Cincinnati Reds


5 takeaways from Reds’ 6-4 win over Indians in exhibition opener

5 takeaways from Reds’ 6-4 win over Indians in exhibition opener

The Reds “visited’ the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark to open Cactus League play. They took a 6-4 victory home 9/10 of a mile to their own end of the complex. It is the first of a 32-game baseball refresher course, a time to get into baseball shape. Most of the guys came to Arizona in peak physical condition with very few injuries to worry about. MORE REDS COVERAGE » Finnegan...
Reds go with familiar lineup for Cactus League opener

Reds go with familiar lineup for Cactus League opener

The lineup the Reds used in Friday’s Cactus League opener against the Cleveland Indians could be one they use during the season. It featured Billy Hamilton leading off and playing center field. Eugenio Suarez played third base and batted second followed by Joey Votto at first, Scooter Gennett at second, Adam Duvall in left field, Scott Schebler in right, Jose Peraza at shortstop and Tucker Barnhart...
Sports Today: Busy lineup includes Wright State, Dayton, Ohio State and Reds

Sports Today: Busy lineup includes Wright State, Dayton, Ohio State and Reds

After a slow couple of days, Friday is jam-packed with local sports goodness.  It starts, believe it or not, at 11 a.m. with Wright State playing at IUPUI.  The Raiders remain in a first-place tie with Northern Kentucky, who plays at UIC tonight.  A Wright State win and an NKU loss means the Raiders are at least Horizon League co-champs and they will be the No. 1 seed in the conference...
5 things to know as Reds start Cactus League play

5 things to know as Reds start Cactus League play

The Cactus League opens Friday as the Reds and Indians meet to kick off the rust of winter. Players compete for their baseball lives this time of year and now they have to do it in a bigger hurry. That’s because spring training is a few days shorter. Believe it or not, the Reds open the season against the Nationals on March, 29. Meanwhile, Joe Torre is sweeping through all 30 spring training...
Reds: Ex-Dragon Long competing at second base

Reds: Ex-Dragon Long competing at second base

Shed Long loved football, Auburn football to be exact, but at 5-foot-8 and 184 pounds, the former Dayton Dragon decided baseball was his destiny. Blessed with exceptional athletic ability, Shedrick Bernard Long played football at Jacksonville High School near Talladega Alabama, where his father, also named Shed, was a police officer. Long played slot back and cornerback. MORE REDS COVERAGE »...
Cincinnati Reds add another young pitcher

Cincinnati Reds add another young pitcher

The Cincinnati Reds made a roster move Wednesday, acquiring Miguel Medrano from the Texas Rangers.  He is a right-handed pitcher who is headed to the Reds’ affiliated in the Dominican Summer League.  He spent the last two seasons in that league, where 10 of his 15 appearances were starts.  Medrano went 5-1 last season with a 2.75 ERA. He struck out 61 and walked only seven in...
Sports Today: Basketball is fun again for Flyers, Buckeyes

Sports Today: Basketball is fun again for Flyers, Buckeyes

Basketball is officially fun again for the Flyers and Buckeyes — at least for another few days.  Dayton and Ohio State both got back into the winning column last night, games that had very different importances.  Obviously, the Flyers needed to win in order to keep hope alive for a winning season. The odds might still be against it, but long odds are better than none.  Beyond...
Hartsock: 5 things to know from Tuesday at Reds spring training

Hartsock: 5 things to know from Tuesday at Reds spring training

  BRRRRR: A chilly day in Goodyear with the temperature near 40 degrees in the morning under clear blue skies. On the bright side it was picture day so the workout started a little later. Among the photos, the guys got to pose for their 2018 Topps trading card.   No. 11 as manager?: Barry Larkin with an interesting comment about his future. The Hall of Famer said some of the minor league...
Cincinnati Reds: Barry Larkin muses about managing hometown team

Cincinnati Reds: Barry Larkin muses about managing hometown team

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin is entering his third season as a special assistant to the team’s general manager.  Could he some day do more?  The Cincinnati native did not rule out some day managing the Reds when asked Tuesday in Arizona.  The Reds, of course, have a manager already in Bryan Price, but the prospect of Larkin assuming that role some day was...
Reds pitcher making strides with help from teammate

