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Cincinnati Reds GM dishes on Joey Votto, shortstop, when club will be buyers again and more

Cincinnati Reds general manager Dick Williams stopped by the set of MLB Network during the winter meetings in Florida this week and dropped all kinds of knowledge about the club’s present and future.  He only spoke for about five minutes but covered a wide range of topics, including:  Some have wondered if All-Star Zack Cozart might return to Cincinnati after testing the free...
Sports Today: Here’s one way Bengals could get something out of the rest of 2017

Sports Today: Here’s one way Bengals could get something out of the rest of 2017

Cincinnati Bengals players were off Tuesday, but there was an intriguing move by the organization.  Jeff Driskel being cleared for practice might end up meaning nothing, but it gives Marvin Lewis a chance to do something good for the organization’s future if he wants to.  For all the talk about seeing what A.J. McCarron can do, playing him now doesn’t amount to much more than...
Cincinnati Reds: Votto named Canada’s athlete of the year

Cincinnati Reds: Votto named Canada’s athlete of the year

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto on Tuesday was named Canada’s athlete of the year for 2017. Votto is the 79th recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy. He also won the award in 2010. The 34-year-old Toronto native beat out finalists Sidney Crosby (hockey), Mikael Kingsbury (skiing), Alex Harvey (skiing) and Rachel Homan (curling). Votto was the runner-up in National League Most Valuable...
Sports Today: Another dumb day in Bengaldom

Sports Today: Another dumb day in Bengaldom

One thing I’ve learned over the past year or so: There’s a lot of stupidity in NFL media.  Monday provided another example when Pro Football Talk “reported” the Bengals considered seeing what John Ross can do at cornerback last week before he ended up having to go on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.  This was a pretty bizarre story because it made no mention...
Baseball Hall of Fame: Is Reds’ Davey Concepcion next?

Baseball Hall of Fame: Is Reds’ Davey Concepcion next?

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s doors opened to Alan Trammell over the weekend.  Does that mean fellow shortstop Davey Concepcion will get in some day, too?  Johnny Bench, Concepcion’s Big Red Machine teammate, hopes so.  Trammell came closer to getting voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America, maxing out at 40.9 percent of the vote last year, his final year of...
Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Today the sports world still turns in Southwest Ohio whether we want it to or not.  As far as weekends go, this one could have gone better.  I predicted the Bengals would lose to the Bears, though I did not think Cincinnati would look quite that bad.  Marvin Lewis’ team obviously faced an uphill climb with so many defensive starters hurt, especially since this is a team with no...
Reds taking ‘wait and see’ approach to MLB winter meetings

Reds taking ‘wait and see’ approach to MLB winter meetings

The Cincinnati Reds hot stove is cold as of now, and probably will be through the winter meetings. Reds general manager Dick Williams said he has a plan, but the team may not make a move. “We have a plan ... but we don’t plan on doing anything in particular,” Williams told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. Cincinnati’s plan will be to wait through the winter meetings and watch...
Giancarlo Stanton nixed trade to Cardinals; won’t waive no-trade clause

Giancarlo Stanton nixed trade to Cardinals; won’t waive no-trade clause

National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton was set to be a St. Louis Cardinal, until the Miami Marlin used the no-trade clause in his contract to stop the deal. The Cardinals announced the nixed trade on the team’s Twitter account. “While we are disappointed with his decision, we will continue to make every effort to improve our club for the upcoming season,” Cardinals...
Cincinnati Reds lose starting pitcher to Korea Baseball Organization

Cincinnati Reds lose starting pitcher to Korea Baseball Organization

The Cincinnati Reds have lost a starting pitcher to the Korea Baseball Organization. The Reds released right-hander Tim Adleman and sold him to the Samsung Lions of the KBO. Adleman, 30, spent the last two seasons with the Reds, going 9-15 with a 4.97 ERA in 43 games. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound right-hander made 33 starts for Cincinnati. With the experienced gained last season by young starters Tyler...
Could Nick Senzel reach Cincinnati as a shortstop?

Could Nick Senzel reach Cincinnati as a shortstop?

Two questions continue to follow Nick Senzel this offseason.  One is obvious: When will the Cincinnati Reds’ top prospect make his major-league debut?  The second might need to be answered first: Where?  Senzel, who recently was named the winner of the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award as the team’s minor league player of the year, has played all but two of his 182...
Quiet off-season for Reds so far, but winter meetings loom

Quiet off-season for Reds so far, but winter meetings loom

Maybe it was the uncertainty surrounding the status of Miami slugger and National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton. Maybe it was the pursuit of Japanese do-it-all superstar Shohei Ohtani. Whatever the reason, the Major League Baseball off-season has been quiet with the annual winter meetings scheduled to start in Orlando on Monday. Dick Williams, the Reds’ general manager, is and...
Japanese star Shohei Ohtani reportedly cuts list of potential MLB teams

