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Reds blanked by Marlins, 6-0

The Marlins became the first major league team to draw fewer than 1 million fans at home since the 2004 Montreal Expos, beating the Cincinnati Reds 6-0 Sunday before 13,595 to complete the Miami portion of their schedule in Derek Jeter’s first season as chief executive officer. “Obviously we would like to fill it up every day, but I know it’s the first year of what we’re doing...
Pirates name Tecumseh grad Brubaker their minor league pitcher of the year

Pirates name Tecumseh grad Brubaker their minor league pitcher of the year

The Pittsburgh Pirates named Tecumseh High School graduate and Springfield native J.T. Brubaker their Minor League Pitcher of the Year on Friday, honoring him at a ceremony at PNC Park. Brubaker, 24, started the season with the Double-A Altoona Curve and was 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA in six starts before being promoted. With the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, he was 8-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 22 starts. This...
McCoy: Who are top starting pitchers Reds could pursue in free agency?

McCoy: Who are top starting pitchers Reds could pursue in free agency?

Q: I saw a list of the all-time Top 25 players with sweet swings, headed by Ken Griffey Jr., and does it surprise you that Joey Votto is not on the list? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: Have you seen some of those defensive thrusts Votto takes to foul off pitches? Efficient, but not sweet. Votto’s swings are not picturesque, just spartan and effective. I haven’t seen...
Reed continues to impress as Reds top Marlins

Reed continues to impress as Reds top Marlins

Cody Reed was strong for the second straight start and Scooter Gennett homered and doubled to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night. Reed (1-2) scattered five hits and struck out six in six shutout innings. The left-hander joined the starting rotation Aug. 30 and has thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings. Gennett’s two-run home run in the seventh gave...
Hal McCoy: Why Pete Rose play ‘Banned from Baseball’ is worth seeing

Hal McCoy: Why Pete Rose play ‘Banned from Baseball’ is worth seeing

It was 1989 when Pete Rose was banned from baseball, and it was evident the repercussions would never die, not as long as baseball exists.  That’s because of the taint and stain placed on the game and because of Rose’s Type A personality, a mentality that won’t let it die from his perspective.   His lifetime (and beyond) banishment for gambling on baseball was 29 years...
Ask Hal: Would the empty seats at GABP ever cause Cincinnati to lose the Reds?

Ask Hal: Would the empty seats at GABP ever cause Cincinnati to lose the Reds?

Q: Am I supposed to be impressed when I see a player break a perfectly good baseball bat over his knee after striking out? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: Why be impressed when it happens all the time. Cheap wood. I’ll be impressed when I see a player take off his helmet and break the bat over his head. The only time I was impressed with a broken bat was when former Reds...
Reds third baseman Suarez named to MLB team for Japan series

Reds third baseman Suarez named to MLB team for Japan series

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez will join a group of baseball stars in the 2018 Japan All-Star Series, Major League Baseball announced Monday. The seven-game series will take place across Japan from Nov. 8-15. Among the players named to the Major League Baseball team so far, in addition to Suarez, are: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina; Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich...
McCoy: Do recent last-place Reds squads compare to 101-loss 1982 team?

McCoy: Do recent last-place Reds squads compare to 101-loss 1982 team?

Q: Did you see where one of your favorite people recently served a one-game suspension for making contact with an umpire? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: I have several “favorite people” in baseball, but since the only one that recently served a suspension was Aaron Boone, I presume you mean him. And, no, I’m not surprised. Boone was ejected in his first game...
Reds to hold moment of silence in honor of victims of Cincinnati shooting

Reds to hold moment of silence in honor of victims of Cincinnati shooting

The Cincinnati Reds released a statement in response to the shooting that left four dead, including the gunman, and multiple people injured in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday. The Reds play the San Diego Padres at 6:40 p.m. Thursday at Great American Ball Park. “The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization go out to the victims of today’s tragedy, as well as their families...
Votto makes trade with Reds fan in Pittsburgh

Votto makes trade with Reds fan in Pittsburgh

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has made a name for himself over the years not only with his bat but with his unique way of interacting with fans. On Monday in Pittsburgh, during a game the Reds lost 5-1 to the Pirates, Votto saw a fan in the stands near the Reds dugout with a shirt reading, “Votto for President.” According to the Reds, Votto liked it so much, he traded the...
Report: Brandon Phillips heading to big leagues for first time this season