Reds pitcher making strides with help from teammate

Cody Reed’s obvious talents have yet to lead to major-league success. That’s where fellow pitcher Michael Lorenzen enters the picture. Lorenzen’s locker is a few feet from Reed’s and the two talk a lot. It appears Lorenzen has been able to turn the light switch on for Reed, who does not want to be remembered as the guy the Reds got for Johnny Cueto who didn’t produce...
WATCH: Reds’ Joey Votto: ‘We owe the baseball fans in Cincinnati a much, much better show’

WATCH: Reds’ Joey Votto: ‘We owe the baseball fans in Cincinnati a much, much better show’

The Cincinnati Reds had their first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Monday. Here are five things to know. 1. Reds first baseman Joey Votto says he wants to win, “not one, but two rings before I leave.” I guess that means the 11-year veteran needs to get busy. Votto had a lot to say in a wide-ranging interview after practice. “As a Reds fan and player, I’m so tired...
Sports Today: Joey Votto says what everyone is thinking

Sports Today: Joey Votto says what everyone is thinking

Joey Votto proved again he is the greatest by not only saying a bunch of cool stuff but waiting until Monday to do it so it wouldn’t get lost over a three-day weekend.  The Cincinnati Reds first baseman sounded like one part fan, one part player, one part owner and all wise man in his first comments of this season.  Joey Votto on current state of Reds: “Something has to...
Joey Votto on current state of Reds: ‘Something has to start changing and going in a different direction’

Joey Votto on current state of Reds: ‘Something has to start changing and going in a different direction’

Who is that fat man on first base? Reds first baseman Joey Votto thought more of him was better. “I tried to get fatter (over the offseason) and I succeeded at that apparently,” Votto said after taking his physical on Sunday as position players reported for spring training. “We did all the tests and I’m fatter.” The five-time All Star spent more time away from the game...
Cincinnati Reds: 5 things to know Monday’s first full-squad workout

Cincinnati Reds: 5 things to know Monday’s first full-squad workout

It’s a crowded Sunday at the Reds complex in Goodyear, Arizona as position players reported for physicals ahead of Monday’s first full-squad workout. Here are 5 things to know as the Reds get back to work. In past years Bryan Price came to camp knowing who his opening day starter was going to be and the manager wasn’t afraid to make it public. That wasn’t the case when he was...
Reds’ Barnhart treasures Gold Glove Award, seeks repeat

Reds’ Barnhart treasures Gold Glove Award, seeks repeat

The Cincinnati Reds had an All-Star catcher in Devin Mesoraco, but they struck gold with a 10th-round draft pick when their star was hurt. Tucker Barnhart will accept the Rawlings Gold Glove Award as the National League’s best defensive catcher before a regular-season home game. The Brownsburg, Indiana native became the third Reds catcher to win the award, joining Johnny Edwards, who won two...

Reds pitcher Finnegan confident he’ll return to form

There is a thin line between confidence and swagger. Brandon Finnegan straddles it. The most productive pitcher from the Johnny Cueto trade with Kansas City, Finnegan does everything full speed. He pitched in the major leagues the year he was drafted. He is the only player to pitch in the College World Series and the World Series the same season. He made the transition from bullpen to starter the...
Reds minor leaguer suspended 50 games

Reds minor leaguer suspended 50 games

Cincinnati pitcher Jake Ehret has been suspended for the first 50 games of the season under baseball’s minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Ehret, a 24-year-old right-hander, is on the roster of Triple-A Louisville of the International League after going 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA in 36 relief appearances last year at Class A Daytona of the Florida State League...
Ex-Dragon Mahle ready for a run at Reds rotation

Ex-Dragon Mahle ready for a run at Reds rotation

Former Dayton Dragons pitcher Tyler Mahle hopes to continue his fast rise to the majors this spring. Reds manager Bryan Price has identified the 23-year-old right-hander as one of four who will compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. »RELATED: Reds changing plans for top prospect? »RELATED: Reds open spring training with hope for solid rotation »RELATED: Reds give Castillo...
New Reds reliever fails physical; team picks up infielder