Japanese star Shohei Ohtani reportedly cuts list of potential MLB teams

Shohei Ohtani will not be a Cincinnati Red.  Long-time MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal reported Monday the Japanese superstar has cut his list of potential MLB teams to seven, and the home of the first professional baseball team did not make the cut.  The Reds were probably a longshot from the start, but there was some hope they could pull a surprise when reports spread comfort with an organization...
Jose Siri among Dragons honored at RedsFest

Jose Siri among Dragons honored at RedsFest

Aaron Fossas hasn’t been in the Cincinnati Reds organization long, but he’s been around enough to know that Dayton is one of the better stops along the way. Fossas felt obliged to pay back the hospitality he enjoyed while spending 2017 with the Dragons, and he did enough of it to receive the franchises’s Minor League Service Award on stage Friday night at the Reds’ annual two-day...
Report: New York Yankees name former Cincinnati Red Aaron Boone manager

Report: New York Yankees name former Cincinnati Red Aaron Boone manager

Aaron Boone loved playing third base for the Cincinnati Reds. He came through the Reds minor league system. He wrote the foreward to Dayton Daily News Reds writer Hal McCoy’s book “The Real McCoy,” and the day he was traded to the the Yankees in 2003, he was emotionally overcome to the point he could barely speak.  Three months later, he was a part of baseball and Yankee...
Team awards handed out to Reds at Redsfest

Team awards handed out to Reds at Redsfest

Joey Votto was named Cincinnati Reds team MVP during Friday night’s team award presentation at Redsfest. Votto, who was second in the National League MVP vote, won the ward for the second consecutive year and for the sixth time. He played all 162 games for the Reds, hitting .320 with 34 doubles, 36 home runs and 100 RBIs.  Raisel Iglesias was given the Johnny Vander Meer Most Outstanding...
What are the odds Todd Frazier is a Cincinnati Red in 2018? 

What are the odds Todd Frazier is a Cincinnati Red in 2018? 

Todd Frazier loved playing for his hometown New York Yankees. He loved making the American League Championship Series more. But with the “baby bomber” movement in Bronx, the 31-year-old Frazier opted for free agency. Does that mean the Reds have a shot at him? Right now the Cincinnati isn’t in the conversation. Frazier told MLB Network Radio on Sirius he’d like to return...
Jim Kelch won’t be returning to Cincinnati Reds broadcast booth

Jim Kelch won’t be returning to Cincinnati Reds broadcast booth

Jim Kelch, the venerable play-by-play announcer for the Cincinnati Reds since 2010, won’t be in the booth in 2018, according to the Peoria Journal-Star.  Kelch, a Peoria native, had announced Reds games on both television and radio since joining the team. He was given a major league promotion after calling the Reds triple-A affiliate Lousville prior to joining the Reds. Kelch was one of...
Cincinnati Reds announce next Hall of Fame inductee

Cincinnati Reds announce next Hall of Fame inductee

Adam Dunn is set to be the next player inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.  He was picked through the modern player ballot via votes by Reds alumni, select media members and fans.  Dunn is one of the greatest power hitters in Reds history, clubbing 270 homers as a Red from 2001-08.  He is fourth on the team’s career list, trailing Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and Frank...
Top prospects Senzel, Greene scheduled to appear at annual Redsfest

Top prospects Senzel, Greene scheduled to appear at annual Redsfest

Major pieces of the Cincinnati Reds’ future will be front and center at downtown Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. Infielder Nick Senzel, Cincinnati’s 2016 top draft pick, and pitcher and Sports Illustrated cover boy Hunter Greene, the Reds’ 2017 No. 1 pick, will be among the players on hand to sign autographs, pose for photos and participate...
Could the Cincinnati Reds pull of another huge international signing? 

Could the Cincinnati Reds pull of another huge international signing? 

The Cincinnati Reds are reportedly among those interested in Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese two-way sensation who wants to hit and pitch in the majors next season.  Over the weekend, there was good news on this front when the Associated Press reported reps for Ohtani sent all 30 teams a memo asking for a variety of information, including essentially a sales pitch for the organization.  Why...
Reds claim left-handed reliever off waivers from Indians

Reds claim left-handed reliever off waivers from Indians

The Cincinnati Reds on Monday claimed left-handed pitcher Kyle Crockett off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. Crockett, 25, was drafted by the Indians in the fourth round in 2013. In four seasons, he has a 3.44 ERA in 107 relief appearances. »RELATED: Former Dragons among players added to Reds 40-man roster Crockett spent most of 2017 at Triple-A Columbus, notching a 5-5 record, 3.38 ERA and...
Dennard a go for Bengals; Ross inactive again

