The “save” didn’t become an official statistic in baseball until 1969, although it had been tracked for years. The definition of a save itself was defined in 1960 by Chicago sportswriter Jerome Holtzman but it has been redefined, examined and criticized since. (The first official “save” went to Bill Singer on Opening Day 1969, [...]
I was glad to see Derrick Robinson called up from Triple A when Ryan Ludwick was placed on the disabled list after Opening Day. Robinson, a switch-hitting speedy outfielder, had some pretty good minor league seasons in the Kansas City organization but for whatever reason, never seemed to get a legitimate shot with the [...]
Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
FINAL Cincinnati 3 Philadelphia 2 W: B. Arroyo (10-7) L: V. Worley (6-9) S: A. Chapman (31) BOX SCORE
POSITIVES –Outstanding performance by Bronson Arroyo tonight. Arroyo pitched into the ninth, allowing two runs on just three hits. Arroyo struck out four and didn’t walk a better. Masterful.
The public voting for the Reds Hall of Fame has started.
Jeff Brantley Sean Casey John Franco Danny Graves Hal Morris Paul O’Neill Reggie Sanders Scott Sullivan
You can vote for no more than 3.
December 13, 1906: On this date, the Reds purchase pitcher Andy Coakley from the Philadelphia Athletics. Coakley becomes (and remains) the all-time Reds leader in career Earned Run Average.
Coakley was a five year veteran of the Athletics when the Reds purchased his contract (in Coakley’s first season–3 games–he played as Jack Mc Allister), [...]
December 6, 1921: On this day, the Cincinnati Reds trade possibly the greatest third baseman in their history to the New York Giants when they deal Heinie Groh for outfielder George Burns, catcher Mike Gonzalez, and $150,000. $150,000 today would be equivalent to $1.783 million dollars.
Groh was the best player on the Reds in the late teens, specifically 1918 and 1919. He was a slick fielding third baseman who set fielding records that stood for decades after he retired. He was also known for using a “bottle bat” that was perfect for slap hitting, the style of hitting for the Babe Ruth-inspired home run baseball became the rule of the day. In the offense challenged day of small ball, Groh led the National League in OBP in both 1917 and 1918 and led the league in OPS in 1919. He also led the NL in doubles in both 1917 and 1918.
However, in 1921 Groh wasn’t happy with his contract and started the season as a “hold-out” on the Reds, refusing to play for them without a new contract. From baseball-reference.com’s bullpen:
He held out for a pay raise at the beginning of the 1921 season and refused to play. As a result, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned him. Landis would approve Groh’s reinstatement only “on the express condition that Groh joins the Cincinnati team immediately and remains with it throughout the 1921 season.” Groh was back in the Reds lineup two days later.
From “Redleg Journal” by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder:
Groh signed only after an agreement that he would be traded immediately to the New York Giants. The deal was not consummated until after the season was over, however, because Judge Landis ruled it invalid and decreed that Groh must play for the Reds until the end of the season. Along with Edd Roush and Ray Fisher, Groh was one of the three prominent holdouts the Reds had to deal with in 1921.
Continue reading This Day in Reds History: Reds Trade Heinie Groh and John Franco
In my (admittedly biased) opinion, it is a crime that Barry Larkin was not elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame last year, in his first year on the ballot. His second go-round is at hand, as the 2011 ballot was released to members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday.