I spent the Independence Day weekend in our nation’s capital (Washington, D.C., for those of you who flunked Civics), and it was a good time, as always. I lived in that town for three years during the 90s, and it holds a special place in my heart.

Since I was with my family on this trip, we did a lot of the touristy things that most American families do when they’re in D.C. Ford’s Theatre, White House, Lincoln Memorial (where I saw no fewer than six selfie-sticks taking pictures of Lincoln at the same time).

The trip also got me thinking about the State of the (Redleg) Nation. (A little political metaphor for you there. You’re impressed, right?) So let’s talk about this little website that you’re reading, and what the future holds for us.

I guess I should start with this: The state of the (Redleg) Nation is strong.

There is no question that I’m biased, but I’ve always believed that RN provided the best Reds-related commentary available on the interwebs. That hasn’t changed in recent years, under the guiding hand of Steve Mancuso, who stepped in when I needed a break some time back and has managed the day-to-day affairs of Redleg Nation extremely well. I’m eternally grateful to him.

Steve has also been integral in recruiting a new generation of writers to the Nation, who have combined with some of the old guard to make a fantastic group of writers and editors that are dedicated to our mission of providing Reds content that is different than anything else you can find out there. (Although, to be honest, I’d love to feature more women writers here at RN. I know you’re out there, so contact me — dotsonc AT gmail DOT com — if you’re interested. After all, Mary Beth is getting lonely at our staff parties.)

When I say that we have provided the best Reds-related commentary over the years, I really mean that. That’s not a criticism of other Reds blogs, which I enjoy every single day (they do great work over at Red Reporter, in particular, and Doug Gray’s daily minor league coverage is second to none).* But the analysis we provide is different than you’ll read at any mainstream media site.

*I’m compelled to add that we’re fortunate to have Doug contributing here at RN on a regular basis, with his A Minors Obsession column. Check out today’s excellent piece on Aristides Aquino.

Cincinnati has a terrific group of beat writers — C. Trent Rosecrans, Mark Sheldon, Zach Buchanan — but they’re providing a different product than we are. They’re reporting, we’re analyzing and commenting. What Redleg Nation provides is more akin to the old-school baseball columnists who used to appear weekly in your local newspaper. We’re here every single day, and I’ll put our product up against Paul Daugherty any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

We are, however, trying to expand our footprint in the media landscape surrounding the Cincinnati Reds. For example, Nick Kirby covered yesterday’s coaching staff shakeup in fine fashion. At the end, Nick reminded you that new Reds’ bullpen coach Ted Power was a guest on the most recent episode of our podcast, cleverly titled “Redleg Nation Radio.” You can listen to his talk with Jason Linden here.

Unless you are a regular listener of the podcast, you may have forgotten that just a couple of years ago, Cincinnati’s new pitching coach, Mack Jenkins, also appeared as a guest on the podcast. Here’s his interview with my frequent RNR co-host, Bill Lack.

I want to encourage everyone (or at least everyone that listens to podcasts) to subscribe to Redleg Nation Radio. We’re posting a new one every week and I really think they keep getting better and better. Here’s the iTunes link, and here’s the link for other podcast devices. We should be available on Stitcher soon, as well.

I’m making a real effort to improve the audio quality of the podcasts — although you’ll just have to endure my silly accent — but I’d love to get your thoughts to help make it a better product. So I have some questions:

–Do you listen to podcasts? If not, why not? If yes, how do you listen (phone/computer, in the car/at your desk)?
–Do we need a new name for the podcast? I came up with Redleg Nation Radio on the spur of the moment back in 2007 when we recorded the first episode.
–Are there any regular features you’d like to see on the podcast? Anything other podcasts do that we might want to incorporate into our show?
–What other sports-related podcasts do you listen to?
–This one is not strictly podcast-related, but do you regularly watch any online-only video shows via YouTube, Periscope, Facebook Live, or elsewhere?

RNSnapchatSpeaking of Periscope, I did our first live broadcast the other night from D.C., and got a great response. That night, we also did some snapping or chatting or whatever you do on Snapchat (username: redlegnation, or use the image over there on the right). I’m going to be doing more of that in the future.

The digital pages you’re reading right now will always be the mothership, and I think we have an incredibly strong group of writers here at Redleg Nation right now (seriously, this group is fantastic). I’m so proud of the content you read here every day, and I’m amazed that we’re still going strong after 11+ years. But we’re always looking to expand our coverage of the Reds, so we’re trying to have a presence everywhere. If it’s your thing, go like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and/or Instagram.

The online world is different than it was on February 28, 2005, when I hit “publish” on the very first post here at the Nation. So we’re trying to change with the world, and that means expanding onto every platform where there are people eager to discuss the Reds.

After all, I started Redleg Nation with the idea that it would be kinda like an old General Store, where we could all sit around and talk about our favorite baseball team. It has succeeded far beyond my modest dreams more than a decade ago. We’re trying to figure out the path that will ensure that the Nation is around for a 20th anniversary in 2025. That may include video or holo-cast or whatever they’re doing in 2025, but I can guarantee that we’ll always strive to have the best print analysis of the Cincinnati Reds that you’ll find anywhere on the interwebs.

I hope that future includes all of you. There has been nothing more gratifying than being able to say that I’m part of such a vibrant community of Reds fans. Your contributions, particularly in terms of the civil, yet passionate, discussion that we see in our comment sections, have made this entire venture worthwhile. It is not an understatement to say that I am overwhelmed by your continual support of Redleg Nation, and I’ll always be in your debt.