Report: Brandon Phillips heading to big leagues for first time this season

Former Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will return to the big leagues for the first time since 2017 when the Boston Red Sox promote him from Triple-A on Tuesday, according to multiple reports Monday. Phillips hit .304 in 44 games in the Red Sox minor league organization. In 38 games with Triple-A Pawtucket, he hit .302 with four home runs and 19 RBIs. Phillips will join a team with...
Hal McCoy: Who will be in the Reds’ starting rotation in 2019?

Hal McCoy: Who will be in the Reds’ starting rotation in 2019?

Q: You have mentioned numerous players that quit speaking to you because of something you wrote but has any player physically abused you? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: The list isn’t that long for somebody who has covered baseball for 46 years. Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion (just briefly), Dick Wagner (general manager), Jonny Gomes and Brandon Phillips all quit speaking...
Cincinnati Reds: Votto off DL, back in lineup

Cincinnati Reds: Votto off DL, back in lineup

Nobody was happier than Joey Votto to be back in the Reds lineup on Thursday for the first time since Aug. 15. The Reds activated the All-Star first baseman from the 10-day disabled list for his first game since August 15. Votto had been sidelined with a right lower leg contusion, the result of being hit by a Ryan Madson pitch on Aug. 4 in Washington. He tried to play through the pain before it started...
Votto unlikely to return during home series vs. Brewers

Votto unlikely to return during home series vs. Brewers

Hopes that Joey Votto would return to the Reds lineup for the their three-game series and homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers were dashed as early as four hours before Tuesday’s opener. The All-Star first baseman was not in the lineup, and it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll be ready by the time the Reds and Brewers meet for Thursday’s 12:35 p.m. series finale. Votto has...
Dragons’ Nichols to join Reds broadcast booth for Tuesday’s game

Dragons’ Nichols to join Reds broadcast booth for Tuesday’s game

Tom Nichols is getting a one-day call-up to the big leagues. The longtime Dayton Dragons announcer will join the Cincinnati Reds radio broadcast against the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Nichols, who has spent 31 years as a Minor League Baseball broadcaster, recently called his 4,000th minor league game earlier this month. The broadcast will be Nichols first...
Middletown’s Schwarber goes deep as Cubs win third straight over Reds

Middletown’s Schwarber goes deep as Cubs win third straight over Reds

Daniel Murphy and Middletown’s Kyle Schwarber each hit a two-run homer, Javier Baez added a solo shot and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-6 on Saturday for their fourth straight win. Murphy homered for a second straight day and is batting .407 (48 for 118) with nine homers in 31 career regular-season games at Wrigley Field — all but three of them before he joined the Cubs...
Ask Hal: Do the Cincinnati Reds have money to spend?

Ask Hal: Do the Cincinnati Reds have money to spend?

Q: As a child attending Cleveland Indians games, did you ever throw a home run ball hit by an opposing player back onto the field? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: I never caught nor retrieved a home run ball by anybody. I did once get a beat-up ball hit in batting practice by Indians back-up catcher Hal Naragon and the ball was put to use in our neighborhood empty lot games. In...
Cincinnati Reds: What are the team’s plans for Matt Harvey and Billy Hamilton?

Cincinnati Reds: What are the team’s plans for Matt Harvey and Billy Hamilton?

UPDATE: The Cincinnati Reds apparently plan to pass on any further chances to trade Matt Harvey or Billy Hamilton before the end of the season.  After reports both players were claimed on waivers this week caused a ripple in the news cycle, a team representative announced both are expected to remain members of the club for the rest of this year.  Ramsey is the Reds director of communications...
Reds to ‘host’ Cardinals in Mexico in 2019

Reds to ‘host’ Cardinals in Mexico in 2019

The Cincinnati Reds are headed to Mexico in 2019. The Reds will host the St. Louis Cardinals in a two-game series (April 13-14) in Estadio de Beisbol in Monterrey, Mexico. The 2019 schedule was released today. The Reds open the season at home on Thursday, March 28, at 4:10 p.m. vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ohio State’s Meyer decision looms: 5 Buckeye State coaches who’ve lost jobs