New Reds reliever fails physical; team picks up infielder

Reliever Jeff Manship failed his physical and his contract with the Cincinnati Reds was voided Thursday, according to a release from the team. Manship was signed last week by the Reds. He played for Cleveland in 2016 where he had a 3.12 ERA while appearing in 53 games. He played for the Korea Baseball Organization in 2017. The team signed veteran infielder Cliff Pennington to a minor league deal....
Reds’ DeSclafani takes another crack at a healthy season

Reds’ DeSclafani takes another crack at a healthy season

All the Reds’ pitchers and catchers have reported in good health. This is the first time in three seasons that Anthony DeSclafani feels like he’s 100 percent as spring training begins. “Everything feels good,” DeSclafani said. “I had a normal off-season.” It’s been a painful couple of years for the right-hander. »RELATED: Reds changing plans for top...
Sports Today: Reds already changing plans for top prospect?

Sports Today: Reds already changing plans for top prospect?

Let this be the first of what could be many Nick Senzel updates as the Cincinnati Reds go through spring training.  The team’s top prospect, who tore it up in Dayton two years ago before dominating at two levels last season, is in camp with the big leaguers and figures to get a look at multiple positions.  He probably won’t make the team, but that doesn’t mean we can&rsquo...
Reds give Castillo a rotation spot, and now it’s up to him

Reds give Castillo a rotation spot, and now it’s up to him

About 48 hours before the 2016 season, the Reds signed veteran pitcher Dan Straily, who had not been able to stick on a major-league roster. Straily, then 27, won 14 games for the last-place Reds, who at the end of the season traded him to the Miami Marlins for a talented pitcher five years younger. Luis Castillo came to the Reds in the deal and was impressive right away in spring training last year...
Sports Today: Happy birthday, Woody Hayes!

Sports Today: Happy birthday, Woody Hayes!

On this day 105 years ago, the patron saint of Ohio State football was born in Greene or Clark County.  Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes famously liked to say folks from one claimed he was from the other, but as a Greene County native I will say we will gladly take him.  A fiery, proud and accomplished man known almost as much for his faults as his strengths, Hayes is a fitting representative...
Bryan Price narrows Cincinnati Reds rotation race as spring training begins

Bryan Price narrows Cincinnati Reds rotation race as spring training begins

The Cincinnati Reds reported for spring training Tuesday, and manager Bryan Price brought some clarity to the most important situation facing the team between now and Opening Day.  That, of course, is who will be his starting pitchers.  Price had said during the offseason he saw 80 percent of his rotation being set — Luis Castillo, Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Finnegan...
Reds open spring training with hope for solid rotation

Reds open spring training with hope for solid rotation

Bryan Price finished his annual spring training physical Tuesday and handicapped the Reds’ starting rotation for the 2018 season. “The good thing is that it is not open tryouts,” the manager said. “But it’s not a get-your-arm-ready-for-the-season spring training either. This is a competitive group. Lack of preparedness will not bode well for anyone who wants to make the...
Sports Today: Handicapping the rest of the Big Ten race as Reds head to spring training

Sports Today: Handicapping the rest of the Big Ten race as Reds head to spring training

A sleepy Tuesday in February seems like a perfect time to project out the rest of the race.  This is a question that would have seemed crazy a couple of months ago (unless you thought we were talking about the women’s team or the wrestling Bucks), but it is now reality.  The Buckeyes are in first place with two weeks left in the regular season.  If Purdue and Michigan State win...
Brennaman honorary pace car driver at NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway

Brennaman honorary pace car driver at NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway

Radio announcer Marty Brennaman has spent a Hall of Fame career watching the Cincinnati Reds turn left around the bases for the past 44 years. On July 14, he’ll see a different version of turning left. Brennaman will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway during the speedway’s triple-header weekend in July. The...
Hal McCoy: Spring training a happy time, even for teams like the Reds

Hal McCoy: Spring training a happy time, even for teams like the Reds

Spring training is a happy time for major-league baseball teams, even those with little or no chance of playing postseason games. The weather usually is superb, there is little or no pressure on the players because statistics don’t count and wins or losses are meaningless. And after working out in early morning through early afternoon there are golf balls to hit and fish to snag. Spring training...
Cincinnati Reds 2018 projection: On the upswing, but barely