Dennard a go for Bengals; Ross inactive again

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard is active for today’s game against the Cleveland Browns despite missing practice Wednesday and Thursday and being limited in Friday’s walk-through, but rookie wide receiver John Ross is inactive for the eighth time in 11 games. Dennard suffered a knee injury in last Sunday’s 20-17 win at Denver, but he was the only Bengals defensive...
Reds great Joe Morgan to Hall of Fame voters: No admittance for steroid users

Reds great Joe Morgan to Hall of Fame voters: No admittance for steroid users

Cincinnati Reds great Joe Morgan is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He does not want to be joined in Cooperstown by anyone strongly associated with performance-enhancing drugs.  The two-time National League MVP second baseman made that clear in a letter sent from the hall of fame to members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who vote on induction.  He went on to define...
Former Dayton Dragons stars among players added to Reds 40-man roster

Former Dayton Dragons stars among players added to Reds 40-man roster

The Cincinnati Reds announced this week they have added six players to their 40-man roster.  Alex Blandino, Shed Long, Jose Lopez, Jesus Reyes, Jose Siri and Zach Weiss are now protected from being selected in the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 14.  Siri and Long are among the top 10 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America.  An outfielder from the Dominican Republic, Siri...
Changes to MLB schedule won’t bring back Cincinnati tradition

Changes to MLB schedule won’t bring back Cincinnati tradition

Every MLB team will open the season on the same day in 2018, but the first pitch still won’t be thrown in Cincinnati.  According to a press release from ESPN, the Cubs and Marlins will play at 12:30 p.m. on opening day while the Reds list the start time of their home game against the Washington Nationals as 4:10 that afternoon.  The first game being held in Cincinnati was a tradition...
Sports Today: What will Bengals do with new lease on life?

Sports Today: What will Bengals do with new lease on life?

The Cincinnati Bengals got a new lease on life with their win in Denver on Sunday.  Or at least a stay of execution.  Whichever way you prefer to view it, they are in much better shape than if they had lost.  And believe it or not, improved play from the offensive line is a factor!  Maybe the limited snaps the offense is getting are a blessing in disguise. Fewer plays mean...
Check out the new Cincinnati Reds throwback batting practice caps

Check out the new Cincinnati Reds throwback batting practice caps

Cincinnati Reds fans now know when their team will begin 2018 spring training.  Now they can see what their favorite players will be wearing on their heads.  The team revealed on Instagram plans to wear caps that will be a combination of old- and new-school looks: The classic old script ‘C’ with the intense colors that are all the rage these days in design. 
Cincinnati Reds announce when pitchers and catchers report, first day of spring training

Cincinnati Reds announce when pitchers and catchers report, first day of spring training

Cincinnati Reds fans itching for the return of baseball have an official date to look forward to in 2018.  Reds pitchers and catchers are invited to report Feb. 13, and the first workout is scheduled for Feb. 14.  Position players are to report Feb. 18 with the first full-squad workout a day later.  The first Reds spring training game will be Feb. 23 against the Indians.  All 30...
Former Reds third baseman one of 19 new candidates up for Hall of Fame

Former Reds third baseman one of 19 new candidates up for Hall of Fame

Former Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is one of 19 new candidates on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. Rolen, who played for the Reds from 2009-12, is one of only four third basemen (George Brett, Chipper Jones and Adrian Beltre are the others) in Major League history with at least 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,200 RBI. He’s the only...
Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

This weekend the Cincinnati Bengals actually play a team in a worse funk than they are.  The Broncos are only 2.5-point favorites despite playing at home against a team that has lost two in a row and three of its last four games.  This has all the earmarks of an ugly slugfest between two teams that have major issues on offense and pretty good defenses.  The Bengals are No. 22 over at ...
Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto runner-up in National League MVP voting

Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto runner-up in National League MVP voting

Joey Votto’s masterpiece 2017 season was not rewarded Thursday with the National League Most Valuable Player Award. The Cincinnati Reds first baseman finished two points shy of winner Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. They both had 10 first-place votes. Stanton won the total vote, 302-300. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt finished a distant...
Report: San Francisco Giants interested in Reds’ Billy Hamilton

Report: San Francisco Giants interested in Reds’ Billy Hamilton

The Cincinnati Reds might have a suitor if they decide trade Billy Hamilton this winter.  With the annual general manager meetings taking place this week, J.P. Morosi reports the San Francisco Giants “have shown interest” in the speedy centerfielder.  Their reason makes plenty of sense as Hamilton has proven to be one of the best defenders in the game even though he keeps getting...
Cincinnati Reds: Where will Nick Senzel play next season?

Cincinnati Reds: Where will Nick Senzel play next season?

