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Friday, October 20, 2017

Dusty Baker Will Not Be Back as Manager

The Nationals on Friday announced that Dusty Baker would not return as the team’s manager in 2018. Baker this past season led the Nationals to 97 wins a second-straight NL East title. However, the team once again failed to advance past the division series in the playoffs. In two seasons on the job in Washington, the Nationals on Baker’s watch posted a winning percentage of .593.
Baker’s now managed for 22 seasons, and over that span his teams have gone 1,863-1,636. Those 1,863 wins rank 14th all-time, and Baker’s also led four different teams to the playoffs. As well, he’s been named NL Manager of the Year three times. It’s possible, though, that his never winning a World Series will keep him out of the Hall of Fame. At age 68, Baker may also have managed his last big-league game.

Not fired, just simply let him go at the end of his contract. That seems really rare to me, but it’s the third time out of his four stints where the team has simply let him go at the end of his contract.

Greg Pope Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:59 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dusty baker, giants, nationals, reds

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cincinnati Reds GM Dick Williams 2017 review 2018 preview

CE: After this past season, how close do you think you guys are compared to 2016 to being the next winning Reds team, and how does that color your offseason plans?

DW: The lesson we’re all collectively learning is the difficulty of putting exact timetables. Some people are coming quicker than we thought and some people are coming slower. It’s really difficult to say when it will all come together. I had a guy run it the other day,  we were the fourth-youngest average age for offensive players this year, and we were the youngest team in baseball for pitchers, average age, for the season. It’s mostly prospects that are driving those young ages. That tells me these next couple years, we will have a very good opportunity to grow into that success.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 05:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dick williams, reds

Thursday, September 28, 2017

FOX Sports Ohio on Twitter: “You want the cliche answer or you want the real answer?”

Sometimes Twitter is actually useful and isn’t just a cesspool.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: joe votto, reds

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Baseball’s Hunter Greene, all that and more

A feature on Hunter Greene.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2017 at 09:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter greene, reds

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Joey Votto talks strike-zone management - and praises umpires | theScore.com

“You see it changing,” Votto said. “You see the left-handed strike zone, the left-handed outside pitch moves closer to the plate - less balls are called away. The left-handed strike is moving closer to the strike zone. Pitches that are up and in, pitches that are in, are being called strikes. I can manage that.

“When I was first called up, there’s no - I don’t think there’s any debate that the pitch that was outside was called a strike more often, and sinkerball guys, guys with running fastballs, guys that would be able to hit the spot outside, even though it was off the plate, were given a strike. I can only do so much with that, right?

“Now, as things change … the umpires are working hard, they’re getting better. Everyone’s getting better in this sport and the umpires are no exception. They’re evaluated constantly, and they take those evaluations seriously. They care about being part of a really nice, clean product, and all their feedback comes from PitchFX and StatCast.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2017 at 06:14 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Tuesday, September 05, 2017


Friday, September 01, 2017

After hitting a home run, Joey Votto gave his bat and jersey to a young Reds fan | MLB.com

Making the world better, one fan at a time.

After learning that Walter’s parents said that the gift meant the world to the young boy, Votto told MLB.com’s John Fay, “That’s all that matters.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2017 at 02:10 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Joey Votto on base twice for 20th game in row | MLB.com

Being healthy is great. Maybe the Reds should be looking to sell now.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2017 at 08:07 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

‘Ungodly’ Joey Votto forces Cubs to think outside the box with four-outfielder shift | CSN Chicago

This is a shift you don’t see every day.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joey votto, reds, shifts

Monday, August 14, 2017

BAR: One Joey Votto streak ended, another continues

Joey Votto’s 17-game hit streak ended on Sunday, but he still has another even more impressive streak going – he’s reached base more than once in 18 straight games, the longest such streak in Reds history.

He’s only three games from tying the longest streak in baseball since 1900, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Ted Williams, Votto’s hitting role model, owns the record, reaching base in 21 consecutive games in 1948. Pete Rose and Barry Bonds both had 20-game streaks. Rose with the Phillies in 1979 and Bonds in 2004.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 14, 2017 at 10:56 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds, streaks

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The swing tweak that may have fixed Jose Peraza

How does such an obvious flaw not get fixed in the minor leagues?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jose peraza, reds

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Kid Who Didn’t Die At Riverfront Stadium

On April 22, 1981, an Ohio teenager named Randy Kobman skipped school to go to Riverfront Stadium to see the Cincinnati Reds play the Atlanta Braves. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Reds slugger George Foster fouled a pitch from Gaylord Perry into the grandstands behind home plate. The ball caromed off the the press box and headed back toward the field. Kobman, sitting in the front row of seats in the stadium’s second deck, moved toward the aisle to make a play for the bouncing ball. He caught it. Then he flipped over the railing.

