Today, Major League Baseball celebrates Roberto Clemente Day. The career-long Pirate was a 15-time all-star before his life was tragically cut short on December 31, 1972 while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

On Dec. 23, 1972, Nicaragua suffered a devastating natural disaster-an earthquake. It left incredible damage throughout the capital of Managua. In only eight days, Clemente’s impassioned pleas throughout Puerto Rico resulted in donations of $150,000, numerous boxes of food, clothing and medical needs. But Clemente had heard reports that the donations were not being distributed to those who needed them the most. On the evening of Dec. 31, Clemente boarded a plane filled with relief supplies, but the overloaded plane would never reach its final destination. It plunged into the ocean off the shores of Puerto Rico.

This wasn’t a one time act of kindness from Clemente. Clemente’s story at the Baseball Hall of Fame website summarizes a lifetime full of compassion and charitable work.

As mentioned yesterday, Michael Lorenzen was nominated for MLB’s annual Clemente Award for his philanthropic work in the Cincinnati area. Lorenzen’s connection to Clemente’s legacy actually goes a little deeper than an award nomination.

This past offseason, while on a trip to Puerto Rico to promote Christianity in baseball, Lorenzen had the opportunity to meet the Clemente family, including his widow, Vera. He spent time at their home, enjoyed some meals and immersed himself in the Clemente story. The experience was profound enough for Lorenzen that he asked the Reds to change his uniform from No. 50 to No. 21, to honor Clemente.

You can #VoteLorenzen to MLB’s official social media accounts, @MLB on Twitter and 


Noah Syndergaard 2.56 2.32 0.6 5.4% 28.9%
Anthony DeSclafani 2.93 3.71 1.1 5.2% 21.4%

DeSclafaniFresh off his visit from the Cincinnati Zoo, Noah Syndergaard takes the ball for his 27th start of the season. The Mets ace and team WAR leader is coming off three consecutive games of seven innings or more and two runs or less. The Reds scored three runs off him in 6.2 innings back in April.

The Reds counter with their team leader in pitching WAR, Anthony DeSclafani. DeSclafani has also pitched seven innings or more in each of his last three starts, allowing just six runs, 18 hits, three walks, and striking out 18 over 23 innings. Matt Wilkes wrote about DeSclafani’s breakout season earlier today at Redleg Nation:

While his stats are above the league average across the board, what puts him among the best in all of baseball is his control. DeSclafani has walked only 5.3 percent of the hitters he’s faced this season, which puts him in elite company. Among the 125 pitchers who have thrown 100 or more innings this season, that ranks 12th, better than the likes of Noah Syndergaard, Chris Sale, David Price, Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, and Madison Bumgarner.

Eugenio Suarez is back at third base after yesterday’s day off. Jose Peraza moves in from center to shortstop while Tyler Holt gets the start in centerfield.

1. Jose Reyes (3B)
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
3. Yoenis Cespedes (LF)
4. Curtis Granderson (RF)
5. Kelly Johnson (2B)
6. Alejandro De Aza (CF)
7. James Loney (1B)
8. Rene Rivera (C)
9. Noah Syndergaard (P)
1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Tyler Holt (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)


In addition to the callups noted yesterday (INF/OF Tony Renda and RHP Josh Smith), the Reds also recalled OF Steve Selsky from Triple-A Louisville.

The Mets are trying to leapfrog the Cardinals into the 2nd wildcard spot, and have really put distance between themselves, the Pirates and the Marlins. This pitcure was a five team race just a few days ago, but the Cardinals have won three games in a row, the Mets have won four in a row, while the Marlins and Pirates are on five-game and eight-game losing streaks, respectively.

SF 74 64 .536 +0.5
STL 73 64 .533 0.0
NYM 73 66 .525 -1.0
PIT 67 69 .493 -5.5
MIA 68 71 .489 -6.0

I don’t want to see the Cardinals in the playoffs again, but I don’t want see the Reds lose again to the Mets. They’ve lost 14 in a row to this team, dating back to 2014. Let’s beat the Mets, then let the Mets leave town and win out the rest of the season.


23 Responses

  1. Shchi Cossack

    I like seeing Peraza and Suarez in the #1/#2 holes, respectively. If only Price would keep them there and see how it plays out during the final month of the season.