Ohio State’s Meyer decision looms: 5 Buckeye State coaches who’ve lost jobs

The Ohio State University is expected this week to announce its decision about football coach Urban Meyer’s future. Meyer, whose team won a national championship in 2015, has been on administrative leave since Aug. 1 for his actions regarding a former assistant coach he fired earlier. The panel investigating Meyer’s actions involving former receivers coach Zach Smith and allegations by...
Schebler could rejoin Reds this week in Chicago

Schebler could rejoin Reds this week in Chicago

The Scott Schebler shoulder saga added a chapter on Sunday, but “The End” could be just days away. The Reds sent the outfielder to Double-A Pensacola for a medical rehab assignment they hope he can complete in time to meet them on Thursday in Chicago. Schebler has been sidelined since spraining the AC joint in his right shoulder when he ran into the right field wall at Busch Stadium in...
Cincinnati Reds: Hamilton returns to leadoff spot after 82-game hiatus

Cincinnati Reds: Hamilton returns to leadoff spot after 82-game hiatus

Friday felt like Christmas in August for Billy Hamilton. The Cincinnati center fielder received a surprise gift from interim manager Jim Riggleman when he saw his name in the leadoff slot for the first time since April 26 against Atlanta, snapping a streak of 82 consecutive starts in the ninth slot – below the pitcher. Hamilton celebrated by leading off the first inning with a single to right...
Cincinnati Reds place Joey Votto on disabled list 

Cincinnati Reds place Joey Votto on disabled list 

A hobbled Joey Votto is finally getting a break.  The Cincinnati Reds place their star first baseman on the 10-day disabled list Friday, 13 days after he was hit by pitch from Ryan Madson of the Nationals.  The team says Votto has a contusion on his lower right leg.  He started only six of the team’s last 10 games.  Taking Votto’s place on the roster is Aristides Aquino...
Ask Hal: Why are the Reds waiting to remove Jim Riggleman’s interim tag?

Ask Hal: Why are the Reds waiting to remove Jim Riggleman’s interim tag?

Q: Who first comes to mind when referencing a player who burned his bridges after he was traded? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: That would be pitcher Mat Latos, one of the most high maintenance players ever with the Reds in my time. After he was traded to Miami he lit into the Reds, ripping everything and everybody as if his failures were the fault of everybody but himself. It...
Reds top pick comes through for Dragons

Reds top pick comes through for Dragons

Jonathan India has been in a slump, and Thursday was his night to sign autographs for Dayton Dragons fans after the game. No worries about the timing. He gave the fans and himself something to talk and smile about while signing his name. His double in the sixth inning drove in the tying run and he later scored the winning run in a 5-4 victory over Lake County. “I’m struggling right now...
Utilityman turned pitcher best candidate to be Reds’ emergency catcher

Utilityman turned pitcher best candidate to be Reds’ emergency catcher

Interim Reds manager Jim Riggleman isn’t the only member of the Reds who believes Brandon Dixon is the best candidate to be the team’s emergency catcher. “I think Dixon would be next in line,” relief pitcher Jared Hughes. »MCCOY: Free falling Reds put ‘interim’ manager in tough spot Dixon, the rookie already listed on the game lineup sheets as an infielder-outfielder...
Reds notes: Barnhart comes through in unusual role

Reds notes: Barnhart comes through in unusual role

Tucker Barnhart’s 2018 pinch-hitter record is spotty, at best, but he came up big on Saturday night. Barnhart, normally the Reds starting catcher, was 1-for-9 with one run batted in when he hit for pitcher Amir Garrett with runners on first and second and two outs with the Reds trailing Arizona, 3-2, in the eighth inning. The switch-hitter, batting left-handed right-hander Archie Bradley, battled...
Herrera on outfield start: ‘I want to make a catch like Billy Hamilton’

Herrera on outfield start: ‘I want to make a catch like Billy Hamilton’

Dilson Herrera’s goal for the first start of his professional career in the outfield was lofty. “I want to make a catch like Billy Hamilton,” he said before Saturday’s game, referring to Cincinnati’s Gold Glove-caliber center fielder, who makes highlight plays look routine. Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman thought that was a reach. “Let’s hope he lets Billy...
Hal McCoy: What is pitcher Matt Harvey still doing with the Reds?

