Not much going on, but there are a few Cincinnati Reds-related items out there worth mentioning:

–The Reds claimed a couple of guys — Richie Shaffer and Tyrell Jenkins — off waivers:

Doug Gray has some thoughts on the waiver-wire pickups. Go read his entire piece, but here’s an excerpt:

On Wednesday I wrote about the possibility of the Reds picking up Tyrell Jenkins and trying him out in the bullpen. He’s still got an option remaining, so if he’s not ready to help the team out of spring training he can be sent down to Triple-A Louisville where he can get some work in. He’s a former top 100 prospect, but he’s since had shoulder surgery that has cost him once top scale velocity. He still throws hard enough, but he’s struggled with control for quite a while now as a starting pitcher. You can read more about him at the link above.

Richie Shaffer will be 26-years-old when the 2017 season begins. He’s a former 1st round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays (2012) out of Clemson. He was quite successful in the minor leagues before the 2016 season, including a 2015 campaign in Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. Between the two stops, in 108 games he hit .267/.357/.539 with 27 doubles, a triple and 26 home runs.

Honestly, read the whole thing. Then move along, not much to see here. Except for this:

–In other transaction news…so long, Juan Graterol. We hardly knew ya’:

Welcome back, Brayan Pena?

–Did you know:

I’m actually okay with this. Now, if the Reds pull this trick next off-season, too…well, I’ll be less than happy.

I’m less okay with this, but it takes two teams to complete a trade. I’m certain the Reds are trying:

–Last year’s first round pick, Nick Senzel, says he wants to be in the big leagues in 2017:

From the 2015 MLB Draft, No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson, No. 2 pick Alex Bregman and No. 7 pick Andrew Benintendi all reached the Major Leagues by ’16, the season after they were drafted.

The Reds’ top prospect per, third baseman Nick Senzel, certainly noticed.
“All three guys, I’ve played against them in the SEC,” said Senzel, who was the No. 2 overall pick from the University of Tennessee in June and received a $6.5 million bonus. “To see them in their first year make it up — as a player, that makes you hungry because I’ve played against those guys. You’re happy for them, but at the same time, it puts a belief in your eyes that you can try to do the same thing.”

In related news, I want to be in the big leagues in 2017, as well.

–It’s the time of year when Hall of Fame ballots begin appearing in the wild. It’s also the time of year when:

Here, C. Trent explains his process for filling out his Hall of Fame ballot (and it’s a pretty good ballot, too):

I’d been carrying around my Hall of Fame ballot and the notebook I keep it in with my scribblings on all the players on the ballot for nearly a month when I finally checked the 10 names I felt deserved to be in that room next July.

Being asked who belongs in that room isn’t something I do lightly. I ask my head and my heart to make these decisions and it’s not one that’s done lightly.

I’ve talked to those men both inside and outside the fraternity about what it means to be a Hall of Famer. I’ve talked to other voters, fans both inside and outside the game. In the end, though, I have to vote on who I feel belongs.

Read the whole thing.

–Adam Duvall discussed his thoughts about the holiday season. In the interview, we learn that Duvall always falls asleep during movies, but the gold nugget is when Duvall reveals what gift he wants to get for Zack Cozart.


Now, in non-Reds-related news…

–Malcolm Brogdon is the man:

6 Responses

  1. Bob Foist

    Reason I am a baseball fan today is because of Roger Maris/Mickey Mantle’s 1961 chase of Babe Ruth’s single season Home Run record….sitting next to mailbox waiting for today’s newspaper to see who had added to their total the day before.And I was a fan during 90’s when every body was scratching their heads wondering how in the world Sosa,Bonds and McGwire were hitting so many Home Runs,breaking records that had stood for 70 years….I watched them cut up a baseball on TV thinking maybe MLB had doctored baseballs for more offense trying to get fans back to the stadium after baseball strikes of that era.No one before the PED era or after hit Home Runs like these guys did during those times…nobody has ever came close.There’s not a doubt in my mind this was a result of those injections…. and that this was cheating the old guys like Mantle and Maris and Willie Mays and Harmon Killebrew and Frank Robinson who never had that advantage.PEDS guys were cheaters and they (and I think MLB) knew they were cheaters….and they made off like bandits (literally) during contract time. If there’s proof positive these guys were users….no way would I be good with voting for them…

  2. Dan

    The HOF just like the All Star game is a joke and a complete waste of time to follow. The HOF is a writer’s revenge or reward to players that they covered over the years. Remove the writers control on the HOF and I might actually consider it somewhat meaningful.

    • Scotly50

      I agree with you. But the NFL’s Pro Bowl still resides at the top of meaningless events.

      • Bob Foist

        The Louisville Slugger factory museum is definitely worth a visit and just down the street (about 12 blocks) from Louisville Bat’s Slugger field….. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Slugger Field has been voted the best Triple-A ballpark in America as part of Ballpark Digest’s “Best of the Ballparks 2016” contest. The bracket-style contest, which began with 30 total teams on May 11, ran for just over three weeks and lasted a total of five rounds. Louisville Slugger Field won the contest after defeating the Indianapolis Indians’ Victory Field in the final round by a difference of just 316 votes. In total, 14,356 fans voted during the final round of voting.

      • Dan

        oh yeah. Well I don’t even watch the NFL anymore. But yes even 25 years ago we had the NFL pro bowl where the players only go at 50% effort for show. They should bring back the battle of the stars where they do competitions instead of the actual pro bowl.

  3. lwblogger2

    As far as the pickups, I’m kind of excited about Richie Shaffer. His hitting up until last year was for real and his bb-rate has been strong throughout the minors. As for Jenkins, an arm is an arm and he has an option left so lets see what he has.

    I loved C. Trent’s article when I saw it the other day. He voted for 3 guys who I wouldn’t have but an argument could be made for all three of them.

    As for my take on the PEDs, yes it was cheating but there literally was no MLB rule against their use. Many of them got the PEDs prescribed legally even if for nefarious purposes. PED use in that era was rampant and these guys were still the best of that bunch. Maybe records wouldn’t have fallen but we aren’t necessarily talking about records. We are talking about were these players among the best ever to play the game? If you think so, then they should be in. If you don’t think so, you may be turning a blind eye to the fact that others using PEDs at that time weren’t nearly as good are not in the HoF discussion. Or you may feel that they just wouldn’t have been good enough without the PEDs. That’s up to you to decide for yourself. My opinion is that Bond may have been the best hitter I’ve ever seen. The PEDs helped but even without them, he’s a likely HoF player.