Here’s a game thread to discuss tonight’s MLB All-Star Game…or use it as an open thread to discuss whatever you want. As long as you mention Cincinnati’s 2018 All-Stars, Joey Votto, Scooter Gennett, and Eugenio Suarez.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. I must say, the Old Cossack wasn’t too enthusiastic about the all star game this year…until I saw the photo of Cincinnati’s big trio. Now I’m pumped!

  2. Another solid start for Stephenson. What in the world does he have to do

    • Throw strikes- next time he gets promoted.

    • He has to get his rear end up to Cincinnati and on the mound to replace Harvey in the starting rotation. In his last 6 starts:

      6 games, 36.0 IP, 8-ER, 2-HR, 28-H, 12-BB, 47 SO
      2.00 ERA, 0.5 HR/9, 3.0 BB/9, 11.8 SO/9, 3.9 SO/BB

      Take a moment and compare that to the performance of ANY starter in the Reds rotation over their last 6 games. Better yet, compare that to Bailey’s performance in his last 6 starts (all at AAA).

      • Where is RS in service time? Does delaying his permanent 25 man roster spot in 2018 till August instead of April 1 give an extra year?

        • Stephenson has 167 days of service time so far and a full year of service is 172 days. So probably not.

          • So if he accrues less than 5 days this year….. The Reds get an extra year of control?

        • Nope. Stephenson has a total of 36 days of MLB service time and no options left after 2018.

          • So he has 6 seasons of control starting 2019 no matter what?
            What about super 2? Does keeping him in AAA in 2018 benefit the reds in any way long term?

          • Whoops, what Scooter Roolen said. I was looking at a 2017 figure that had not been updated.

          • His service time is really irrelevant at this point. Stephenson is out of options and the Reds have no idea what he can or can’t do at the MLB level now. He needs ti pitch at the MLB level for 4+ months like the other young starters are doing in order to gauge his capability and there are only 2 months left in the season.

      • Agree, with the additional comment that Stephenson’s starts were against AAA lineups. The Red’s rotation pitched against major leaguers; a small difference.

        Bailey has become irrelevant. If Harvey is moved, Stephenson should take his place. Bailey should stay in L’ville to continue to prove himself; however, Bailey is one of BC’s favorite sons, so that’s wishful thinking.

  3. Just let me say, I would pay good money to see a buddy comedy of Geno/Scooter/Votto and a weekend in Vegas in the style of The Hangover.

    You know Votto has it all worked out how to beat the house using statistics, Geno would spend his time impressing the ladies with his smooth samba moves, and Scooter would get drunk and screw things up for the other two.

    Scene 1:

    Votto is at the blackjack table. He has a 9 and 5 facing up.

    Dealer: Sir, would you like to hit?

    Votto scowls intensely, going through multiple equations and permutations in his head as he debates what the hidden card could be.

    Votto: Well, sir, I think I’d like to….

    Scooter comes running up.

    Scooter loudly: HEEEEEEYYYYY, JOEY! HEY JOEY! WHATCHA DOIN’, JOEY??? ARE YOU COUNTING CARDS AGAIN, JOEY?? To the dealer HEY, DON’T PLAY WITH THIS GUY! HE’S GUY A BRAIN LIKE A FRIGGIN’ COMPUTER! THIS GUY… HE…..HE PROBABLY KNOWS WHAT THE NEXT 20 CARDS ARE, EVEN IF YOU HAVE LIKE 5 DECKS IN THERE!

    Dealer: Sir, are you counting cards?

    Votto: Well, no, not exactly, see, I’m just thinking about prob….

    Scooter: HE’S TOTALLY COUNTING CARDS! AND HE’S GOOOOOOOD!!!!!

    Dealer: Sir, I’m going to have to ask you to leave.

    Votto: Yeah, Scooter, buzz off.

    Dealer: I was talking to you, sir.

    Votto: !#@%

    Scene 2:

    Geno is on the dance floor. He’s got a 2 ladies he’s showing his dance moves too.

    Geno: See, what you do is move your hips. Like this. Feel the music, move with the music. Is muy emocional y excitante.

    Lady 1: Oooh, Geno, you’ve got such a smooth way with words.

    Lady 2: And such smooth dance moves.

    Geno: Gracias. Hey, do you ladies like tequila? Maybe we could….

    Scooter comes out on the dance floor

    Scooter: HEY GENO! SHOWING OFF YOUR DUNCE MO….DANCE MOVES, HUH? LAME-O! LET ME SHOW THE LADIES HOW TO DANCE!

    Scooter starts doing something that’s a cross between Gangnam Style and the Macarena

    Lady 1: Do you know this guy?

    Geno: Ah, well, you see….

    Scooter: YEAH, BABY! WE’RE BEST FRIENDS! TEAMMATES! CINCINNATI REDS, CHOO CHOO!

    Both ladies turn and leave in a huff. Scooter dances for another 10 seconds while Geno glares at him. Scooter finally notices the ladies are gone.