One of the biggest stories of 2018 for the Cincinnati Reds figures to be the role of Nick Senzel.  Their top prospect had a strong season between advanced Single-A and Double-A last season, leaving some to wonder if the third baseman might even break camp with the big club next year.  Reds general manager Dick Williams said during an appearance on the Reds Hot Stove League radio show last...
Sports Today: Can Bengals, Buckeyes bounce back? Weekend forecast

Sports Today: Can Bengals, Buckeyes bounce back? Weekend forecast

The Cincinnati Bengals begin the second half of their season this week in Tennessee, but it’s hard to imagine Marvin Lewis’ team creating any beautiful music while they’re down there.  The 5-3 Titans aren’t great, but what signs of life have the Bengals shown? (Aside from this.) Lewis insisted he saw progress from the offense last week even as they had arguably one of...
Reds catcher Barnhart on Gold Glove: ‘It means everything’

Reds catcher Barnhart on Gold Glove: ‘It means everything’

Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart planned to celebrate his Gold Glove win Tuesday by going home and giving his newborn son Tatum a kiss on the cheek. Earlier in the evening, Barnhart and his wife Sierra had their second date night since the birth of Tatum in August. They attended an Indiana Pacers game. The rest of the night might have consisted of Barnhart sizing...
Reds legend Foster to replace Carew at Heart Institute of Dayton event

Reds legend Foster to replace Carew at Heart Institute of Dayton event

Cincinnati Reds legend George Foster will replace Hall of Famer Rod Carew as the speaker at tonight’s Schear Family Heart in Sports Community Conversation Series at 7 p.m. at the Dayton Marriott. Carew, who had a heart transplant in December, was unable to travel after being hospitalized with a slight fever, according to a statement from his office. “Rod Carew is very sorry as he was really...
Reds catcher Barnhart on Gold Glove win: ‘It’s as good as it gets’

Reds catcher Barnhart on Gold Glove win: ‘It’s as good as it gets’

Tucker Barnhart became the first Cincinnati Reds catcher since Johnny Bench to win a Gold Glove Award, beating out two of the game’s biggest stars, the San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina, on Tuesday night. “It’s as good as it gets for me,” said Barnhart on ESPN after the award was announced. “I’m a defensive-first...
Cincinnati Reds’ top pick Hunter Greene shares picture from U.S. Military Academy

Cincinnati Reds’ top pick Hunter Greene shares picture from U.S. Military Academy

Cincinnati Reds first-round draft pick Hunter Greene finished last season in Billings, Mont.  His next professional baseball stop (after spring training) may be Dayton.  What’s he doing in between?  Well, it looks like he’s spending part of his November with the United States Military Academy at West Point.  The highly touted pitcher/shortstop shared a picture of the...
Sports Today: Marvin Lewis’ predictably uninspiring prescription for a Bengals turnaround

Sports Today: Marvin Lewis’ predictably uninspiring prescription for a Bengals turnaround

Marvin Lewis met with the media in Cincinnati yesterday and confirmed there’s not much reason to be excited about the rest of the Bengals season.  “We’ve got enough ability to get it done, but we got to go do it,” he said when asked why he believes this team has what it needs to make a run in the second half of the season.  Well, glad that’s settled! ...
Cincinnati Reds: MVP finalist Votto most proud of his defense in 2017

Cincinnati Reds: MVP finalist Votto most proud of his defense in 2017

Joey Votto doesn’t want to toot his own when it comes to Most Valuable Player Award. He doesn’t need to anyway. The Cincinnati Reds know how to promote their star player, and the people who know baseball, who look beyond the most obvious stats and don’t penalize Votto for playing for a last-place team, realize what he accomplished in 2017. Minutes after Votto was named a finalist...
Votto one of three finalists for MVP

Votto one of three finalists for MVP

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is one of three finalists for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, Major League Baseball announced Monday. The winner will be announced at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16 on the MLB Network. Votto is going up against Paul Goldschmidt, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Giancarlo Stanton, of the Miami Marlins. “It’s very exciting,” Votto said, &ldquo...
Former Red on Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Former Red on Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Former Cincinnati Red Dave Parker is one of 10 people on the Modern Baseball Era ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Former players Parker, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Jack Morris, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant, Alan Trammel and executive Marvin Miller are candidates the Modern Era Baseball Committee will consider for election in the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. »RELATED...
Reports: Cincinnati Reds will not extend qualifying offer to Zack Cozart

Reports: Cincinnati Reds will not extend qualifying offer to Zack Cozart

Zack Cozart will not receive a qualifying offer from the Cincinnati Reds, per multiple reports.  The 32-year-old shortstop is coming off his first All-Star season as he heads into free agency for the first time.  The team had the option of offering a one-year, $17 million deal to Cozart.  That may have made him less attractive to other potential suitors and be more money than they want...
Reds lose pair of players via waivers, send two others to Triple-A

