I had forgotten all about it. So, naturally, I was surprised when my cell phone rang on that hot, humid and exhausting day. I had driven 650 long miles through the June night to get my son to the only game he would attend at Great American Ballpark in the summer of [...]
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 [...]
First Coast News sports director Dan Hicken has learned that Ryan Freel, a Jacksonville native and former Major League Baseball has died at the age of 36. The cause of death is suicide.
I don’t really have any reaction except shock and sorrow. Freel was a fun player to watch, and an [...]
Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the signing of free agent C Ramon Hernandez to a 1-year contract through the 2011 season.
“We wanted to provide our young pitching staff with some continuity. We felt all of our pitchers were comfortable pitching to Ramon,” Jocketty [...]
We all have our favorites. Ask any Reds fan about their favorite player, and you’ll get a bunch of different answers, for a bunch of different reasons. Here at the Nation, I’ve written about my favorite current Reds a number of times. At the top of that list is probably Bronson Arroyo, because it’s [...]
Baseball Prospectus has reviewed the Reds’ performance thus far through 2010 and gives their opinion for second half expectations. Playoff hopes anyone?
Also mlbtraderumors.com is reporting that former Red Ryan Freel has retired after playing nine games in the Atlantic League this spring.
Rob Neyer’s ESPN Sweetspot has some interesting comments today. One that really got my attention (found in the Wednesday Wangdoogles section) was referring to a joint story written by Joe Posnanski and Bill James for Sports Illustrated. Neyer refers to more batters being hit by pitches today than before; Posnanski and James discuss other [...]