Hal McCoy: What is pitcher Matt Harvey still doing with the Reds?

Q: Should somebody be held accountable for Reds No. 1 pick Hunter Greene suffering a UCL sprain while throwing a multitude of pitches over 100 miles an hour because I have underwear older than him? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: Having stood next to you, my friend, I can attest to the age of your underwear. I did find it curious that his UCL injury came immediately after...
Check out Reds’ players nicknames for Players’ Weekend 2018

Check out Reds’ players nicknames for Players’ Weekend 2018

Remember last season when the players wore nicknames on the backs of their jerseys?  That was fun, right?  Well, get ready for round two.  Major League Baseball announced Thursday afternoon the second Players’ Weekend will be Aug. 24-26.  Here’s a look at the nicknames Reds players will use:  Homer Bailey: "HOMER" Tucker Barnhart: "BARNEY" Alex...
Billy Hamilton reaches Cincinnati Reds milestone

Billy Hamilton reaches Cincinnati Reds milestone

Billy Hamilton tied a Cincinnati Reds icon Wednesday afternoon in New York.  The speedy centerfielder tied Eric Davis for fifth in franchise history with his 270th career steal.  Hamilton will take over sole possession of fifth place with his next steal, but it’s a long way to No. 4.  That spot belongs to Bob Bescher, a Wittenberg graduate who stole 320 bags for the Reds from...
Cincinnati Reds: 1st round pick set to make return

Cincinnati Reds: 1st round pick set to make return

Robert Stephenson is returning to the big leagues.  The Cincinnati Reds announced Tuesday that Stephenson, their first-round draft pick in 2011, will start Wednesday afternoon against the Mets in New York.  Stephenson, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-hander from Martinez, Calif., has been on a roll for Triple-A Louisville since June 25.  He is 6-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his last seven starts...
Reds No. 1 draft pick and Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene out for season

Reds No. 1 draft pick and Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene out for season

Hunter Greene, the Cincinnati Reds’ fire-balling No. 1 draft choice in 2017, has been shut down for the remainder of the Dayton Dragons season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The Reds announced the surprise decision by Twitter late Friday afternoon. “Right now, it’s rehab and non-surgical at this point,” said Reds General Manager Nick Krall on...
Hal McCoy: Is this the year that Billy Hamilton wins a Gold Glove?

Hal McCoy: Is this the year that Billy Hamilton wins a Gold Glove?

Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy knows a thing or two about our nation’s pastime. Tap into that knowledge by sending an email to halmccoy1@hotmail.com. Q: Can you think of a sport with more hand signals than your every day baseball game? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: Have you seen any football games lately? Most teams have three players standing side by side flashing...
Cincinnati Reds bolster bullpen, send out starter

Cincinnati Reds bolster bullpen, send out starter

The Cincinnati Reds called up right-handed reliever Jesus Reyes on Friday.  The former Dayton Dragon replaces starter Tyler Mahle, who was sent to Triple-A Louisville.  The move is likely a result of two things: The bullpen being gassed and the need to get back to using a five-man rotation.  Reds relievers logged 6.1 innings in a 10-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday night...
MLB trade deadline: Takeaways from moves the Reds did and did not make

MLB trade deadline: Takeaways from moves the Reds did and did not make

The Cincinnati Reds blew the transition from contender to rebuilder.  How are they handling the trip back from loser to contender?  Despite the Reds’ not being able to find a buyer for Matt Harvey at the trade deadline, I am cautiously optimistic.  President of baseball operations Dick Williams said the right things Monday night in regards to wanting to win sooner rather...
No deal: Matt Harvey still a Cincinnati Red after trade deadline

No deal: Matt Harvey still a Cincinnati Red after trade deadline

Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline came and went at 4 p.m. with Matt Harvey still a member of the Cincinnati Reds.  The right-handed pitcher was widely seen as the team’s most-tradeable chip as July wound down, but the team apparently was not able to find a deal to its liking.  He could still be traded in August but would have to clear waivers.  The team was...
Trade of Duvall opens up spots for Winker, Schebler in 2019