Reds lose pair of players via waivers, send two others to Triple-A

The Cincinnati Reds lost a pair of players Friday via waivers. The Miami Marlins claimed catcher Chad Wallach and the Seattle Mariners claimed infielder Zach Vincej. Both players spent nearly all of the 2017 season with in Triple-A with the Louisville Bats. Wallach, 25, hit .226 with nine home runs and 18 RBI in 64 games with Louisville. He made two starts with the Reds and had one hit in 11 at-bats...
Baseball bans former Braves GM Coppolella for life 

Baseball bans former Braves GM Coppolella for life 

Former Braves general manager John Coppolella has been banned for life by Major League Baseball as part of discipline handed down by the league Tuesday for major infractions committed in the international free-agent market. In addition, special assistant Gordon Blakeley has been suspended for one year. In handing down the punishment, the league announced that Braves will forfeit rights to 13 international...
Dayton native, former Cincinnati Reds player, dies

Dayton native, former Cincinnati Reds player, dies

A Dayton native and former Cincinnati Reds player who also was a member of the 1955 World Series Champion Brooklyn Dodgers has died. Bob “Bush” Borkowski, who resided in old north Dayton, died Nov. 18 at the age of 91. Borkowski, a pitcher turned outfielder, spent most of his six seasons in Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs and the Reds. Toward the end of his career in 1955,...
Joey Votto lost the closest MVP race in 38 years, and Reds fans are not amused

Joey Votto lost the closest MVP race in 38 years, and Reds fans are not amused

Joey Votto delivered a masterpiece of a season for the last-place Cincinnati Reds this year, but he finished second in the race for Major League Baseball’s National League Most Valuable Player. And Reds nation is not happy. It was the closest MVP race since 1979, as Votto finished only two points behind Florida Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton in voting by the Baseball Writer’s...
Reds promote two more rookie pitchers

Reds promote two more rookie pitchers

The Reds have added to their stock of rookie arms in the big leagues.  Cincinnati recalled pitcher Keury Mella and selected pitcher Deck McGuire from Class-AA Pensacola on Tuesday. In other moves, the team reactivated outfielder Jesse Winker from the 10-day disabled list and designated pitcher Barrett Astin for assignment.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
All rise: Sonia Sotomayor watches Yankee's game from 'The Judge's Chambers'

All rise: Sonia Sotomayor watches Yankee's game from 'The Judge's Chambers'

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited New York’s Yankee Stadium to watch her beloved team take on the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, and it only made sense that she found herself right at-home in “The Judge’s Chambers.” Sotomayor, a Bronx-native, took a seat in the rooting section named for rookie Aaron Judge as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-2, The Washington Post...
Check out what Joey Votto did for 6-year-old cancer patient during Reds game

Check out what Joey Votto did for 6-year-old cancer patient during Reds game

Joey Votto wrote another chapter in his growing legacy as one of the greats on and off the field Thursday.  The Cincinnati slugger hit a home run to right-center field in the seventh inning against the Mets then handed his bat to a youngster in the front row.  That fan, 6-year-old Walter Herbert, is a Votto fan who is battling stage four high-risk neuroblastoma.  He also gave Walter...
Sports Today: Almost time to see this revamped Ohio State offense

Sports Today: Almost time to see this revamped Ohio State offense

Ohio State football begins the 2017 season this week, and Indiana presents an appropriate opponent given the biggest story of the offseason: Revamping the Buckeyes offense.  This would be true even if Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator weren’t the Hoosiers’ old coach, but of course that adds another interesting layer to the proceedings set for Bloomington on Thursday night...
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Writers are told not to use exclamation points often, if at all, but today I’m making an exception because there is nothing like high school football in Ohio.  The season is only one day old, and we already have some surprising results.  Fairmont ended 13 years of misery by upsetting rival Alter 13-12 last night in the Battle of Kettering.  While that is undoubtedly a big...
Reds notes: Votto marks 10 years of service time

Reds notes: Votto marks 10 years of service time

Joey Votto walked into the Reds Great American Ball Park clubhouse before Thursday’s three-game series finale against the Chicago Cubs and Rob Butcher, the club’s vice president of media relations, greeted him with a “Congratulations, Joey.” The Reds’ first baseman responded with a smile, “Now I get my full pension.” Votto officially reached 10 years of major...
Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

The Cincinnati Reds are really working hard to erase all the positives they established in the first half of the season.  OK, that’s probably overstating it a bit. Maybe.  As things stand, they still have proven they have solid-or-better players at all eight every-day positions with Jesse Winker still a wild card and Nick Senzel on the way.  The overburdened bullpen has had some...
Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Luis Castillo was lifted after four innings Sunday because of a high early pitch count and took the loss, but he gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in four innings.  In the shortest of his 12 starts with the Reds, the rookie showed he can battle. That is a trait that has been sorely lacking from many of the youngsters Cincinnati has taken a look at so far on the mound this season...
Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Was that a wild time in Chicago for the Reds or what?  Too bad the series is over because it’s anyone’s guess what insanity might have happened if there were a rubber match in the Friendly Confines today.  What else can you say when a series goes 15-5, 2-1, 7-6 and 13-10?  The Reds earned a split in improbable fashion Thursday with Phil Ervin’s 2-run homer proving...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