Over the next couple of weeks, I hope to be able to announce a date for a meet-up in Cincinnati, so I — and our writers/editors –can get to know as many of you as possible away from the screen. We haven’t done that in a few years, and it’s time to get that tradition back in place, because this community is just the best. I love you guys and gals.

Go Reds.

21 Responses

  1. Joe Shaw

    We have staff parties? Why didn’t anyone tell me?

    • Patrick Jeter

      Man…the last one was completely insane! Sorry you missed it. I’m sure your invitation to the next one is already in the mail.. 😉

  2. WVRedlegs

    Thank you all for providing such a wonderful site to discuss the Reds and other baseball related topics. This site is head and shoulder above any other Reds fan site. Much of the analysis is very thought provoking. You even take steps back into yesteryear that are Reds related. Whimsical and charming articles pop up from time to time. Reds minor league team news is found here. Up to the minute game chats and excellent game recaps, even after painful losses are here.
    It is an excellent Reds fan site that gets better every year, even if the Reds do not.
    A meet up in Cincinnati? That is over due.

    • Chad Dotson

      I agree. Looking at dates in September that will give everyone plenty of time to make plans to be there.

  3. Shchi Cossack

    Chad, in answer to your questions…

    I listened religiously to the initial podcasts, until my piece-of-trash PC simply couldn’t handle the audio any more and continually buffered before locking up and crashing. It’s so old that none of the browsers can be upgraded and many online sights (including twitter) simply reject my access now. I miss the podcasts now and look forward to the day I can recycle the old PC and obtain a new device. I’m very old school regarding electronics and have not migrated to a smartphone or tablet, etc. I can even remember when I had a hard time letting go of my slide rule and migrating to an electronic calculator. That was a particularly tramatic time in my life.

    I do echo your sentiments regarding the writing and content on Redleg Nation. I’m amazed at the diversity of content and the professional analysis routinely produced for our enjoyment.

    • Chad Dotson

      Well, the PC may be old, but we certainly appreciate your contributions here at the Nation!

  4. jazzmanbbfan

    I “discovered” Redleg Nation just a year and a half ago and it has been a godsend. If nothing else, the requirement that people keep it civil and on topic (no political rants for instance) here makes it my #1 place to go read about the Reds, then there are the writers! I’m not an analytics guy but like reading about advanced stats even if I don’t fully comprehend them (yet).

  5. Phil Gasson

    Your terrific site makes this intolerable season tolerable. Been a fan since late 50’s; this season hurts. Seems like every time I post it is to criticize; not this time. Thank you so much for your passion for the REDS!!!

  6. darrelbob

    Big Reds Fan! I check Redleg Nation at least once a day…sometimes more often. Thanks for the hard work!

  7. msanmoore

    +100 for each staff member … and another +500 for Lil Jeter to keep him ahead of his Daddio!!

    Love reading RLN. We are the best fans even when we have a lousy team. It’s the greatest group therapy out there.

    • Patrick Jeter

      Dangit! He bring this up at the dinner table EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.

  8. Pooter

    This site not only has allowed me to stay in touch with both my hometown and favorite team, but it has also educated me on statistics and analytics. I feel like a much more well-rounded fan of the game. Thank you all who make this possible.

  9. Andy

    I love this site and all its content, thank you so much for all you do. I don’t listen to podcasts, So I can’t help you with podcast questions.

    I will take this opportunity for a suggestion, though… I primarily use your mobile site, and the problem persists that Game recaps fall to the bottom of the page. I have to swipe through ~15 feature articles to find the daily recap. Your page looks fine on a PC or iPad, can you improve the mobile phone experience?

    • Chad Dotson

      Thanks for the input. It’s something we’ve discussed. Improving the mobile experience is key to where we want to go with RN.

      I’ll see what we can do about that…

  10. Mike V

    Chad I love this site and check it out every day and I have yet to miss a podcast , but I am sure I have . I am very glad to hear the state of the nation is strong .. You , Steve , Doug , Jason . You gentlemen do a great job .. This site offers an outlet for all of us “diehards” to rant and rave about our favorite team with others who understand and are maybe a little over the top with the Reds like us .. Thanks to all of you guys !

  11. mdhabel

    Thank you Chad, Steve and everyone else who contributes. I love this site and love how much more informed it has made me.

    I would definitely be interested in a meetup somewhere in Cincy.

    As for the podcasts, I do not listen at work because I struggle focusing on what is being said and what I am doing at work. And outside of work, I just never think to spend my free time listening to a podcast.

  12. redsfan4life

    I love the site. I found it a couple years ago. I am a older Reds fan. Only a couple years ago did I also start paying attention to analytics. I still don’t understand all of it. But what I do understand I am a firm believer in them.
    I used to judge a player by his average,rbis etc. Pitchers by wins. I knew nothing about FIP,Babip etc.
    I know that the Reds and every team for that matter need as many hitters they can get who DON’T MAKE OUTS. Every other thing a hitter does don’t mean that much. Just simply DON’T MAKE OUTS.

  13. lwblogger2

    It shod be clear by all the time I spend on RLN that I love this site. I’m not a big fan of podcasts but I download and listen to most the RLN ones on my tablet. I’m commenting from my phone now.

    Thanks to the RLN staff for all the work that goes into the site. I work in IT for a SaaS provider and I know own how much work goes into this sort of thing.