Thanks to some combination of fate and bench pressing, Kobman saved himself. As he was falling toward the field, Kobman tossed the souvenir ball away, reached back, and grabbed the railing he’d just cartwheeled past with his right arm. His body slammed against the facing of the upper deck, but he never lost his grip. He braced himself against the wall with his legs as his body swung around and held on. It was as clutch a play as Riverfront Stadium, or any stadium, had ever seen.

“I remember it clearly, just seeing the guy hanging up there, way up there,” Ray Knight, the Reds’ third baseman that day, tells me. “The rails at Riverfront were built so that they had an angle in toward the seats, so I saw him hanging up there, but I never knew how he actually grabbed the dang rail, the way it’s built. That was an unbelievable thing.”

The unbelievability of what was witnessed came through in the Atlanta broadcasters’ call. “Oh, my!” Braves TV color commentator Pete Van Wieren said over the crowd’s gasp, as cameras caught the fan swinging from the upper deck.

“He’d be a very dead person, I think,” added Van Wieren’s partner, Braves play-by-play legend Skip Caray, as spectators hauled the hanging fan over to the safe side of the railing.

Randy Kobman is not a very dead person. He is alive and 54 years old and has a wife and two kids in graduate school and runs a shipping business in the Cincinnati area, where he still resides. I know this because I went looking for Kobman this spring and found him.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2017 at 04:35 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dodgers trade for Yu Darvish, bolster bullpen | MLB.com

Los Angeles sent right-handed pitcher Angel German and infielder Oneil Cruz, who was the team’s No. 21-ranked prospect, to the Pirates for Watson.

and

The Dodgers sent outfielder Scott Van Slyke and another [Hendrik Clementina] to the Reds for Cingrani, 28. Cingrani was a third-round pick of the Reds in 2011, and he will not be eligible for free agency until 2020. He has a 5.40 ERA in 25 games. He missed May with an oblique strain, and he has allowed nine earned runs in his last 5 2/3 innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 06:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, pirates, reds, trades

Ex-Marlins prospect Luis Castillo dominates Miami in Reds’ win Sunday - Sun Sentinel

He was throwing some serious gas.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: luis castillo, reds

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Former MLB All-Star Lee May dies at 74

Lee May, a three-time All-Star with 354 career home runs, passed away on July 29 at the age of 74.

Details of his passing are not known.

May, known as the Big Bopper, was a fierce hitter who hit 20 or more home runs and 80 or more RBI in 11 consecutive seasons. In 1976, he led the American League in RBI (109).

The slugging first baseman and designated hitter played 18-seasons for the Cincinnati Reds (1965–71), Houston Astros (1972–74), Baltimore Orioles (1975–80) and Kansas City Royals (1981–82).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2017 at 01:41 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, lee may, obituaries, orioles, reds, royals

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Reds’ Zack Cozart meets donkey before game | MLB.com

When Cozart met Amos, it was love at first sight.

“I’m way more excited after seeing ol’ Amos over there,” Cozart said. “He’ll live to be 25-30 years old. This is a lifetime companion here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds, zack cozart

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

For Adam Duvall, proving doubters wrong is old hat

Adam Duvall is running out of things to prove. He may not be an All-Star like he was a year ago, but the Cincinnati Reds left fielder is enjoying an even better season statistically.

Through 83 games, he’s hit .279, with a .324 on-base percentage and an .880 OPS. He has 19 home runs, and is on pace to be worth between 3.5 and 3.7 WAR, depending on the version of the stat. There are some questions as to whether his average is inflated by good batted ball luck, but it’s clear that the 28-year-old is a valuable major-league player.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 07:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam duvall, reds

Monday, July 03, 2017

NL All-Star Zack Cozart expects Cincinnati Reds teammate Joey Votto to deliver on donkey pledge

Cozart said on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight that when Votto made the donkey pledge to him, “it started off as just ha, ha, ha ... but it got real really quick.”