The training camp performances of a pair of rookie pass rushers indicate the Cincinnati Bengals knew what they were doing when they waited until the third and fourth rounds to address that area of need in the draft.  Jordan Willis is in the spotlight today after Carl Lawson hogged it for much of the early part of camp (not to mention offseason workouts).  At 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, Lawson...
Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Unless it costs them a slot in the draft next summer, the Reds' 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night doesn't mean anything.  But it sure was fun.  Tight. Tense. Tremendous.  Unless you hate pitcher's duels, this one had everything.  An exciting young starter (Luis Castillo) making a strong appearance at an iconic ballpark against the defending World Series champions...
Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Cincinnati Bengals fans, the long wait for preseason game No. 1 ends tonight with Marvin Lewis’ team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Jay Morrison already laid out his six things to watch tonight and hit all the most important aspects of the game I can see, such as they are when the outcome doesn’t matter.  I am with Jay in wanting to see how Trey Hopkins performs on the offensive...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

If you’re really into the whole, “Hunter Greene is the next face of baseball,” thing, well, last night was a good night for you.  The Reds’ first-round draft pick made his professional debut last night in Billings, Mont., and he stroked a two-run triple for his first hit as a Mustang.  Greene is a prospect as a pitcher and a shortstop, but he got his feet wet...
Former MLB star Don Baylor dies at 68

Former MLB star Don Baylor dies at 68

Former major-league baseball star Don Baylor died Monday morning after a long struggle with multiple myeloma. He was 68. Baylor died at 4:25 a.m. Monday at St. David’s South Hospital in his native Austin, Texas, his son confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman. Baylor graduated from Austin High School as one of the first African-Americans to attend the school and the very first to play...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Second Thoughts: Another disgusting chapter in the life of Pete Rose

Second Thoughts: Another disgusting chapter in the life of Pete Rose

I took Jill to the Celtic Festival last week. It was a nice event in downtown Dayton. There was good music, tasty food and overpriced draft beer. Had a great time. Didn’t see any Lakers fans, though. Pete Rose will never get a bronze plaque in Cooperstown, but he has secured his spot in the Sleaze Hall of Fame. First ballot all the way. Last week’s revelation that Rose cozied up to a 16-year-old...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Should we put the Twitter machine to bed when we’re in the middle of an interview?  Yeah, probably. Not that we will. Or can?  These are thoughts I had when I saw Texas coach Tom Herman (a Cincinnati-born former Ohio State assistant) is banning social media posts from reporters while they talk to his guys.  I may be in the minority, but I don't hate this at all.  I wasn't...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

The star of day four of Cincinnati Bengals training camp was Joe Mixon if social media is any indication.  He put on a show at practice, reminding everyone he has a unique blend of size, speed and open-field elusiveness.  Mixon moves very fluidly, especially for a 228-pounder.  If he can give the Bengals a breakaway runner to go with the vertical receiving threats of A.J. Green and...
Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals got going over the weekend down on the riverfront and…. so far, so good.  On offense, the big story was thought to be Tyler Eifert and John Ross getting clean bills of health.  Then everyone saw Giovani Bernard looking like, well, Giovani Bernard despite having ACL surgery less than eight months ago.  This is a huge development for a team with...
Reds Hall of Famer Lee May dies at age 74

Reds Hall of Famer Lee May dies at age 74

Cincinnati Reds fans are mourning as Reds Hall-of-Famer Lee May has died. He was 74. The Reds organization issued a statement, extending condolences to the family, friends and former teammates of Lee May, who played for the home team from 1965 to 1971. "We are deeply saddened to lose the Big Bopper,” Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum said in a prepared statement...
Hartsock: DeSclafani sharp in rehab start

Hartsock: DeSclafani sharp in rehab start

It’s a long way from low-A to the Major Leagues, but Anthony DeSclafani took a step toward rejoining the Reds rotation with a rehab start for the Dayton Dragons on Saturday night. DeSclafani gave up one hit and struck out six batters in four innings of work against on the road at Fort Wayne TinCaps. The right-hander threw 46 pitches, 33 of them for strikes, and faced 14 hitters. DeSclafani suffered...
Cincinnati Reds college weekend to include Dayton, Xavier, Kentucky and more

Cincinnati Reds college weekend to include Dayton, Xavier, Kentucky and more

If you have ever wanted a Cincinnati Reds hat with the University of Dayton logo on it, now is your chance to get one.  For the second consecutive year, the Reds are holding a college weekend in late summer (Aug. 25-27).  For the first time, Dayton is part of the fun.  Per the Reds:  Dayton joins the University of Cincinnati, Xavier, Thomas More, Kentucky and Northern Kentucky...
Hartsock: Reds prospect closing in on Midwest League record