    SCOOTER: HEY, WHERE’D THEY GO???? MY DANCE MOVES WERE TOO HOT FOR THEM, HUH? TOO EXCITANTE, RIGHT GENO?

    Geno: !#@%

  4. I was at the game today in Rochester. Bob Stephenson had a rough first inning and was solid the rest of the game. In my horrible opinion, he didn’t have his best stuff, but; found a way to battle all game. I’m not a scout or anything, but, it’s just my humble opinion. Brandon Dixon hit for the cycle and made a really god defensive play too. He looks really comfortable and confident right now.

  5. I enjoy that Navy federal credit union ad.

    I don’t intend to stay up until midnight. So if you all could write updates starting the seventh inning or so I can pretend I’m reading “as live” when my neighbor’s dog barks at the deer in his backyard around 3am.

    Here’s my prediction… Drumroll… Two Reds will hit homeruns tonight.

  6. The Three Amigos.
    Joey: “Geno, how would you like your bat?”
    Geno: “Medium rare.”

  7. Joey misplays the foul pop for an error and then Segura hits a 3 run homer

  8. Wow, former gold glover Votto just cost the NL a chance to win the game with his… I call it an error. Normally, in NL hard to make team at 1B, he didn’t deserve it this year, now brutal, wow. Hope this motivates him to turn it on in second half.

  9. Go Scooter!

  10. OMGOMGOMGOMG

    SCOOTER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. SCOOTER! Picks up his teammate with a game tying 2 run dinger in the bottom of the 9th!

  12. Scooter is just plain LEGEND!!! 2 run HR to tie it in the bottom of the 9th

  13. Yeah. Scooter does what….well scooter doesn’t. Wow.

  14. It’s Scooters world, I’m just glad he lets me live in it

  15. ATTA BOY SCOOTER!

  16. How about Scooter, all star MVP?

  17. Stripling ain’t fooling no one

  18. 9 home runs.
    Hitting…on base skills…power….all matter.
    Winker.senzel.india.Trammell are the future.

    There are no 2-1 games anymore. Starting pitchers struggle to get through the 6th inning in 2018.

    Speedy defense guys with sub .675 OPS arent starters anymore.

    • I didn’t see it, but evidently a poor play by Joey let the AL back into the game. There are still one-run games, some of them 2-1, and the All-Star game, 10 homers and all, was a two-run game, so defense matters. A lot.

  19. Joey makes 10 home runs

  20. At least seat101 called it correctly,2 reds hit homers tonight

  21. Scooter is on another planet since becoming a red! I believe that’ll sign and seal his new contract with the fightin Castellini’s

  22. Nice showing by the Reds. All three reached base, Scooter with a clutch home run and Joey with his own bomb. The dropped foul ball was not an easy play – on top of the dugout rail in the corner, in an unfamiliar park. The last six AL runs are on Hader and Stripling with a minor Votto footnote. After a lot of Reds 0-fers it was nice to see the Cincinnati contingent make some noise!

    • Agree about the dropped foul ball – that did not look to be an easy catch. Really glad to see the Votto homer – I believe that may be his first hit in an All Star game.

  23. That was a FUN all star game. Even Mrs. Cossack got excited when the Reds players entered the game and began making an impact. Now let’s buckle down for the 2nd half of the season. Outside of Harvey, I don’t see the Reds moving anyone by the trade deadline, at least not any significant trade (i.e. Scooter, Iggy, etc.).

    • I agree. Nor BHam and Duvall. Nor any of the relievers. No trades at the deadline. And I only give it a 50-50 chance at best of Harvey being traded by July 31. Maybe by Aug. 31, but I don’t really see Harvey not getting claimed off of waivers to facilitate an August trade. That means losing Harvey to a waiver claim or Harvey walks as a free agent and the Reds get nothing for him just like they did with Cozart last year. Much different situations, but the same result.
      All the while the Reds front office will mismanage getting Robert Stephenson up to the Reds soon. Stephenson should be promoted by Friday, but it won’t happen. Bailey will get the call. Bailey will get activated from the DL, Romano will go to the pen, and Jackson Stephens will go back to AAA.
      The Reds will have a lot riding on Harvey’s next 2 starts and even more so on Bailey’s first 3 or 4 starts when he gets back.
      And then look at that tough August stretch on the Reds schedule. June and July’s schedule was better for the Reds than that tough April and May. And the Reds took advantage. I hope they can hold their own in August because it will show just how far the Reds have come this season, or just how much work they have to do in the off-season.
      I don’t like this standing pat at the trade deadline this year. Don’t leave all the heavy lifting for the winter.

  24. Didn’t hear it on FOX, or in here, but it was pretty neat to see, in the 10th inning, three Reds manning spots on the All Star diamond at once. It took me back to the Big Red Machine days when that was a common occurrence.

    • It reminds me of 1957 when fans voted Reds players into all eight positions, but it was altered by the Commissioner.

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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