Trade of Duvall opens up spots for Winker, Schebler in 2019

Dick Williams has focused one eye on the present and another on the future of the Cincinnati Reds. That has made the trade deadline a challenging time for the Reds’ president of baseball operations, but he made a move late Monday night that will give the Reds an easier time next spring when they have to choose three starting outfielders. The trade of outfielder Adam Duvall to the Atlanta Braves...
Cincinnati Reds: Evaluating the Adam Duvall trade

Cincinnati Reds: Evaluating the Adam Duvall trade

Of course the first thing I did when I saw the Cincinnati Reds had made a trade with the Braves was look up where the players they acquired rank on Atlanta’s prospect lists for 2018.  None were to be found there, but there is good reason for that.  They’ve all had more than a cup of coffee in the majors already so they are no longer eligible.   These guys might not...
Reds trade Duvall to Braves for three players

Reds trade Duvall to Braves for three players

The Cincinnati Reds traded outfielder Adam Duvall to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night in exchange for right-handed pitchers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler and outfielder Preston Tucker. The deal came one day before the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Matt Harvey is another name to watch as the deadline nears, though Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams said the team is trying...
Reds’ top pick from last month’s baseball draft joins Dragons

Reds’ top pick from last month’s baseball draft joins Dragons

Jonathan India is making quick work of the Reds minor league system in his first month as a pro. He’ll be in the starting lineup for the Dragons at Fifth Third Field on Monday night, his third team since signing a contract. Cincinnati’s top pick in last month’s draft, India started his career with the Reds rookie league team in Greeneville, Tennessee. After 14 games he moved to Billings...
Reds’ first-round pick promoted to Dayton

Reds’ first-round pick promoted to Dayton

The Cincinnati Reds promoted 2018 first-round pick Jonathan India from the Billings Mustangs to the Single-A Dayton Dragons on Monday. India will become the 17th first-round pick to play for the Dragons. He was the fifth overall pick in the first round in June. After signing with the Reds in June, India started his season with the Greeneville Reds, a rookie-level team in the Appalachian League. He...
Reds’ rally hasn’t gone unnoticed by opposing managers

Reds’ rally hasn’t gone unnoticed by opposing managers

That sweep by Pittsburgh doesn’t look so bad now, does it? The Cincinnati Reds stumbled out of the gate for the proverbial “second half” of the 2018 baseball season, being outscored by a combined 27-5 while dropping three straight at home to a Pirates team on the way to matching its longest winning streak since 1965. “It’s disappointing,” interim manager Jim Riggleman...
Phillies manager calls Reds a ‘good, young, hungry baseball team’

Phillies manager calls Reds a ‘good, young, hungry baseball team’

The Cincinnati Reds still find themselves in last place, where they have been stuck for more than a year. They’re not even close to escaping the basement in the National League Central Division, trailing the fourth-place St. Louis Cardinals by six games. However, the Reds keep performing as if they’re much better than their 48-58 record. With a 4-0 victory Sunday against the Philadelphia...
Votto leads Reds to second straight win over Phillies

Votto leads Reds to second straight win over Phillies

Joey Votto drove in the go-ahead run with a sharp single that glanced off second baseman Cesar Hernandez’s glove, helping the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night. Votto drove in two runs and four players each knocked in one for the Reds, who are last in the NL Central but beat the East Division-leading Phillies for the second straight day. Billy...
Reds bolster bullpen with fresh arms

Reds bolster bullpen with fresh arms

Needing fresh arms for an overworked bullpen, the Reds recalled left-hander Wandy Peralta and right-hander Keury Melia from Triple-A Louisville. They optioned right-handed pitcher Austin Brice to the Bats and designated left-hander Kyle Crockett for assignment, creating a spot on the 40-man roster for a possible trade acquisition. Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is Tuesday...
Hal McCoy: Should Reds fans be concerned with Votto’s production?

Hal McCoy: Should Reds fans be concerned with Votto’s production?

