Loser”?

Miami (54-79, one game out). Other than Oakland and maybe Milwaukee, this was the team on this list that had the highest hopes for 2015 coming in, though, then again, this is Miami, so you never know. Regardless, once Giancarlo Stanton got hurt, this team became impossible to watch. I love Ichiro as much as anyone else, but seeing him play every day in an empty building with a fish statue would make anyone sad. The Marlins might have a little push left in them the rest of the year. Stanton could be back this weekend, and Jose Fernandez should return in mid-September. That’s a positive for Fish fans desperate for a reason to go to the ballpark … but it won’t do their Drive For Last efforts any favors.

Colorado (53-78, one game out). Everyone jumped ship when Troy Tulowitzki was traded, and with good reason. Maybe the saddest thing about this Rockies team that has the second-worst record is that it’s virtually indistinguishable from every other Rockies team of the past six years. It’s only missing Tulo. And they don’t even have LaTroy Hawkins anymore.

Philadelphia (53-80, “first” place). For all the frustrations with Ruben Amaro—and the fact that he’s likely going to be out of a job pretty soon—one must admit: He ended up doing rather well for himself and the franchise with that Cole Hamels trade. There’s some nice young talent in Philadelphia’s system right now. But most of it isn’t on the big league roster—and Aaron Nola is still figuring out how the bigs work—which means there are going to be a lot of Jeff Francoeur and Darin Ruf at-bats over the next month. This is as bad as it’s going to get for the Phillies. But have no doubt: It’s going to be very bad.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 06:09 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, brewers, draft, marlins, phillies, reds, rockies

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Reds Raisel Iglesias continues hot August |

Some good news about this season.

“He’s a stud,” Price said. “These games are very personal to him as they are to all of us. I think he wants to be that guy that goes out there and wins a ballgame for us. I think he showed again great emotional durability because he had a rough first inning and he bounced back and gave us some really good baseball—six innings of one-run ball. That’s how you do it. He’s taking advantage of these opportunities. He’s learning. He’s getting better. He’s growing up. That part has been great to watch.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: raisel iglesias, reds

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BAR: Joey Votto’s outstanding season

Votto is healthy and good again.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Royals catch Reds napping on infield fly rule |

Bruce popped up a 3-2 pitch that had Hochevar and first baseman Eric Hosmer camped underneath before it hit the ground. The infield fly rule was invoked for the out on Bruce.

The runner on third base, Bourgeois, broke from third base and tried to score. Hochevar threw to catcher Drew Butera, who easily tagged Bourgeois five feet from the plate for the inning-ending double play.

According to Major League Baseball rules, runners may advance at their own risk when the infield fly rule is called.

“He knows the rule. I think it was just a reaction,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It wasn’t a late call by the umpires in the sense that they called it. They had to know that a position player has a play—on what’s called a relatively routine play on the ball. And both the pitcher and the first baseman were converging on the ball. Once the pitcher got underneath it and the first baseman, the home-plate umpire [Chris Conroy] signaled ‘infield fly.’ At that point in time, the ball was just getting ready to hit [the ground], and it did. I think he felt in that situation obliged to run.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, royals

Friday, August 14, 2015

Deadspin: Aroldis Chapman Broke MLBs Statcast

Aroldis Chapman throws the baseball very fast. So fast, in fact, that he ruined’s Statcast Leaderboard. That’s where MLB shows a glimpse of the data from its player-tracking technology, listing the leaders in a bunch of categories. One is fastest pitch, and the problem was that the 50 fastest pitches this season, from a high of 103.9 MPH to a “low” of 102.4 MPH, were all thrown by Chapman. Yeah, we get it, he throws hard, but who else does? Enter a cutesy solution: the Chapman Filter.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 14, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, fastballs, reds

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-13-2015

Seattle Star, August 13, 1915:

Charles Bultman, a realty broker, today announced to the United Press that he is negotiating the sale ofthe Cincinnati Reds. He said Warren Carter of Pasadena, Cal., has a 10-day option on the club.

It was reported that “inside baseball” circles today that Carter is acting for the Federal league, and that the Reds will be included in the Federal circuit for 1916.

Wowsers. That would have been crazy. Obviously this didn’t happen, with the Federal League months away from its fatal implosion.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, reds

Friday, July 31, 2015

Twitter: Giants get Leake

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, mike leake, reds, trade rumors, trades

Monday, July 27, 2015

Early returns on Cueto deal look good for Reds | FOX Sports

Rosenthal’s take on the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 12:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals, trades

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Reds trade Johnny Cueto to Royals |

Finally, after almost a day of speculation, the Royals completed a trade for Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto.

The deal was announced during the third inning of the Royals-Astros game on Sunday: Cueto and cash considerations to the Royals for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 04:59 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals

Sunday Notes: Tigers, Pillar, Pirates’ Bell, Correa, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s lastest. That’s L-A-U-R-I-L-I-A.

Carlos Correa is on the cusp of stardom at a young age. Two months shy of his 21st birthday, the Astros shortstop is hitting a precocious .292/.337/.532, with 21 extra-base knocks in 154 at bats.

According to manager A.J. Hinch, the youngster is attentive to a fault. After an at bat, or following a game, he’ll often seek “affirmation on what he sees versus what we see.”

“He’ll want to know that his load is on time,” elaborated Hinch. “He’ll want to see if the ball is borderline, in, out, up, down. He’ll want to know what we thought from the side. His front foot in his timing, how high his hands get, how high his load gets… that’s always a point of emphasis for him. He’s very mechanically sound, and very tuned in to his body and how his swing operates.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos correa, kevin pillar, notes, pirates, reds, tigers

Frazier homers, Cueto pitches gem amid trade rumors | FOX Sports

The Royals were close to trading for Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto before the deal fell through, major-league sources told FOX Sports.

The issue, the sources said, was that one of the players going from the Royals to the Reds did not check out medically. At that point, the deal was nullified.

The near-trade created a dramatic scene among Reds officials and players prior to their game Saturday evening against the Colorado Rockies. Not long before the first pitch, Cueto’s fellow starter Michael Lorenzen began warming up because the Reds believed there was a high probability Cueto would be scratched once the deal was formally agreed upon.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals, trade rumors

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

No contender needs Johnny Cueto more than Kansas City Royals | FOX Sports

Unless, of course, Cueto has physical issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 05:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals

Monday, July 20, 2015

Despite managerial issues, the Angels are focused.

Sometimes a midseason managerial change sparks a ballclub. But a team sparked by a midseason Civil War in which the general manager resigns because he can’t coexist with the manager? That’s a new one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, notes, orioles, reds, rumors

Full Count: Trade deadline looming | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

My guess: The stalemate is going to continue, maybe right until the final days leading to the deadline. The buyers need a fuller picture of who exactly is available and how those pitchers are performing. The sellers, meanwhile, need the urgency of the deadline to spur action — and in some cases, more time to polish their goods.

I’m not talking about Hamels, who will return to his old self the moment he escapes the losing, angst-ridden environment in Philadelphia. But Cueto’s six-walk performance on Sunday likely renewed concerns for teams already worried about his elbow; his average fastball velocity of 92.68 mph was his second-lowest of the season, according to (the only game in which Cueto’s velocity was lower was on May 19, after which he missed a start due to stiffness in his elbow).

Johnny Cueto has rare rough outing vs. Indians |

This does not help his trade value.

“You have a better chance of coming out and seeing him throw a one-hit shutout then you have him walking six guys and walking in some guys with the bases loaded,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It was just a bad day.”
“I feel really well today, I feel outstanding today,” Cueto said through translator Tomas Vera. “But things happen. This is what happened. I don’t think [very often] in my career I’ve walked six batters in one game. It just happened. Things happened. It’s as simple as that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Reds front office waiting for offers

The fire sale is in full swing. The Reds have put all the players they willing to part with on the shelf. Owner Bob Castellini has given go-ahead to trade as needed.

Nobody has bought yet. But it will happen. It’s a matter of how many players will go.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trade rumors

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Perfect compromise for solving the Pete Rose controversy | New York Post

That’s the problem. If he’s the same guy he was 25 years ago, he doesn’t deserve a second chance.

“If [Commissioner Rob Manfred] is a fair man, if he’s going to give someone a second chance, I’ll be the happiest guy in the world,” Rose told Fox’s Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday. “But I understand he’s got a tough job. But I’m a good guy. I’m not the same guy that I was 25 years ago.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, reds

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Reds are holding up trade traffic, according to Jon Morosi


According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, Walt Jocketty is hauling the obnoxiously slow boat that’s clogging up the left lane of the baseball world.

If that’s tangibly true, it confirms at least one of the two nonsensical dogmas Reds fans have heard whispers about for months, with the off chance that both head-scratching theories are true.  If there’s a hard deadline that’s been put in place for all potential deals and said deadline comes after the city of Cincinnati gets to host the All Star Game, either the front office of the Reds is prioritizing having Reds players in the All Star Game more than them being healthy trade chips, or the front office is deluded enough to think the next week’s worth of games still has significant bearing on whether the Reds can be a contender in 2015.  Or both, if you’re way into baseball masochism.

You can bend your mind a bit to see that the Reds’ unwillingness to yield carries with it a bit of admirability, at least in a Spartan sort of way.  Perhaps they’re determined to fight until the end against all odds in some grandiose attempt at generating pride through unsuccessful stubbornness.  Perhaps the front office came across a spare $200 million that the rest of the world is unaware of and they plan on using it to keep the likes of Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman around for the rest of their playing days.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

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