He said that he expects Votto to fulfill his promise and now has to search for some land for the donkey to roam.

“Oh yeah, anybody that knows Joey Votto knows that donkey is going to be here,” he said. “This is happening—a legit, real donkey. No name picked out, but that will be the next order of business, that’s for sure.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds, zack cozart

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bronson Arroyo admits comeback could be over | MLB.com

“I think my arm is probably going to be checkmate,” Arroyo said. “I’ve got some tears in my shoulder that we’ve been masking with cortisone for a while. It held up for the first three months. I got another shot, the second has disappeared after like three weeks.”
...
“The elbow—Tommy John [surgery] is like a chain out on a bicycle. It doesn’t matter how bad the chain is, if the rest of the bike is OK, you change out the chain and you continue to move forward,” Arroyo said. “But a shoulder is more like your favorite shirt you’ve been wearing for the last 15 years and it’s been washed too many times. So it gets brittle, right?

“Right now, it’s not going to work anymore. I don’t know if we have any more options. We’ll see.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bronson arroyo, reds

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Prep phenom Hunter Greene could be generational player

Who is calling him a generational talent? His agent?

No player in this year’s draft arrives with as much hype as the 17-year-old Greene. He’s a lanky 6-foot-4 and 197 pounds, but is considered by some to be a generational talent. He carries a first-round grade as a shortstop, but many predict his future will be on the mound after the right-hander fired fastballs up to 102 mph this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2017 at 03:34 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, hunter greene, reds

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Statcast: Gennett’s four homers | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: four homer games, reds, scooter gennett, statcast

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Reds’ Scooter Gennett 17th MLB player with four home runs in one game

Reds left fielder Scooter Gennett hit four homers—including a grand slam—and drove in a career-high 10 runs in a 13-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Gennett had an RBI single and his second career grand slam off Adam Wainwright, who hadn’t allowed one since 2013. He followed with a two-run shot and a solo homer off John Gant, and another two-run shot off John Brebbia that put Cincinnati ahead 13-1.

He became the 17th major leaguer with four home runs in a game and the first since Josh Hamilton in 2012.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:33 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, scooter gennett

Teammates knew Zack Cozart was an All-Star, now voters are catching on

But Cozart has been the National League’s best shortstop this season. His 3.1 FanGraphs WAR is by far the best in the league, with Seager’s 1.8 second. Entering Monday’s game, he led all qualified National League shortstops in batting average (.344), on-base percentage (.432), slugging percentage (.622), home runs (9) and RBI (33). He’s also FanGraphs’ highest-rated defensive shortstop.

“It’s important, because obviously when somebody deserves something, it’s nice that they get the recognition,” said Reds left fielder Adam Duvall, an All-Star last season, who is currently 13th in National League outfielder voting. “I think it’s important for baseball in general for someone who is doing as well as he’s doing to get that recognition that he deserves.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all star, reds, zack cozart

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Reds’ Scott Schebler injures left shoulder | MLB.com

When will the Reds install softer grass?

Not only did the Reds have to absorb dropping a very winnable game in extra innings on Saturday, they had to play half of it minus two-thirds of their starting outfield. Both Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler were forced out with left shoulder injuries in the sixth inning.

Diving plays were at the root of both players’ injuries during the 6-5 loss to the Braves in 12 innings. Hamilton was lifted before the top of the sixth in the wake of two unsuccessful diving catches. Schebler came out following a diving catch that robbed Nick Markakis of extra bases. Both players were diagnosed with left shoulder strains.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, reds, scott schebler

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Don’t rush to judgment on trades, just look at the Reds | FOX Sports

Really?

Jocketty, who became an executive advisor with the Reds in December with Dick Williams taking over as GM, said that in 22 years as a lead executive he learned the value of patience and persistence. He credits a variety of scouts and assistants when discussing his trades — Marty Maier and Mike Squires liked Suarez, J Harrison was high on Duvall, Jeff Schugel pushed Schebler and Bruce Manno — the Braves’ former assistant GM — recommended Peraza.

The Chapman deal still could yield a benefit, if righty Rookie Davis develops into a back-end starter. So could the Jay Bruce trade, but to this point second baseman Dilson Herrera isn’t hitting at Triple A.

The lesson applies every July: Don’t judge trades so quickly. Things change over time.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2017 at 09:36 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trades

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