  2. Shchi Cossack

    Sheldon’s article and the quotes from Dick Williams seems to imply that Williams was the driving factor in signing Guiterrez. If that is actually the case, I have a smidgin more hope for the future under Williams control.

    • Shchi Cossack

      And the details of the contract are especially encouraging…a minor league contract and no 40-man roster spot. That really gives the Reds the opportunity to develop Guiterrez most effectively without any time constraints.

      • jazzmanbbfan

        Agree on both counts regarding the signing. I assume if Billy heals he will go back to #1 slot in the batting order. I hope they put Peraza at #2, assuming they continue to give him regular playing time. Then again, with an oblique strain, Billy may be out most or all of the rest of the season.

  3. DHud

    I completely give up on all base running ability and mental aptitude with this team.

    Just pathetic.

  4. Shchi Cossack

    With the addition of Peralta and Iribarren to the 40-man roster and the promotion of Peralta, Reed, Stephenson, Sampson, Smith, Iribarren, Renda and Selsky to the major-league roster, I expect the major-league, expanded roster to be set for the final month of the season.

    I’m glad to see Renda, Selsky and Iribarren promoted. Any or all of them could be competing for utility roles going into the 2017 season.

  5. Shchi Cossack

    Right now the Reds are in serious competition for the 3rd draft choice in the upcoming rule 4 draft:

    88 losses => Minnesota
    85 losses => Atlanta
    81 losses => San Diego
    80 losses => Cincinnati
    80 losses => Arizona

  6. james garrett

    Same players doing the same thing with nobody being held accountable Phillips has always been a liability on the base even when he was fast.He always takes chances and now that he can’t run it looks even more foolish when he does what he does.He helped made us relevant and is one of the last of the core group so he always has and always will get a pass.He is a vet so who is going to get in his face the answer is nobody.I can live with it though but it invites others to do the same thing and therefore the beat goes on and on.I am not watching but I saw where he was thrown out stealing then Schebler was thrown out stealing.Not sure if they both went on there own but as DHUD said this is pathetic especially when Suarez walked so we could have had em loaded with nobody out.

  7. james garrett

    Yes another base running goof.Little League at its best at GABP.Lets just forfeit and get ready for Pittsburgh.

  8. IndyRedMan

    When they’re not busy get outhomered by 82 on the season then they’re running the bases like Charlie Sheen on Saturday night

    • Big56dog

      9 of 1st 16 batters reach and score no runs????

  9. james garrett

    They are playing like they don’t care but I find that hard to believe since there are a bunch of jobs up for grabs next year.

  10. james garrett

    On a positive note Peraza with two hits as does Suarez. Schebler has two walks and a hit as well.

  11. james garrett

    Seven hits and four walks through 6 innings but no runs.Disco hoping its better next year.

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  13. james garrett

    Wish we were the Cobs and sold out on the rebuild like they did.We are just pretending to rebuild and there is a big difference.Continue to play players we know won’t be here next year while others who need to show what they have got are watching either from the bench or at home.

    • seat101

      The Reds cannot afford to sit Phillips and Cozart. Wishing that we could be like the Cubs doesn’t make it so.


    Unfortunately it seems its all really about making the $$$ lower for the team… that really seems to be the motivation for “rebuilding”. Wondering if the costs are just too high for Castellini… Team ownership is getting more difficult…


      Here in LA — we saw the “hell” that happened to the Dodgers with the McCourts who ran the team into the ground…because they really couldn’t afford to keep the $$$ competitive with the other teams…

  15. IndyRedMan

    Peraza is now 32 for his last 65 (.492)!! Problem is…only 5 runs scored. How is that possible? Getting them on but not getting them over and in!

  16. Playtowin

    The Reds are not very good and they will not be any good next year either. There is some hope with a few young players but they need so much more to compete. Peraza looks to be a nice player. Cingrani remains just average and inconsistent. There are so many holes on this roster. There is not much help in the minors. As long as Phillips hangs around we won’t see Herrera. I heard a national media type call the Reds “pathetic”. Losing 14 in a row to the Mets who are not the 1927 Yakees or 2016 Cubs is “pathetic”.