Q: During last week’s three-game sweep of the Reds by the Pirates, did you, like me, find yourself singing Neil Sedaka’s song, “Laughter in the Rain?” — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: Rain delays are not humorous, especially last Friday when I hit the pillow at 4:30 a.m. When Dusty Baker managed the Reds he would say, “I’m no meteorologist, but...
Phillies crack seven home runs, rout Reds

Phillies crack seven home runs, rout Reds

Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco and Nick Williams each hit two of Philadelphia’s record-tying seven home runs, and the Phillies overpowered the Cincinnati Reds 9-4 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. Carlos Santana added a two-run homer as the NL East leaders tied the franchise record for home runs in a game, set on Sept. 8, 1998, against the Mets. »MCCOY: Winker out for...
Riggleman: Reds all-star infield ‘a special group’

Riggleman: Reds all-star infield ‘a special group’

Of the three Cincinnati Reds interviewed Sunday about making the National League All-Star team, Eugenio Suarez showed the most emotion. The Pharrell Williams song “Happy” should have been playing in the background at Wrigley Field because “happy” was the word of the day for the 26-year-old Venezuelan third baseman, who was able to put aside a second straight disappointing...
5 things we learned about the Reds in June

5 things we learned about the Reds in June

The Reds began June in last place.  They ended June in last place, too, but it was a month we might some day look back on and say a corner was turned in the franchise’s rebuilding effort.  Let’s take a closer look at what happened during the month…  1. The Reds went 15-11 in June.  That’s right, Cincinnati’s baseball team had a winning record over...
Cincinnati Reds: Buy or sell these tradable players?

Cincinnati Reds: Buy or sell these tradable players?

June is winding down and the Cincinnati Reds are playing better baseball.  Of course that means someone is getting traded sooner or later.   Such is the life of a team that can’t quite get out of rebuilding mode no matter how hard it says it is trying.  The month of July — leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline July 31 — could see the Reds make some tough...
Bullpen blows lead, Braves drop series to Reds

Bullpen blows lead, Braves drop series to Reds

The Braves are a two-Freeman team and right now both of them are slumping, with one in particular having a big part in Wednesday’s 6-5 loss to the Reds. No one doubts that MVP candidate Freddie Freeman will soon snap out of his funk, but reliever Sam Freeman’s slide has been long enough to raise eyebrows and concerns. Sam Freeman came in with a 5-3 lead to start the seventh inning Wednesday...
Young Reds pitcher Mahle tough on hitters, tougher on himself

Young Reds pitcher Mahle tough on hitters, tougher on himself

One of the biggest reasons Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tyler Mahle has been doing so well lately might be that he doesn’t think he has been doing all that well. The 23-year-old right-hander offered a harsh assessment of his latest outing, when all he did was hold the Detroit Tigers to two runs through six innings with eight strikeouts to pick up his third win in his last three decisions. &ldquo...
Reds notes: Peralta’s issues are mechanical, not medical; Hamilton hitting; Votto ties Hall of Famer

Reds notes: Peralta’s issues are mechanical, not medical; Hamilton hitting; Votto ties Hall of Famer

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Wandy Peralta had his worst outing in what has been a string of bad ones Tuesday night when he allowed five runs on four hits and a walk without retiring a batter. Peralta has 19.80 ERA in his last 10 appearances and has issued seven walks in his last seven innings, bringing his season total to 25 in 29.1 innings. That surpasses the left-hander’s 2017 total of...
Reds’ Suarez on possibility of reaching All-Star Game: ‘If this is my opportunity, I will take it’

Reds’ Suarez on possibility of reaching All-Star Game: ‘If this is my opportunity, I will take it’

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez looked across the diamond Tuesday and saw familiar colors. The Detroit Tigers, Suarez’s first team, visited Great American Ball Park for the first time since 2015. Three years ago, Suarez was still a prospect in many ways. Although he debuted with the Tigers in 2014 and played 85 games, he began the 2015 season in Triple-A Louisville after the Reds...
Reds draft area high school graduate in ninth round

Reds draft area high school graduate in ninth round

The Cincinnati Reds made eight more picks on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday, adding five pitchers, including Mason High School graduate Andrew McDonald. “We got a lot of pitching today,” said Chris Buckley, the Reds’ vice president of amateur scouting. “Usually as you get a little deeper, a lot more of those guys seem to wind up in the bullpen, but...
Wednesday marks one-year anniversary of Gennett’s memorable night

