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Think of your contribution as supporting the content of Redleg Nation. We’re a strong, independent voice when it comes to the Cincinnati Reds. We publish an average of four posts per day during the season, representing a tremendous variety of styles. We aim for high-quality, thought-provoking content. We also monitor our comments sections to rid it of the vulgarity, profanity and personal attacks that define typical online comment boards. We want parents to feel comfortable letting their kids who are Reds fans read our site.

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Thanks again, for reading and commenting.

Sincerely,

Steve Mancuso, Managing Editor

Steve grew up in Cincinnati a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. Contemporary Reds thrills: witnessing Jay Bruce’s 2010 homer and Homer Bailey’s 2013 no-hitter in person. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 280 characters about the Reds is Redleg Nation, although you can follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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About Steve Mancuso

Steve grew up in Cincinnati a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. Contemporary Reds thrills: witnessing Jay Bruce's 2010 homer and Homer Bailey's 2013 no-hitter in person. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 280 characters about the Reds is Redleg Nation, although you can follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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