Johnny Cueto’s Occasionally Excellent, Occasionally Strange Kansas City Adventure
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Johnny Cueto’s Occasionally Excellent, Occasionally Strange Kansas City Adventure

As Johnny Cueto ambled off the Rogers Centre mound on Oct. 19 to a cacophony of jeers from nearly 50,000 boisterous blue-clad Blue Jays backers, the former-Reds-ace-turned-Royals gun-for-hire flashed his trademark pearly-white grin. Strangely enough, only during his ignominious exit did Cueto resemble himself. Five days after Cueto retired the last 19 Houston Astros he faced … Continue reading

Q&A with former Reds reliever Bill Bray: Part I
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Q&A with former Reds reliever Bill Bray: Part I

Of the 197.1 innings Bill Bray pitched in the major leagues over six different seasons from 2006-12, 174.1 of them came in a Reds uniform. The left-handed Bray primarily operated with a fastball-slider combination, which produced a career FIP of 3.85 and 188 strikeouts. Bray was particularly effective against left-handed batters, limiting lefties to a slash of … Continue reading

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Ryan Freel, CTE and catcher collisions

A report released this week about former Reds player Ryan Freel concludes that the high-energy outfielder had been suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide last year.  The website SportsNet re-published an article by reporter Brett Popplewell that offers a stunning narrative of Freel’s life and final few days. Warning: It’s not … Continue reading