Wednesday marks one-year anniversary of Gennett’s memorable night

Two boxes of Scooter Gennett bobbleheads sat next to Gennett’s locker in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse on Tuesday. The Reds will give away the figurines, which show Scooter riding a scooter, to the first 20,000 fans who walk through the gates at Great American Ball Park on Saturday. The Gennett bobblehead day comes at a good time for several reasons. For one, he’s playing like an All-Star...
Reds, Mets swap veterans before second game of series

Reds, Mets swap veterans before second game of series

The Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets swapped veteran players Devin Mesoraco and Matt Harvey, both 29 and former all-stars, before the second game of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. The Reds also acquired an undisclosed amount of cash. Mesoraco has played his entire eight-year career with the Reds but has battled injuries in recent years and was backing up Tucker Barnhart this season...
Reds Notes: Reds make quick use of fresh arm in bullpen

Reds Notes: Reds make quick use of fresh arm in bullpen

The Cincinnati Reds added a fresh arm to the bullpen Monday, promoting Jackson Stephens from Triple-A Louisville and sending Kevin Shackelford to Louisville. They need to make that move after using six relief pitchers Sunday in an 8-5 loss to the Miami Marlins, and a four-inning start by Homer Bailey on Monday resulted in another long night for the bullpen in a 7-6 loss to the New York Mets at Great...
Hal McCoy: How did the Cincinnati Reds become one of the worst teams in baseball?

Hal McCoy: How did the Cincinnati Reds become one of the worst teams in baseball?

The downward spiral of the Cincinnati Reds began one day after they lost a 2013 National League wild card game to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They fired Dusty Baker. They fired the manager who had taken them to the postseason in three of the previous four seasons. They fired him after a 90-win season. They fired him with one year left on his contract. Why? Because in each of those three postseasons they...
Angelopoulos twins making their mark on Wright State track

Angelopoulos twins making their mark on Wright State track

At the Miami Duals track meet last month you might have sworn the same runner won the 800 meters and finished fifth in the 400. In actuality these were the respective results of Wright State’s identical twin runners Victoria and Sophia Angelopoulos. When you consider the athletic prowess of their parents, the twins’ success is no surprise. Their mother, Sandra, played volleyball and basketball...
Cincinnati Reds: Why is the offense improving?

Cincinnati Reds: Why is the offense improving?

For weeks, the Cincinnati Reds talked a good game about breaking out of their offensive slump. It was all they could do until they starting showing progress at the plate. “Yeah, we’ll get it going,” outfielder Scott Schebler said. “Everybody has those deals. We happened to have it early in the season.” “The way to handle it is to get out of it,” interim manager...
Despite rebuild, Reds need to ‘have a sense of urgency to win,’ GM says

Despite rebuild, Reds need to ‘have a sense of urgency to win,’ GM says

Four days after saying the season would turn for the better because it always does, the season did turn for Bryan Price — just not in the way he meant. The Cincinnati Reds fired Price, the 61st manager in franchise history, on Thursday, ending a five-year stretch in which he managed 666 games. His .419 winning percentage and 279-387 record goes down as the worst for any Reds manager who lasted...
7 things to get excited about this Dayton Dragons season

7 things to get excited about this Dayton Dragons season

Only a few more days before Fifth Third Field begins to, once again, fill up for warm evenings packed with laughter, delicious stadium grub and desperate attempts to catch a Dayton Dragons fly ball.  The Dragons entertainment team said in a press release that fans can expect the return of their long-time favorites like Dragons mascots Heater and Gem, the Green Team, Roofman and special character...
Hal McCoy on 2018 season: Can the Cincinnati Reds avoid fourth straight last-place finish?

Hal McCoy on 2018 season: Can the Cincinnati Reds avoid fourth straight last-place finish?

Let’s see if we have this right: The Cincinnati Reds have been rebuilding for two or three years now, trading veterans for prospects/suspects. But last winter they didn’t trade a veteran for any prospects and all they did was add a couple of veteran guys to the world’s worst bullpen, signing Jared Hughes and David Hernandez. Does that mean they are no longer rebuilding? Are they...

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...
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