Cincinnati Reds 2018 projection: On the upswing, but barely

Baseball Prospectus has good news and bad for the Cincinnati Reds.  The site’s annual PECOTA projections have the Reds improving over last season but failing to get out of the basement in the National League Central.  The Reds will win 74 games in 2018, which would be six more than last year, but still finish three games behind the Pirates.  The projections have the Cubs...
Former Reds Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce teammates again

Former Reds Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce teammates again

Former Cincinnati Reds Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce are reuniting in the city that never sleeps.  Pending a physical, the New York Mets will sign Frazier, who turns 32 next week, to a two-year contract reportedly worth $17 million.  Frazier split last season between the Chicago White Sox and New York’s other team, the Yankees, hitting 27 home runs with 72 RBIs.  The New Jersey native...
Major League Baseball announces extended netting will be in every ball park this season

Major League Baseball announces extended netting will be in every ball park this season

Major League Baseball fans will find extended netting at every ballpark in the league this season.  That announcement came from the league Thursday morning, roughly two weeks before the start of spring training. “Providing baseball fans with a variety of seating options when they come to the ballpark, including seats behind protective netting, is important,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred...
Best of Hal: Top 25 Cincinnati Reds All-Stars

Best of Hal: Top 25 Cincinnati Reds All-Stars

In 2015, Hal McCoy was in his 40th year of being the team’s beat writer. To mark the return of the Major League All-Star game to Cincinnati that season, Hal listed his top 25 Reds All-Stars up until that season. With pitchers  and catchers reporting soon, here’s Hal’s list.  Position: Catcher  All-Star selections: 14 (1968, 69, 1970, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78...
Sports Today: Beat goes on for Buckeyes against Archie’s Hoosiers

Sports Today: Beat goes on for Buckeyes against Archie’s Hoosiers

I guess renewing the rivalry will have to wait.  Ohio State beat Indiana last night, and it wasn’t much of a contest.  Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes led for all but 1:30 en route to a 71-56 victory that guaranteed a winning Big Ten record in the coach’s first season in Columbus.  The Buckeyes, of course, are thinking of bigger things after Holtmann’s hiring reinvigorated...
Cincinnati Reds roster coming into focus with spring training approaching

Cincinnati Reds roster coming into focus with spring training approaching

The Cincinnati Reds hope the signing of David Hernandez helps compete a couple of pictures for the team in spring training.  Adding the veteran right-handed reliever on a reported two-year deal gives them another reliable arm out of the bullpen and means one more young starter is likely to start the season in Triple-A.  A 32-year-old from California, Hernandez pitched in 64 major-league...
Cincinnati Reds add another pitcher

Cincinnati Reds add another pitcher

The Cincinnati Reds made a minor move Tuesday, signing relief pitcher David Hernandez to a two-year contract.  A 32-year-old from California, Hernandez pitched in 64 major-league games last season, splitting time with the Diamondbacks and Angels.  MLB.com reports he will make $2.5 million per year with performance-based incentives available.  “It was a long offseason,” he...
Cincinnati Reds: 1 on 1 with GM Dick Williams

Cincinnati Reds: 1 on 1 with GM Dick Williams

Before the Cincinnati Reds kicked off their 2018 winter caravan, Cox Media Group Ohio spoke to general manager Dick Williams.  Entering his third season running the club, Williams is excited about the state of the team’s rebuild.  Here are five things he had to say about the state of the Reds — present and future.  “It’s not official yet,” Williams said...
Cincinnati Reds reps talk Nick Senzel, pitching, broadcasting and 1990 memories in first caravan stop 

Cincinnati Reds reps talk Nick Senzel, pitching, broadcasting and 1990 memories in first caravan stop 

The Cincinnati Reds kicked off their 2018 winter caravan Thursday, and the first stop on the northern leg produced a fun Q&A with fans.  We’ve got video from the event and a summary of what was discussed as general manager Dick Williams, broadcasters Jeff Brantley and Jim Day, former first baseman Todd Benzinger, pitcher Amir Garrett and minor-league catcher Tyler Stephenson bantered with...
Sports Today: Ohio State brought back to reality, but what’s next for Buckeyes?