Hartsock: Reds prospect closing in on Midwest League record

Jose Siri didn’t waste any time extending his hitting streak in Lansing on Wednesday night. The Dragons outfielder slammed the first pitch of the game over the left field wall, pushing the longest streak in baseball this season to 31 games. The blast was Siri’s 17th home run of the season, and the 11th since the streak began on June 22nd. It was also the 10th time in the 31 games that...
Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Welcome to what counts around here (and this is my column) as the official start of football season: The first day of Big Ten football media days.  The Bengals formally start the season tomorrow with a media luncheon (more on them later), and we’ve got our series of the best high school football players from many area schools going strong.  Later this week, I’m heading to Canton...
Sports Today: The Pete Rose-John Dowd lawsuit defies belief

Sports Today: The Pete Rose-John Dowd lawsuit defies belief

Today’s top headline is a reminder spite can be a very dangerous thing.  If you know literally the first thing about defamation suits involving public figures, the fact a judge could agree someone might have defamed Pete Rose is stunning.  This someone went to law school, no less.  It borders on unbelievable this could happen.  That is because in the case of public figures...
Sports Today: What a ‘Nationals disaster’ weekend means for the Reds

Sports Today: What a ‘Nationals disaster’ weekend means for the Reds

The end of the first half of the MLB season put a huge dent in the Cincinnati Reds chances of squeaking into contention in the division earlier than expected.  The beginning of the second half is a reminder how far they are from actually being any kind of postseason threat.  At times over the weekend the Reds and Washington Nationals looked like they might be playing a different sport. ...
Lebanon fights off Mason, will meet West Side for District 9 title

Lebanon fights off Mason, will meet West Side for District 9 title

It was almost a run-rule victory for Lebanon’s 12-year-old all-stars. Then it was almost a crushing defeat. Lebanon went through an emotional gauntlet Sunday before holding off Mason 11-10 in seven innings in the losers’ bracket final of the District 9 Little League baseball tournament at West Side. “Oh, we were sweating,” Lebanon coach Kelby Bittman said with a smile. &ldquo...

Just ask Siri: Outfielder’s hit helps Dragons in win

Jose Siri said he’s been a leader on every team he’s been on and doesn’t have any nerves in tight situations. He put those qualities on display again on Sunday against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. With two runners in scoring position and Dayton trailing by a run in the sixth inning, Siri hit a single to right field that gave Dayton the lead for good in a 5-4 win. It’s the third...
Pete Rose’s record-breaking ball sells for $403K

Pete Rose’s record-breaking ball sells for $403K

The ball Pete Rose smashed to left center field for his record-breaking hit No. 4,192 sold Saturday for more than $403,000 on Leland’s Auctions. Rose drove the ball for a single on Sept. 11, 1985, at the former Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati to break the record of lifetime hits set by Ty Cobb in 1910. The ball comes with documentation, including copies of a notarized letter signed by Cincinnati...
Future of AL Central promising for Indians

Future of AL Central promising for Indians

Cleveland hasn’t dominated the AL Central as it was expected to in 2017, but the outlook of the division is encouraging.  The Detroit Tigers, a formidable foe for the last decade, might finally wave the white flag. Justin Verlander is becoming a more serious trade candidate, according to Jeff Passan at Yahoo.com, and the team could finally commence a rebuild. Verlander hasn’t asked...
Reds’ Joey Votto facing uphill battle for All-Star bid

Reds’ Joey Votto facing uphill battle for All-Star bid

Joey Votto is fifth among National League first basemen in All-Star voting, but the Reds aren’t slowing their campaign for the first baseman. Votto is third among qualifiers in batting average (.304) and hits (84), trailing leader Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals and Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks in both categories. His 55 runs and .414 OBP are second only to Goldschmidt (68, .443). ...
Cincinnati Reds: 7 things to know about Bronson Arroyo’s career

Cincinnati Reds: 7 things to know about Bronson Arroyo’s career

Bronson Arroyo sat down earlier this season in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse with a member of the media and told stories about random former teammates as their names were pulled out of a hat. Arroyo went on and on about each of the 10 players whose names were read. Arroyo will go into the Reds Hall of Fame someday for his pitching accomplishments, but he could easily be inducted for his quotes alone...
WATCH: Dayton Dragons celebrate the moment they made the playoffs

WATCH: Dayton Dragons celebrate the moment they made the playoffs

The Dayton Dragons blew off some steam in the locker room in Ft. Wayne on Friday night after earning a spot in the Midwest League playoffs for the first time since 2011. The Dragons started the weekend road trip with a magic number of two to lock up second place in the Eastern Division in the first half of the season. Luis Bolivar’s team cut that down to one with a win over the TinCaps on Friday...
Reds face another decision with starting rotation this week