Sports Today: Ohio State brought back to reality, but what’s next for Buckeyes?

All good things must come to an end. Such as it is for Ohio State’s perfect start to Big Ten play.  The Buckeyes lost to Penn State last night mostly because the Nittany Lions got into a groove and had long stretches in which they practically could not miss.  They still needed a miracle shot to win at the buzzer.  (Yes, the officiating was horrible, but that’s college basketball...
Sports Today: Baseball writers get it right on Hall of Fame, for now

Sports Today: Baseball writers get it right on Hall of Fame, for now

I have to concur with the esteemed Hal McCoy in regards to the Baseball Hall of Fame voting: The BBWAA did a nice job this year in choosing Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Those and Trevor Hoffman.  Jones was a great all-around player on some great teams, Guerrero was one of the game’s great talents, Thome hit 600 home runs and Hoffman was one of the premier closers ever. He also...
Cincinnati Reds announce promotional giveaways for coming season

Cincinnati Reds announce promotional giveaways for coming season

Looking for an extra reason to head down to Great American Ball Park this summer to see the Cincinnati Reds in action?  Check out their newly released list of “super Saturday giveaways.”  It’s an interesting mix of old- and new-fashioned items, including the obligatory bobblehead of Tucker Barnhart to commemorate his winning a Gold Glove last season and something called...
5 Cincinnati Reds prospects make Baseball America’s top 100 

5 Cincinnati Reds prospects make Baseball America’s top 100 

While the present continues to be murky for the Cincinnati Reds, the future seems to be bright if it ever gets here.  Baseball America’s newest list of top 100 prospects includes five players from the organization.  Four of them are former Dayton Dragons while a fifth is expected to be in the Gem City this spring.  Topping the list is Nick Senzel, the team’s 2016 first-round...
Dayton Dragons announce 2018 coaching staff

Dayton Dragons announce 2018 coaching staff

Luis Bolivar will return as Dayton Dragons manager after guiding the team to the postseason in his first season at the helm.  The Cincinnati Reds low Single-A affiliate made that announcement and unveiled its 2018 coaching staff Tuesday.  Seth Etherton will serve as pitching coach while Daryle Ward returns as hitting coach and Kevin Mahar will be the bench coach for a second consecutive...
Cincinnati Reds sign three; two others still awaiting deals

Cincinnati Reds sign three; two others still awaiting deals

The Cincinnati Reds announced Friday they have avoided arbitration with three of their five eligible players.  Billy Hamilton, Anthony DeSclafani and Michael Lorenzen all agreed to one-year deals.  Hamilton is a speedy centerfielder who has been the subject of some trade rumors while DeSclafani is a starting pitcher who missed all of last season with arm problems.  Lorenzen has been...
Reds prospect Hunter Greene on Dayton: ‘I’ll have a great time out there’

Reds prospect Hunter Greene on Dayton: ‘I’ll have a great time out there’

Cincinnati Reds prospect Hunter Greene doesn’t know for sure if he will be pitching in Dayton this season, but he knows about Dragons baseball.  "I guess they sell out every game," Greene told MLB Network (via MLB.com). "There should be a good crowd and a lot of support from the fans, which is great to see. I'll have a great time out there, meet some new guys and go win as...
Former Cincinnati Red Bob Bailey dies

Former Cincinnati Red Bob Bailey dies

Bob Bailey, who played two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and won a title with the team in 1976 has died at age 75. His death was announced by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Bailey was a member of the original Montreal Expos in 1969, and is credited with the first hit in Expos franchise history.  Nicknamed ‘Beetle” after the character in the newspaper comic strip, Bailey played...

HS Results 1/20: Trotwood boys knock off Northmont

The Trotwood boys basketball team routed GWOC foe Northmont, 76-73. Myles Belyeu led all scorers with 30 points in the win. Amari Davis tacked on 16 points and Justin Stephens 13. Jabari Perkins and Jamaal Linson each chipped in 16 points for Northmont in the losing effort. Ryan Foy added on 11. The win moves Trotwood to 7-0 in conference and 10-3 overall. Northmont drops to 1-5 in conference and...
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...
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