Reds face another decision with starting rotation this week

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was designated for assignment Sunday one day after he allowed five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in a 10-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wojciechowski had started four games and made two relief appearances since being promoted to the Reds on May 20. His ERA climbed to 6.75 Saturday as the Reds lost their eighth straight game. They play the Dodgers again...
Reds honor Scooter Gennett with bevy of gifts

Reds honor Scooter Gennett with bevy of gifts

The Cincinnati Reds celebrated one of the greatest offensive performances in baseball history Friday, honoring Scooter Gennett 10 days after he hit four home runs and drove in 10 runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. In a pregame ceremony at Great American Ball Park, the Reds replayed Gennett’s four home runs on the big screen as he watched with General Manager Dick Williams and Chief...
WATCH: Scooter Gennett makes Reds history with four home runs in one game

WATCH: Scooter Gennett makes Reds history with four home runs in one game

Scooter Gennett became the first player in the long history of the Cincinnati Reds to hit four home runs in a game Tuesday in a 13-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park. Gennett not only made Reds history, he made baseball history. He’s the first player to go 5-for-5 with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Gennett’s night started with an RBI single in the first...
Cozart moves up in All-Star voting

Cozart moves up in All-Star voting

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart moved from third to second in voting for the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced Monday. With 547,750 votes, Cozart trails only the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager (604,783). Cozart passed the Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell (537,688). Since the release of the first voting update last week, Cozart has received 283,234 votes. Seager has received...
One Cincinnati Reds player among leaders in All-Star voting

One Cincinnati Reds player among leaders in All-Star voting

No shortstop in the National League has played better than Zack Cozart, but he ranks third at that position in voting for the National League All-Star team. He was the only Cincinnati Reds player to make the first list of leaders released Tuesday. With 264,516 votes, Cozart trails the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager (399,347) and the Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell (379,640). Cozart leads...
Phillips making himself right at home with Braves

Phillips making himself right at home with Braves

Brandon Phillips really needs to pick up his game. Admittedly, he has been slacking off. Not giving his all. Disappointing the fans. Even his mother is on his case. “Since I’ve been here,” said the second baseman who joined the Braves this spring, “I haven’t been on Twitter as much as I want to. My mom said, ‘You got to get back on Twitter like you normally do....
Dragons-Whitecaps: First-place showdown at Fifth Third Field

Dragons-Whitecaps: First-place showdown at Fifth Third Field

It’s been a while since the Dayton Dragons have been involved in a “big” series at any time during a season, but that’s exactly what will unfold down at Fifth Third Field this weekend. The West Michigan Whitecaps roll into town for a four-game series over the holiday weekend. The Detroit Tigers affiliate is now the frontrunner in the Midwest League’s East Division with...
West goes 9 innings to edge Centerville, earn spot in regional final

West goes 9 innings to edge Centerville, earn spot in regional final

After failing to capitalize more than a few times with runners in scoring position, the Lakota West High School baseball team got a little help to push the winning runs across. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Bryce Johnson’s one-out double on a hit-and-run became the catalyst for a two-base error, allowing Frankie Schmitt and Johnson to score the go-ahead runs. The score...
After cousin Archie Miller left for Indiana, Friedl finds home with Dragons

After cousin Archie Miller left for Indiana, Friedl finds home with Dragons

T.J. Friedl was looking forward to playing in Dayton this season since he’d already lined up a place to live. The Dragons leadoff hitter was going to stay with his cousin until the cousin took a new job out of town. That cousin is former Dayton Flyers head coach Archie Miller, who left for Bloomington, Ind. two weeks before the Dragons opened the season. Friedl found a new place to live and...
Reds shortstop playing through wrist pain

Reds shortstop playing through wrist pain

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart won’t start Sunday in the series finale against the Colorado Rockies. He entered the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park this morning with a black brace on his left wrist. The lingering wrist pain he has experienced since early April isn’t the reason he’s resting today. He planned to rest today no matter how he was feeling. He missed two...

Peltier leads Eagles on the diamond

Ryan Peltier has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. He’s been the starting quarterback for the CJ Eagles since his sophomore year, but the junior saves his best for the baseball field. “Football, you only get that one chance on Friday nights to prove yourself,” Peltier said. “With baseball you get multiple chances in a week to get wins and play good and have fun...
Cincinnati Reds send another rookie starter to Triple-A

Cincinnati Reds send another rookie starter to Triple-A

The Cincinnati Reds optioned starting pitcher Rookie Davis to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday and will make a corresponding roster move before the start of their series against the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday. Davis, a rookie right-hander, struggled in his last start Monday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 10-4 loss to the New York Yankees. Davis was scheduled...
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